DIY Detergent

If you are looking for a DIY alternative to store bought detergent in order to cut down on your plastic usage, take a look at this recipe and see what you think.

1 to 1.5 cups washing soda/soda ash
2 cups baking soda
2 bars castile soap
*40 drops 100% Essential oils (optional)

ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS
**Washing Soda is sodium carbonate and it comes from the ash of burned plants, which is why it is also called soda ash. Washing Soda is great at removing grease and stains. The way washing soda works is by attaching itself to hard water and “softening” it in order for the cleaning agent in detergent to clean the fibers in fabric. Washing soda is considered highly alkaline, which means that it can break down fabric faster and fade colors a bit quicker than other ingredients such as baking soda, so never use too much washing soda.

Baking soda is Sodium bicarbonate. It helps to reduce and get rid of odors in fabrics, it can naturally soften fabric and it helps to control the amount of suds created by the detergent. It has a milder alkalinity than washing soda, so it is less damaging on fabrics but it still neutralizes odor causing acids and helps to make a detergent more effective.

Castile soap is one of the oldest known soaps and it is natural, non-toxic and biodegradable. It is made from ingredients created from plants, nuts and vegetables. How castile soap works is by creating charged free-floating atoms (when combined with water) which attract and capture dirt. Once the water is softened by the washing soda the castile soap is able to get in there and grab that dirt and do-away with it; and in conjunction to that, the baking soda is working hard to grab those odors and drop kick them to the curb.

Brands like Dr. Bronners are made up of organic fair trade oils and they are packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Some of the soaps also contain fragrant oils and extracts such as orange, lavender and peppermint. When purchasing those soaps it is not necessary to add the essential oils to the detergent. I personally love the lavender castile soap, so I do not add any essential oils when I use that soap. When I pull the laundry out of the washer it has an amazing lavender scent that I can smell without even putting the clothes up to my nose. That scent does die down a bit after the clothes have been put through a dryer cycle, unless you happen to follow it up with a scented wool dryer ball.

Vinegar is another great ingredient that helps brighten colors, remove odors and soften fabric, but never mix the vinegar directly into the baking soda and washing soda powder. Vinegar will reduce the efficiency of the detergent powder by neutralizing the alkalinity of the baking soda and washing soda. Instead just add 1/4 to 1 cup of organic distilled vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser when doing a load of laundry. 

This has been a wonderful laundry recipe for my families use, but feel free to tweak to best suit your needs. Just make sure to do your research when making any DIY recipes before using them. 🙂

How to make the detergent
(Read all instructions before proceeding to make the recipe)

(Keep your face, nose and mouth away from the food processor when mixing the ingredients and when taking the lid off of the food processor. Do not inhale the dust created from mixing the ingredients together. For extra precaution wear a mask during this process. Keep children and pets away when mixing ingredients together.)

  • 1)  Grate 2 bars of castile soap.
  • 2)  Place the castile soap, washing ash and baking soda in a food processor.
  • Optional: Add essential oils to the food processor before mixing.
  • 3)  Pulse ingredients in food processor until mixed. 
  • 4)  Place mixed ingredients into a glass jar with a lid and your ready to wash your first load of laundry.
  • 5)  I recommend an 1/8 cup of detergent per load, but you may need 1/4 cup depending on the size of laundry load.

*Always keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets, and keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to adding essential oils to any detergent.

**Make sure to keep washing soda out of the reach of children and pets. You should wear gloves when handling washing soda because it can cause skin irritation. It can be harmful to the eyes, cause irritation to the lungs if inhaled, and may cause abdominal pain or vomiting if large doses are swallowed. Wear a mask for extra precaution when handling Washing Soda.

Source: https://www.thespruce.com/https://www.thekitchn.com/https://boxwoodavenue.com/https://shop.drbronner.com/

Mission

What’s around you? Take five minutes and just stop, stop thinking about what you are going to do tomorrow, the list of things you have to get done or the people you need to do something for, and go outside and just look around you. It’s only five minutes…you probably take longer to go to check something on your phone.

Where are you? Can you feel a breeze, is the sun shining, are there people around you or are you surrounded by nature? What does nature look like?

Everyone gets busy. It is quite a busy world now-a-days. But we all, myself included, need to stop and look around. What do you smell? What do you hear? What do you see?

I’m sitting outside. There is a slight breeze, making the trees sway ever so slightly to their favorite tune. There’s a choir of humming off and on it the background…locusts I think. A dragonfly just swung by to say hello, and a sugar bee is all a jitter with the newest dance moves he just learned. Fluffy white turtles slowly swim along above me in the beautiful blue skies. The bumble bees are hard at work while the little white moths play in the grass. The earth is a magnificent living being, and one that deserves our admiration.

Why? “It doesn’t pay the bills, it’s annoying and gets in my way, and humans are at the top of the food chain…” Well speaking of food, many forms of nature are apart of our food system, and most of our food comes from the earth. Whether it’s grown in the ground or is an animal that feeds off the earth. The very nature, the very earth we often take for granted and forget to take care of, is our‐‐‐humans‐‐‐ life force. Everything we do to this planet, everything we put into the earth, effects the balance of nature in some way, from the pollinators to the oxygen producing microscopic organisms in the ocean, and then it comes full circle to effect humans.

The earth is the very thing we drink and eat every day, 365 days a year. Your meat comes from the animals that eat the crops that are grown on the earth, the fruits and vegetables grow from the earth, and most of the ingredients used to make the foods in our grocery stores originate from the earth in some way. If you put chemicals into it or throw trash all over and in it, it’s like putting chemicals and trash on your dinner plate or in your glass of water. We are our own worst enemies.

