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April Connett
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Hi. I have been making my own laundry detergent for several years. As I was recently researching gray water systems, I discovered that borax will harm my garden. I have googled for recipes, but I haven't found anything. I am looking for a recipe for a cheap home made laundry detergent that will be safe to use on my garden. I would also like a recipe for dishwashing . . .

If anyone has anything, I would be eternally grateful.

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Howdy April, welcome to permies.
Here is a thread that might have some info for you?

http://www.permies.com/t/30558/grey-water/Dishwasher-detergent
 
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Thanks, Miles. I had only looked in the toxin-ectomy and frugal forums.

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John Polk
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While this link is not about homemade detergents, it does list most major brands of commercial detergent, and their contents of harmful ingredients. The table on page 2 would be very handy for those who do not make their own detergents.

This was part of a study by ASU for Tucson Water:
Grey water vs. detergent

 
Deku Buu
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I rinse my dishes with warm water from the sink to remove any debris then I put them in the dishwasher and do a hot wash when the dishwasher is full. No soap, no detergent just water.

Pretty much the same thing for the laundry, except sometimes I put in a couple of tablespoons of vinegar. Then line dry them in the sun if the weather permits.
 
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