Make Your Own Zero Waste Laundry Liquid
Here at Kinfolk Soap we are all about reducing waste and avoiding single use plastics.
We have been making our own laundry detergent, fabric softener, dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent and household cleaners for ages now. Not only is it a lot cheaper, and more fun, but it also means we have avoided putting all those bottles and containers into landfill and nasty chemicals onto our skin or into our waterways.
When we thought about selling our laundry detergent we came up against the problem of finding low waste packaging solutions. Even glass bottles often come with plastic lids. Our reusable hessian bag and recyclable instruction tag makes good sense and saves you lugging all those heavy bottles home from the supermarket.
So here's our solution ....
Make Your Own Laundry Liquid Kits !
Making 4 litres of laundry liquid takes about five minutes and you get to feel all warm and fuzzy for supporting a small business, avoiding single use plastics, saving yourself from all those harsh chemicals usually found in detergents. You can also re-use one of those many bottles we all have at home already.
So how does it work ?
Simply pour the contents of the kit into a saucepan with one litre of hot water and stir over medium heat for a couple of minutes until everything dissolves. Pour this into your container and top up with three litres of cold water. Give it a good shake and you're ready to go. That's it .. super simple.
This is a concentrated mix so you only need 1/3 cup per normal wash or 1/2 cup for a grubbier load. This kit yields enough detergent for approximately 50 loads of washing meaning you're paying only 30 cents per load. Set your machine to eco and cold water and you're getting more environmental gold stars. Stand in the sun and hang it on the line, instead of using the dryer, and your brownie points are skyrocketing. We don't use chemical emulsifiers or stabilisers so you will need to give the bottle a quick shake before use.
Kinfolk Soap laundry liquid is safe for all skin types, we even use it for our little Lulu's baby clothes. In an effort to be truly waste free we use Kinfolk Soap castille soap shreds, other ingredients sourced from a local co-op and essential oils to create this low tox blend.
Compare this to the ingredients on a premium (think $9.95 for 1 litre in a plastic bottle) supermarket detergent which costs around 90 cents per load....
Water, Alkyl Polyglycosides, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Oleate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Fragrance, Benzisothiazolinone, CI 61585.
So, give it a try and let us know what you think.
From our family to yours,
Catherine and Zoe