Friday, April 23, 2010

Make your own laundry detergent

There are many sites on the web that explain how to make your own laundry detergent. Here is just one example.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Our coconut allergic friend, Heather says uses the Grandma's Lye soap. The great news is, people save a ton of money when they do it!


Anonymous said...

Have you heard of Soap Nuts? They're just nuts with natural saponin. They last about 20 washes. Just wondering as well- what do you use for dishsoap?

Anonymous said...

You may be interested to know, if you haven't researched it already, that there is a potential link between coconut and latex allergies.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your blog! I've developed a coconut allergy and there is not a whole lot out there on the internet to help those of us with this allergy.

Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

pretty sure the ivory bar soap/flake soap listed as an ingredient to the homemade detergent has coconut oil in it.

Becky said...

Yes, the example soap may not be coconut free, but you are supposed to substitute your own favorite soap in the recipe, like grandmas' lye soap or olive oil soap and grate it.

Anonymous said...

Grandma's lye soap - is it meant to use in the shower or is it meant for use to wash clothes?

Becky said...

People use lye soap for whatever. I just wouldn't use it on anything you are going to eat.

Amy said...

I tried homemade laundry soap a few years ago and found it didn't work well in our hard water. Has anyone found a way to fix that problem with the homemade stuff?

iownfrodo said...

Grandma's Lye Soap is not cheap at almost $3 a bar. If you made your own lye soap or did it with a friend and did the proper aging of it and pH testing, it would definitely be worth it. By the way, thank you for this blog. It is SO hard to find things without coconut in it that it just drives me crazy. Even granola bars and protein drinks contain it.

AZ Desertgirl said...

My dermatologist suggested All Free & Clear, which I've been using for 9 months now. I can't tell if it's helping because my hives keep reappearing, on other body parts. I looked at the packaging and it tells you go to to their website for the product ingredients. What's up with that? How is a consumer supposed to make an informed decision at the store, when they have to stop to look at a companies website? Their site has cookies and it's not easily accessible.

Here are the ingredients:
all® free clear Product Ingredients:
Water - Solvent.
Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate - Surfactant.
Ethoxylated Lauryl Alcohol - Surfactant.
Sodium Silicate - Builder.
Sodium Hydroxide - pH Adjuster.
Coconut fatty acid salt - Defoamer.
Sodium Xylenesulfonate - Surfactant.

Perhaps if I eliminate most other offending agents, I'll be better off and get to use the All Free & Clear Mighty Pacs. I don't think I'm ready to make my own laundry soap.

JT4Lyfe said...

Hi All, I JUST found coconut-free laundry detergent pods and wanted to share here! The company also makes coconut-free powdered laundry detergent:

Please be aware that some of the products this company makes DO contain coconut, so be sure to check their ingredients list before purchasing:

Xmark said...

It's good to know that these Pintor 5 in 1 Laundry Liquid Detergent Pods are eco-friendly and can be used in cold water. As someone who is trying to be more environmentally conscious, I appreciate when companies make products that are better for the planet.