Natural Washing Powder Posted on 01 Apr 10:02

Topic #1: Natural Washing Power

In the last vlog we got muddy dying some pillows. I use an all-natural dying process in which at the end I wash my pillows with an all-natural washing powder mix.

The number one home care item that I’m asked about the most is my all natural washing powder!

The three ingredients are not only all natural & eco-safe, but also cheap!

What you need:

1 box - Arm Hammer: Washing Soda- course grained- is hydrated sodium carbonate.

1 box- Arm Hammer: Baking Soda- softer grained- Sodium bicarbonate

1 box - Borax – Sodium Tetraborate- Borax when mixed with lots of water will emulsify (grab hold of the fats/oils in your clothes), making a very thin oil-in-water emulsion that rinses right out during the rinse cycle.

1 – Used ice cream bucket (reduce & reuse!)

1 – Small scoop leftover from another product (reduce & reuse!)

Take your ice cream bucket, gradually pour a 1 inch layer of washing powder, then a 1 inch layer of baking powder, and now 1 inch layer of Borax. Now shake your bucket around, mixing it up or use a wooden spoon. Now repeat this over and over until you reach the top. Once at the top, you may want to be careful as you mix with your wooden spoon, so that it doesn’t spill out. Now add a left over scoop from another product.

Why do you want to use this natural washing powder? Think of the impact all those harsh chemicals in your store bought detergent is leaching out into the environment. If you live out in the country like I do, more than likely the water used in your washer, drains out into your backyard. It may be pointed away from your house, but think of all the animals (free range chickens in my case) that will come across this water source. Now at this point I must mention the following: Borax powder is toxic if ingested by humans and pets! Also, use common sense and do not let children swallow any of the above ingredients. Powder may irritate the skin, just wash off. Now you’re thinking about my chickens right? What about the plant life? The following is from the National Pesticide Information Center, www.npic.orst.edu:

What happens to boric acid in the environment?

Boric acid naturally occurs in the environment. It can be found in soil, water, and plants. Boric acid dissolves in water and can move with water through the soil. Under certain soil conditions it can reach ground water. However, its mobility in soil depends on pH and the presence of some metals. Boric acid can also be taken up from the soil by plants. It moves through plants into their leaves. Once there, it generally becomes stuck and does not move into the fruit. Plants need boron, a major component of boric acid, to grow. However, too much boron can be toxic to plants affecting their growth. Citrus, stone fruits, and nut trees are most sensitive to boron.

Boric acid does not emit vapors into the atmosphere. Particles that get into the air do not break down. They settle to the ground or are removed by rain.

Can boric acid affect birds, fish, or other wildlife?

Boric acid is practically non-toxic to birds. It is slightly toxic to practically non-toxic to freshwater fish. Boric acid is practically non-toxic to frogs and toads and aquatic life, such as waterfleas. The U.S. EPA concluded that boric acid is relatively nontoxic to bees.

I also found this there:

Is boric acid likely to contribute to the development of cancer?

No. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that boric acid is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. In some experiments, mice and rats were fed boric acid and borax for two years. No evidence that boric acid or borax causes cancer was found.

Now I have seen another washing mixture that has been popular and labeled as cheap, but I have found that not only is it not cheap, but contains harmful ingredients. There has even been discussion between my family members that colors seem to fade when these ingredients are used. They are right alongside the above mentioned cleaning agents on your grocery store shelf. If you use the following in your mix, it is no longer all natural: Scent boosters (the little scent beads), Oxi brand powder, and that golden bar of soap that doesn’t even but the ingredients on their packaging, I had to look it up on their website via the directions on the packaging.

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