|Soap nuts, soapwort root, and papaya leaf|
This is something I've been formulating for a little while now. I've always wanted to try soapwort root for washing. And while researching that, I learned that papaya leaf not only posesses mild cleansing abilities, it is also antibacterial and has been used internally to rid of intestinal worms. (Saying that, PLEASE do not drink the laundry soap!!!) I decided to combine the three to see how well it would work on my son's stinky diapers. (If you have a toddler, you know just how stinky those diapers can get!)
|1 DIY kit yields 1 pint jar of Natural Laundry Soap|
I expected it to clean the diapers at least as well as the previously purchased liquid soap nuts. Not only did it, but it made them softer - at least in my hard water, I could definitely tell a difference. So then I tried it on my clothes - and they were softer too! However, my mom, who has soft water, didn't feel a difference. Now, I haven't used a fabric softener for years - didn't want to risk buildup on the diapers - so the next test - bath towels. Since we have ridiculously hard water, some of our cheaper bath towels feel rough, even after being dried in the dryer. Not only that, but we live in a 112 yr old home, which has no bathroom ventilation besides a window. Although we use a good fan for air circulation, we still can get that stinky wet towel smell. Suprisingly, the rough bath towels didn't feel softer like the rest of my clothes, but there was a benefit I didn't think of, which I believe to be due to the papaya leaf. Normally we use our bath towels for a few days before grabbing clean ones. As soon as they start to stink, they go in the basket. I took one of these newly-laundered ones and used it as a test. It took much, much longer to get that musty wet towel smell! I also have a waffle weave fabric shower curtain that I wash right with my towels. It gets lime and rust buildup on it, and while the new laundry soap didn't get it pristine white by any means, it did a heck of a better job than bleach ever did.
The downside: this liquid laundry soap does not take out oil-based stains. If you wish to use it on your regular laundry, you may still want to use a stain-remover.
Natural Laundry Soap DIY Kit. The recipe amounts provided when made fits perfectly in a pint size jar.
|Natural Ammonia Remover|