Saturday, June 8, 2013

Natural and homemade Washer Machine Soap

Well... probably calling it a soap is too much. Really it is just a simple cocktail of ingredients that wash your clothes very well. A little bit of this and that well shaken in the washer machine and a great result. As always, it is natural simple and cheap!
In this case I did not dip into my past for this recipe, but rather from my desire to use detergents made from ingredients that I know. We all like our laundry coming out clean, soft, and good smelling; but what about also chemical-free?? Skin is the biggest organ of our body, and it is designed to absorb, transpire, and "open the doors" to everything that surrounds it.
If we soak it in an ocean of artificial substances, most of the time unnecessary and toxic, it will be the same as drinking them! If you want more information about regular detergents, ingredients, and effects go here

Here is my recipe, shake well and enjoy your cocktail!

IT ONLY TAKES 2 MINUTES!! I timed myself, so do not say modern women do not have time for this. ; )

For the Washer Machine "Soap" :
2 small sized white towels(or old towels cut in to napkin size pieces)
Baking Soda
Essential oil of Lavender or Tea Tree(The two best antiseptic oils) 
Soap bar (I use Marsiglia soap bars, but Dove, or Trader`s Joes natural soap bars or similar work too)  
White vinegar, or apple cider (do NOT use colored vinegar because it leaves spots in the fabric)
Every ingredient that I choose has a specific function. The first most important ingredient is WATER. Maybe we don`t think about it, but specifically hot water is the thing that does 80% of the cleaning. Therefore the machine already does most of the work! You just need to give it a boost! The soap bar, scrubbed in to the towels, will clean greasy parts of grease.
The baking soda, together with the lavender or the tea tree essential oils, make your clothes cleaner because they all have antiseptic properties. That means that by adding them you will eliminate germs and bacteria and the oils will also give a delicate profumino (good smell in Italian) to the clothes.  
Finally, if cannot resist adding a softener simply use white vinegar. I also use it as hair conditioner!! 

Do it with me step by step
For every load, in this order:
  • 2 tbs baking soda
  • 4 drops of lavender essential oil
  • Put the laundry into the washer machine
  • In a sink wet the towels and scrub the soap into them until you can tell they are well soaped.  
  • Insert them among the clothes (try not to put them in the same spot, as you want them to release the soap equally)
  • Add 1 or 2 spoons of white or apple cider vinegar in the appropriate area for softeners.
  • Press START ! 
 TIP: To clean stains or strong odors use an old style laundry brush. Soap abundantly the interested area and brush it energetically before adding it to the rest of the laundry  

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