- Phenols Can damage your lungs, heart, kidneys and liver, and are easily absorbed into the skin. Deemed toxic by the National Institutes of Health
- Optical brighteners Can trigger strong allergic reactions in humans, and are extremely toxic to fish (can cause mutations).
- Ethanol, benzyl alcohol, linalool, phosphorus, ammonia, naphthalene, phenol, sodium nitilotriacetate Can cause skin irritation and respiratory issues.
For a top load washer
You will need:
- 5-gallon bucket
- 1 bar of non-moisturizing soap
- 1 cup Super Washing Soda (not baking soda)
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 2 cups of water, plus three gallons for the bucket
Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Grate soap bar. When the water comes to a boil, add the grated soap a little at a time. Stir to completely dissolve. (Add slowly—the water may bubble up.)
Add three gallons of water to the five-gallon bucket. Add the completely dissolved soapy water mixture to the bucket. If you see soap chunks in the mixture, break them up and stir to dissolve. Add Super Washing Soda. Stir well. Add Borax. Stir well.
Cover and allow to sit for 24 hours. You may notice a jelly-type substance, or soap curd, on top of the mixture. This is perfectly fine. Just give it a good stir. Use one cup per load
For a front load washer
- 1 bar of non-moisturizing soap, grated
- 2 cups of Borax
- 2 cups of Super Washing Soda (not baking soda)
In a container with a tight-fitting lid, grate the soap. Add Borax and Super Washing Soda. Mix well, breaking up the clumps. Use about 1 tablespoon per load.
*With this product, and all other cleaners, keep out of reach of children and pets.