Environmental News: Store bought detergents and shampoos causes water contamination.

According to an article posted on Science Daily on April 8th, some shampoos and detergents might be linked to a water contaminant called NDMA.

The article states shampoos and detergents…

…may be a source of precursor materials for formation of a suspected cancer-causing contaminant in water supplies that receive water from sewage treatment plants.

To read the full article, click HERE.

A great solution to this problem is to make your own shampoos and detergents from all natural ingredients.  I have been searching throughout the vastness that is the Internet and have found my favorite recipes.

Homemade shampoo’s main ingredient is liquid castile soap.  You can buy it in bulk online.  One example is made by Dessert Essence.

Herbal Homemade Shampoo

1/4 cup of your favorite herbal tea, strongly brewed
8 oz liquid castile soap

**Add soap to tea. Stir over low heat until well blended. Store in a capped bottle.**

And here’s another recipe from hubpages.com

Herbal Shampoo for Dandruff Relief


* 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary
* 2 Tbsp fresh thyme
* 2 Tbsp coconut flakes
* 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
* 1 cup water
* 2 Tbsp of liquid Castile soap
* 1 tsp light vegetable oil


Bring water to a boil. Steep herbs and coconut flakes in boiling water for 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and strain solids from water. Add other ingredients and mix until well combined. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Apply amply to wet hair and massage into scalp before rinsing well with cool water.

photo courtesy of tipnut.com

And, now on the the detergent:

Here is one of ten recipes found on TipNut.com


1 cup Vinegar (white)
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap

1.  Mix well and store in sealed container.
2.  I find it easiest to pour the liquid soap into the bowl first, stir in the washing soda, then baking soda, then added the vinegar in small batches at a time (the recipe foams up at first). The mixture is a thick paste at first that will break down into a heavy powdered detergent, just keep stirring. There may be some hard lumps, try to break them down when stirring (it really helps to make sure the baking soda isn’t clumpy when first adding). I used 1/2 cup per full load with great results

For an awesome photo enriched tutorial, check out DIYnatural.com.
Using three simple ingredients you can buy at your local grocery store, you can make detergent that will cost you 0.05 a load!

There you have it. A small collection of nice and cozy links to wonderlands of homemade shampoo and detergent.

Happy homemaking and earth helping.

If you have any favorite shampoo or detergent recipes, share!


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