With a family of four I find that I do a LOT of laundry! Since we’ve taken on cloth diapers and since our newest addition was born, I do at least a couple of loads per day. Really, I don’t mind it too much. It’s part of the routine. However, when you are doing that much laundry, you really start to consider how much you are spending on laundry detergent.
Because I had severe eczema my whole life, we found out when I was young that plain ol’ Tide was the only detergent we could use that wouldn’t break me out. I believe that my skin got used to it, not so much that it was the best solution for my sensitive skin. When I started getting into a greener lifestyle, I realized how many chemicals are in laundry detergents and thought maybe that was part of the reason that I had so much trouble with my eczema. Since my son has shown the same symptoms of eczema that I used to have, we decided to go for an all natural approach.
I made my own batch of all natural laundry detergent, which made me feel wonderful because I wasn’t putting any harsh chemicals onto our clothes to soak into our bodies. I found, however, that my messy 2 year old and newborn baby girl’s clothes were not getting as squeaky clean as Tide had done for us before, so I began looking for another natural alternative.
If I thought I was doing something right by making an “all natural detergent” before, I was wrong! While the ingredients that I used in my homemade detergent were natural and safe, I found that it didn’t have much stain fighting power. Enter Soap Nuts.