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Make Your Own Organic Soap!

written by: chloenixon•edited by: Lindsay Evans•updated: 7/5/2010

It's hard to keep clean without soap. It's pricey enough to purchase organic soap. So, why not make your own? Here are recipes for homemade dish detergent, shower gel, and laundry detergent.

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    Harmful Chemicals Lurk In Your Soaps - Make Your Own Instead

    The beauty of buying organic products is you know what's going into them. In non-organic products the ingredient list has difficult names to prenouce and chemicals you couldn't imagine. Have you seen chemical names such as methylisothiazolinone, ethyl acetate, limonene, or linaloon? These chemicals can cause birth defects, Alzheimer's, down syndrome, and other disabilities.

    If you learn how to make your own soap you can eliminate the risk of adding these harmful chemicals in your products. You can also determine how much fragrance you need if you have sensitive skin or allergies.

    Try these organic soap recipes I use. You will love them, and you will notice the different it makes on your life and your budget.

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    How to Make Dishwashing Liquid

    Homemade Dishwashing Liquid

    • One bar of Oriflame

    • Two tablespoons of vinegar

    • Half a cup of baking soda

    • Four drops of orange oil

    Mix together, one at a time, slowly in a medium sized bowl.

    Bottle product and enjoy.

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    How to Make Shower Gel

    Homemade Shower Gel

    • A handful of rose petals

    • One cup of hot water

    • Two cups of Back To Nature shampoo

    • Two tablespoons of baby oil

    • Two tablespoons of almond oil

    First, soak rose petals in water until water has cooled.

    Second, fish out petals and add in shampoo to water.

    Third, dump in both oils.

    Fourth, stir and store homemade shower gel.

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    How to Make Laundry Detergent

    Homemade Laundry Detergent

    • Two quarts of hot water

    • Five cups of a grated Zote bar

    • Five cups of washing soda

    • One cup of borax

    • Three tablespoons of fragrance oil

    Dissolve grated Zote bar in hot water.

    Then, add in washing soda slowly, followed by the borax.

    Drop in oil, and mix together all the ingredients.

    Store in a tightly sealed container.

    It's simple. There's very little hard work to be done when making these recipes. They are quick and they store for a very long time. With a few basic supplies on hand, such as bars of Zote or Ivory soap and a box of borax, you can make these recipes any time you need them.

    These simple ingredients can be added to your regular laundry detergent to boost its power, or serve as a detergent itself. You can find the ingredients called for at any large superstore.