This is a super simple laundry recipe that is as clean as the ingredients you add and easy on the budget!
My journey to Functional Nutrition started many moons ago with a DIY obsession. Seriously. You name it and I tried to make it - lip balm, body butter, carpet cleaner, the list is endless. What began as a creative outlet and desire to be thrifty, soon grew into an awareness about the harsh chemicals and toxins in all of the products I was slowly replacing with DIY recipes. The more I learned about the effects of those toxins, the more I needed to know. Fast forward a graduate degree, residency and an insane amount of studying, I now understand how those toxins clog up our biochemical pathways. How they can literally regulate genetic expression, turning genes ON or OFF. The same genes that control hormones, weight, mood - essentially everything.
While food is my game, I can't underplay the importance of limiting exposure to environmental toxins. All these toxins must be cleared by multiple metabolic detox pathways. Limiting exposure and eating nutrient-dense foods to support your detox pathways (which rely on vitamins and minerals for activity) are both really important. When choosing household products, just like food, opt for fewer ingredients; ones we can recognize and pronounce. For those ready to jump on the DIY wagon, I am sharing my tried and true Laundry Powder Recipe. I can't say that all my DIY experiments were keepers, but I can swear by this laundry soap. All you need are a few ingredients, all available at your local Walmart, and a food processor. Give it a try and let me know how it works – and watch your savings rack up!
Clean and Simple
1 bar grated Castile Soap (Kirk's / Bronner's)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
A few drops of Essential Oil (optional)
Using a cheese grater, grate the entire bar of soap.
Mix all ingredients in a food processor until well combined and a fine consistency.
Store the powder in a jar and use ~1 tablespoon per load.
Recipe fits perfectly in a 32oz mason jar. I add a JarWare "coffee scoop" for easy dispensing.
Add a cup of white vinegar to your wash for extra cleansing and softening.
Dry your laundry with wool dryer balls and a few drops of your favorite essential oil