The other day I helped someone put out their laundry, was over powered by the heavy fragrance, and broke out in rashes during the handling of their phthalate / plasticiser infested clothing….(yeah I am sensitive).
Further notes: Phthalate exposure has been linked to an increased occurrence of atopic diseases including allergic rhinitis, wheezing, and eczema
Day 30: Laundry
Music for your laundry…
So alternatives to liquid detergents that come in plastic bottles are normal soap bars or laundry soap bars for hand washing and powder in a box for washing machines.
Do your clothes really need to be washed?
Am the lady that drag tyres and also am the lady that washes her clothes only when they fail the sniff test. Many will have seen this dress whilst out speaking / campaigning and it has not been washed for a good while. No one complained & the smell check with everyone seemed to pass! (or Ngee Anne and the British Embassy were just being too polite)
At some point my clothes will be washed in a non-biological powder that comes in a cardboard box (there are a number of brands available). Am currently trying to create my own eco-enzyme solution to clean my clothes & to make it easier for others in my household to do the dishes. (Sometimes folk just want to be normal!!!).
Eco-Enzyme: Am making mine from oranges, lemons and some apple that were nearly dehydrated in the fruit basket (1 part brown sugar; 3 parts fruit peels; 9 parts water). Needs a plastic bottle (secured one dumped in a bin) as the bottle needs to expand with the fermentation process and it takes 3 months to complete – that’s what the web searches say Ref: Instructable Guide to Using Eco-Enzyme (across the pond they call it “Garbage Enzyme”)
So yah for the reduction in chemicals, reusing dead fruit and the delay in sending a plastic bottle to a landfill somewhere….here is my eco-enyzme…
Will let you know how this is in a month’s time. If you are concerned about pouring this down the toilet as a sanitiser or using it in the washing machine, here’s an academic study on eco-enzyme in waste water treatment and appears positive depending on the dilution: https://waset.org/publications/6989/a-study-of-the-garbage-enzyme-s-effects-in-domestic-wastewater
At this point, some of you are thinking this is too much faff. Here are some alternatives. I’ve not yet tried any of these.
- You can make your own from Washing Soda, Borax and a bar of soap:
The Guardian will tell you all about laundry soaps: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/oct/06/how-to-make-your-own-laundry-detergent-and-help-save-the-planetHere’s another place that gives all sorts of tips at the end of the post after providing different recipes to try: http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/
- Using some type of “saponin” plant as it has a natural soapiness: https://pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=49
- Soap nuts: mixed reviews with many more negative than positive. Maybe its all about technique?
- Horse chestnuts https://wastelandrebel.com/en/make-laundry-detergent-out-of-chestnuts/
- More ideas: https://www.newlifeonahomestead.com/saponins-plant/
Have rubbed stains down with a normal soap bar and left overnight before putting in the laundry, as well as my favourite baking soda + vinegar. This has removed blood, tumeric stains and others.
A cap full of White Vinegar in my wash. Have found this pretty good and my clothes have not smelt of vinegar at the end of a wash cycle…… well so far no one has complained I smell like vinegar except after a sweaty run!
One more day to complete for 31 days of tips for reducing disposable / single-use plastic in Plastic Free July…..then back to tyre dragging marathons….