When we moved to our current home I was looking for all sorts of ways to cut back on costs. However, I also try to keep in mind that our health and the health of the environment need to taken into consideration. Sometimes it is more important to pay a little extra now so that our health is not as affected (and we pay more) later. See, http://www.energeticnutrition.com/vitalzym/xeno_phyto_estrogens.html, regarding xenoestrogen.
One of the simplest ways to cut on costs but care for yourself and the environment is by making your own laundry soap. There are many different ways but all are simple and at its basic, much cheaper and safer than store bought.
What you’ll need:
For a basic recipe, and the most cost-effective, you will need:
1 cup of Borax
1 cup baking soda or soda ash
1 cup castille soap, grated
I use Dr. Bronner’s soap, which can be purchased at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_4?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dr+bronners&sprefix=dr+b%2Caps%2C135&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Adr+bronners
We prefer the peppermint scent but there are lots to choose from. They come in six bars to a package which saves money.
I have a small glass jar with an old coffee scoop I use to scoop the soap into the washer. One full scoop is enough for a large load, but play with the measurements if you think you need more or less.
I usually mix the ingredients together, place in the glass jar and have them ready. (On occasion, I need to give the jar a good shake because the soap flakes settle to the bottom.)
Some of you may find the grating of soap to take too long or be too tedious. In this case, just mix the borax and soda together. When you do your washing, add the soda mixture and then a squirt or two of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, found at the link above. This is faster but not quite as cost effective.
If you find that the soap is not giving you a powerful enough scent, purchase scent-free soap and add a couple of drops of scented oil. I like the Aura Cacia brand which can be purchased at Whole Foods, Vitacost or Amazon.