What constitutes clean? Have you ever stopped to think about it? I’m sure we all agree that, in the simplest terms, it means unsoiled and without dirt. It seems to me that once we go beyond, the definition can get a bit fuzzy. I’d like to know where the word “antibacterial” fits in. Does something have to be super sterilized and surgery-ready to qualify as clean? And while we’re on the subject, what’s the deal with “fragrance,” “phosphates,” and “phenols?”
There is plenty of debate on the interwebs regarding the benefits/detriments of the plethora of additives in any of the products we consume. Rather than entrench this post in the veritable who dunnit of scientific sanitary advances, I’m going to sidestep it all and pose one simple question: Is it really necessary?
My answer is, no. Probably not. If you get back to what CLEAN really means, fresh scent does not indicate clean. Extra-whitened does not promise clean. And super extra concentrated formula certainly does not guarantee clean.
So in an effort to strip away the unneeded, I provide to you my recipe for basic laundry detergent. Using Borax (a natural mineral compound), washing soda (Sodium carbonate), and regular old soap, you can rinse away your grime knowing that you’ve eliminated unnecessary, non-biodegradable chemicals from your washing routine.
What you’ll need:
- 3 bars of soap (real soap, not cleansing bars – just read your labels)
- 3 cups of washing soda
- 3 cups of Borax
1. Grate the bars of soap using cheese grater.
2. Measure out the washing soda and Borax.
3. Pour all ingredients into food processor and pulse until blended. If your food processor is tiny like mine, just mix it in batches.
The finished product will look indistinguishable from store-bought detergent, but with one bonus; you only need around a tablespoon per load!
*Please note, Halitrax does not endorse or condemn specific brands.*