Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

Anyone and everyone has to at some point in time buy laundry detergent. If it wasn’t for laundry detergent these days very few of us would have super clean clothes. The one thing that we must ponder, though, about store about laundry detergent is how safe it is for the environment. Ever took a good look at the ingredients on various laundry detergent bottles and or boxes? The answer to whether or not laundry detergent is safe for the environment is easily answered with a plain and simple, straight forward, “no”. There are too many chemicals, etc. in laundry detergents that aren’t environmentally friendly, which makes it hard on the water. Luckily, there is way around it. Ever thought about making your own eco-friendly laundry detergent? If so, or even if you are simply curious up to this point, then continue reading from here on out…

The following recipes are recipes that you can easily make at home in order to make eco-friendly laundry detergents.

Eco-Friendly Powdered Laundry Detergent

1 bar of soap (not antibacterial)
1/2 cup of borax
1/2 cup of baking soda
Resealable container

1. Grate bar of soap into container.
2. Pour in borax and baking soda.
3. Mix well.
4. Use 1 tbsp. for small or lightly soiled loads and 2 tbsp. for large or heavily soiled loads.

This recipe is by “GreenKnitter”. You can view this recipe in their article online.

Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

5 ounces of pure soap (can be deodorant soap)- preferably cruelty-free soap. I use pure glycerin soap. If you can find Zote Soap, that’s great.
Water (faucet is fine)
large pot (3-4 quart size)
Soda Ash (Sodium Carbonate) – a.k.a Washing Soda – can be found at grocery, photography, and pool supply stores.

1. Grate the 5 ounces of soap into the pot and just cover with water.
2. Heat until soap is dissolved. Heat on low to medium heat, stirring continually.
3. After heating and dissolving, fill pot the rest of the way with more water. Stir in ONE cup full of soda ash/washing soda.
4. Stir mixture until soda ash is dissolved. I usually heat mine on low and stir to dissolve the soda ash completely. Let mixture cool.
5. Funnel into a large recycled container, such as a recycled juice bottle, a cola bottle, or anything else you can find. Use 1/4 cup per full load of laundry.

This recipe is by “themissiah”. This recipe can be viewed in their article online.


The Days of Eco-Friendly Bubble Baths Are Here!

illustration of a woman having a bubble bath

The majority of women love to take bubble baths. Bubble baths can be very soothing and comforting, especially when the lights are turned off and or are turned down low, along with having a candlelit. While regular bubble baths are great, what about an eco-friendly bubble bath? Eco-friendly bubble bath soap can be homemade or even bought already made, just like with regular bubble bath soap. So, the question is now, how would one go about making homemade eco-friendly bubble bath soap? Keep reading to find out!

Follow this recipe for great ideas on how to make your own eco-friendly bubble bath soap:

Homemade Bubble Bath


Eco-Friendly Liquid Soap

3/4 cup Water

1/2 – 1 tsp. Glycerin
Essential Oils (optional)

Combine 1 cup baby shampoo or eco-friendly liquid soap with ¾ cup water, and ½ to 1 teaspoon glycerin in a reusable plastic bottle. Add a few drops to running water at bath time for a fun, bubbly, nourishing bath. As an added perk, add a few drops of essential oil such as lavender, orange, or chamomile directly to the bathwater.

This recipe is by Jenn. Please visit The Green Parent to view her complete article with this recipe in it.

Take a look at these bubble bath soaps that you can purchase online:

Bubble Bath with Grapefruit Seed Extract
This bubble bath put out by Nutribiotic is a very gentle bubble bath and hypoallergenic. It is moisturizing, natural, oil-free, and tear-free.

Bubble Bath Vanilla 
Bubble Bath vanilla is put out by Rainbow Research. Their bubbles are very long-lasting, and also is safe for kids.

Bubble Bath, Rose Geranium & Citrus –
This bubble bath is put out by EO. Their bubble bath is gentle and is made with essential oils.

Organic Bubble Bath with Lavender, Lemon & Tea Tree –
Organic Bubble with Lavender, Lemon & Tea Tree is put out by Little Twig. Their bubble bath is gentle and works really well with sensitive skin. It contains vitamin E, aloe vera, and jojoba oil, which soothes sensitive skin.

Quick Tip: Replace your regular candle during bubble bath time with a soy or beeswax-based candle for an environmentally friendly touch.