In the realm of laundering clothes, modernized conveniences have brought us a long way from the olden days of beating clothes on rocks to agitate the dirt out of them. One of the conveniences from the 20th century was the advent of commercial detergents to aid in the work that manual agitation once did. Additionally, these commercial detergents are formulated to help clean better in the event that someone has hard water. These detergents are typically made from non-renewable petrochemical products, and even the ones that are derived from renewable ingredients like coconut or palm oils still require industrial processes to turn them into detergents/surfactants. In addition to the higher cost per load and the environmental impact involved in the manufacturing, there are frequently fragrances added that can be irritating to some people's skin when they wear clothes laundered in such products. For these reasons, some people have taken to making their own natural soap recipes to replace the conventional laundry detergents.
A common recipe for a homemade laundry soap powder would include a basic unscented soap (shaved into flakes) mixed with borax and washing soda. This makes a quite effective powder which cleans, freshens, and can be made for pennies per load.
So, what exactly is laundry butter? one might ask. It's basically the 2.0 version of the natural soap powder recipes out there, but constructed in a way that dissolves the ingredients into distilled water for a final product that is more of a paste or butter consistency. I find that this form makes it extremely convenient to use, and there is never any undissolved soap left over at the end of the wash cycle - a problem which can arise with the natural laundry powders. (Just be sure to add it straight into the washer on top of the clothes instead of into the dispenser.) The advantages of using a natural laundry butter are the low cost, the use of sustainable ingredients to make a much lower environmental impact product, and the advantages of fragrance-free products for skin sensitivities. Additionally, it's gentle enough to use on delicate loads.
An additional advantage of the laundry butter is that they don't suds up very much at all (owing to being a soap rather than a surfactant), so it is IDEAL for HE washers. (Don't get me wrong, they still clean and brighten quite effectively despite the low suds.) If you have an HE washer, you know that the water trap in the bottom of the machine can get really funky/stinky from the anaerobic organisms living in the residual water left in your washer. I have observed that using the laundry butter has the effect of making this drain water have almost no smell at all. It definitely cleans thoroughly, though. As a matter of fact, some of my customers live in farming families, and describe to me that they just throw their muddy, livestock funky farm clothes right into the washer (without any presoak) and they come out clean and fresh every single time. The natural laundry butter is also much easier on septic systems. Many people report they don't have the same kind of buildup in their septic systems since switching to the natural laundry butter.
So, whatever your laundry needs, check out some natural laundry butter today. You'll be surprised.
Sorting out life, one load at a time.