|remember growing these crystals in a jar as a child?|
We also don’t have a tumble drier. Which means that most things--especially towels--are more than a wee bit on the scratchy side. Most fabric softeners contain a whole host of chemicals--including beef tallow in the case of Downey and some brands of drier sheets. YUK. You can buy eco ones but they cost a packet. I tried just using vinegar in combination with washing soda (soda crystals) as a water softener and there was a bit of improvement. But the towels were still quite sandpaper-y.
Petroleum in the form of paraffinium liquidum which is mineral oil.
Propylene glycol which is a form of anti-freeze.
Paraben preservatives which can disrupt hormone function and have been found in breast tissue of women with breast cancer.
MEA, DEA or TEA which mix with other ingredients to form formaldehyde in the body.
Cheap foaming agent sodium lauryl sulphate which is an industrial degreaser and can cause serious, burn like skin irritation.
6 cups water
3 cups vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner
My recipe--makes 5.5 cups
3 cups water
1.5 cups (orange) vinegar
1 cup conditioner
I put it in this 1 litre jug and gave it a good old shake for the whole length of Tom and Olly’s Love at the Disco that I was jamming to on my I-pod. That was it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. It had a faint pleasant scent--like an orange creamsicle. But not overpowering like a French whorehouse the way so many fabric softeners do. Smelling heavily perfumed fabric softener makes me reach for my asthma inhaler. Plus with this recipe you can’t smell it on the final product when it comes out of the washing machine—it just smells fresh and clean. Perfect for us.
I’ll let you know how it goes--but I’m pretty pleased so far. Now go and make it yourself.