I've known for many years that laundry detergent is toxic but I still did not want to pay the high price of the more natural products found in Health Food Stores. About ten years ago my daughter and I started making our own laundry soap and it worked great. Unfortunately that didn't last because I moved to Panama and then bought what ever was in the store. One thing that I did learn when I was living in the tiny village was how to wash clothes on a rock! My friends Pastora and Yerisela got their clothes immaculate with just a brush and powdered soap. My conscience did bother me as I watched all those soap bubbles float down the stream.
Now back in Canada. After we installed a new dry well and rerouted our grey water to the garden we once again became acutely aware that we did not want to put any toxic chemicals on our plants....so G found a great recipe for liquid laundry soap. It did take a few days to make it but it was well worth the effort. We even sold quite a few bottles at the Flea Market on Sunday! We found that people are aware that their laundry detergent is toxic but they don't know what else to use. I've included a video and a good write up on the chemicals found in your typical laundry detergent.http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/07/06/the_toxic_dangers_of_typical_laundry_detergent.htm
I find that when we take care of our own needs I feel more powerful. It's as simple as that:)
Happy soap making!