Sure humans are capable of creating amazing technological advances that has changed the world, and the human race is a force to be reckoned with, for we are great at killing each other and everything around us. But what we lack is the ability to see the world as one unit, the ability to work together, no matter our differences, for the greater good of everyone including our planet. The human race unlike the earth can not exist solely on its own, as a matter of fact the more scarce food and water are, the more likely we are to be more hateful to our own race. Without oxygen we would not be able to breathe. We would cease to exist. But the earth and nature could thrive without humans. So are we truly at the top of the food chain?

So the mission… I am not much different than many. As a lot of others throughout the world, I too need to change a lot in my life when it comes to the earth and nature and how I treat those things. And I know it isn’t easy with such a busy, busy world out there, but it’s not impossible. I want to inspire positive change in how we see and understand this world, which in turn, creates a new appreciation for this planet that works so hard to keep humans alive.

It is a new journey for me, and there are many new things I look forward to learning about and, hopefully at the end of the journey, I will come out one day and look at a world that is more one with itself and everything on it. That has a better understanding of the earth and how it’s imbalance creates instability in nature and humans. A world where everyone is inspired to work with nature and each other to positively change our world for the better.

I hope you decide to join me in this journey, because I foresee a fun and interesting adventure. 🙂

Inspire.Positive.Change.

I am (fill in the blank).

How did you fill that sentence in? “I am living a happy life. I am a positive person. I am very creative. I am healthy.” Or did you go with the old stand-bys? “I am ugly. I am tired. I am sick. I am broke.” If you chose the more negative wording to complete that sentence, repeat it again and this time consciously take note at how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally when you are speaking those words, whether in your head or out loud. Remember that feeling. Now, come up with a word that is the complete positive opposite. “I am beautiful. I am full of energy. I am healthy. I am prosperous.” Say the positive version one more time, and this time, again take note at how you feel when you say those words.

For some people the thought of saying a positive affirmation gives them the heebie-jeebies. Why is that? Why, when some of us are met face to face with the decision to say something positive about ourselves, we laugh at how ridiculous an idea that is. Or better yet, come up with a way to make fun of it or make fun of the person suggesting it. We would rather continue to shell out hateful things in our heads and make fun of people, than even consider thinking something positive or say a positive affirmation. Seems a little cruel to ourselves and those around us, when the overall goal is to change negative thinking into positive thinking, in order to better enjoy their life.

Positive affirmations

So what are they anyways? What is this strange thing, affirmation? Think of an affirmation as a seed. There are negative seeds and positive seeds. When you plant one of these seeds or someone else does, and then you decide to water it, it grows. Depending on which seed you chose to water, depends on which affirmation grows. If you water the self-sabotaging seed, it grows and creates more self-sabotaging affirmations; “I hate myself. I am so stupid. I will never accomplish anything.” If you decided to water the positive seed, it grows more positive affirmations; “I will learn how to do this. I will be successful and reach my goals.” Have you ever been around someone who was in a bad mood or constantly negative? You are in a good mood before you get around them, but after some time, you find yourself not so happy anymore. That’s how a person’s attitude and thoughts can affect another person. Think about how your attitude and thoughts affects you, mentally, emotionally and physically. Seems like a reasonable thing that makes sense, don’t you think.

So why do some people avoid positive affirmations and positive thinking like the plaque? Remember that when something is not done in our everyday life, it’s something we’ve never tried or experienced, it will seem strange and unfamiliar. Something is weird because it’s not a normal everyday thing in your life; it’s different. But different doesn’t make it wrong. Think about someone who has never ridden a pedal bike. They were never taught how to ride a bike and now at the age of 38 the decision to ride a bike seems like a foreign concept. “Why do I need to ride a bike? I have gone 38 years never riding a bike, why learn now?” But someone, a close friend or significant other, finally convinces them to get on a bike. @&#%! *@&$! Expletives come rolling out their mouth as they take their first tumble. “Nope it’s not for me. I don’t like it. It makes me feel uncomfortable. Not doing it. Riding a bike is not in my genes.”

Let’s rewind time for this person and go back to when they were a little kid. We are going to change their history for a moment and this time around they get the chance to learn how to ride a bike at a young age. Again, they fall on their first try, but instead of giving up they think about that moment before they fell, where they were happy and having fun. They didn’t think about being embarrassed, there wasn’t anyone laughing at them, but instead they were being encouraged to get back on the bike and keep trying. And that is exactly what they did, because they wanted to be in that fun and exciting moment again. In no time at all, they are riding down to the end of the block without a single fall. And you guessed it, huge smile and having the time of their life.

That bike is positive affirmations, and the reason they seem so strange to some of us, is because we are the person who never road a bike for 38 years. It’s not a norm, and it’s not a norm for a lot of people which makes for a great domino effect. It has become that weird thing, and now we are worried what people will think; we’re worried about being made fun of. We also think because we’ve never done positive affirmations, that we don’t need them. But what if we do? What if we don’t know what we’re missing until we give it a chance. What if you get on that bike and not worry that it feels strange to do something different? What if you really try to learn and find that it changes your life. You’re happier because you’re having fun and it makes you feel good.

So the next time you come across a positive affirmation or someone suggesting you try a positive affirmation, instead of making fun of that person or the concept of it (because heaven forbid you think something positive….that’s such an awful thing to do, ya know) give it a chance. It just might change your life….for the positive. 🙂

Inspire.Positive.Change.