And another thing, you can’t buy laundry soap without coconut in it either. (To get a list of coconut derivatives, go here, thanks to Becky at the Allergic to Coconut? blog.) Since I decided I wanted to try cutting out any coconut derivatives that touch my skin, laundry soap was a target too.
I found this great site for 10 Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipes. The bar soaps they have listed contain coconut, but I tried substituting the Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Bar Soap for the soap they called for and it worked fine. The recipe I used was Powdered #4 on the list.
Denise’s Version of DIY Powdered Laundry Soap
- 1 Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap – 8 oz bar, grated (I grated it in my food processor, dumped it out, put the blade in, put it back in the food processor and pulverized it some more. Doesn’t take as long to dissolve in the water this way. Make sure you clean your food processor really well afterwards.)
- 1 cup of borax
- 1 cup of washing soda
Grate Kiss My Face Soap. Place in container with borax and washing soda and mix thoroughly. Use 2 Tablespoons per load.
For the dryer, dryer sheets are loaded with chemicals and waxes, and aren’t great for people with sensitive skin. Let’s assume coconut is a common base ingredient here like it is everywhere else. What can you do?
You can make your own felted wool dryer balls to use in place of fabric softener, or you can buy them or use the plastic ones. Amazon has both here.
Now, neither of us has tried soap nuts, and Denise isn’t sure if they are potentially cross-reactive with coconut/palm (anyone know?), but they’re another potential alternative out there. Anyone tried this?
Sorry. We can’t help you with folding. But Martha can: