Homemade Laundry Soap

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A good friend of mine gave me this recipe a year or two ago and I haven’t gone back since! It works great and it saves us so much money. I love the simplicity of it. Here’s how too make it:

  1. Combine 1/3 cup borax, 1/3 cup washing soda, 13 cups of water, and 2 TBSP 100% pure castile soap in a large pot.
  2. Heat but don’t boil, stirring constantly. Let sit overnight or until cool.
  3. Use 1/2 cup for normal loads.

Ingredients to Avoid at all costs

It’s discouraging and, to be honest, a bit maddening to me what is allowed in so many products in our grocery stores. The more I learn about different additives the more difficulty I have trying to “turn a blind eye” and just buy it and eat it. And it’s all so new! Our generation has so many more chemicals to watch out for than ever even existed before! It can seem overwhelming to try to sift through ingredients lists, especially when sometimes even vitamin names can sound like a chemical… so I’ve listed below my top toxic ingredients to memorize and stay away from. I’ve also posted a link to a website that has a great print out chart that you could bring to the grocery store to sneak a peak at if you’re ever unsure.

danger

  • high fructose corn syrup, glucose-fructose, fructose, corn syrup
  • artificial sweeteners, !aspartame!
  • artificial colours, tartrazine, caramel colouring
  • hydrogenated oils/trans fats, canola oil
  • polysorbate 80
  • BHT, BHA
  • sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite
  • potassium benzoate, sodium benzoate
  • potassium bromate
  • potassium sorbate
  • sodium chloride
  • carrageenan
  • disodium EDTA
  • MSG

Food Additives Grocery Store Safety Chart

I also recommend ewg as an amazing resource for learning about toxic chemicals found in food, cosmetics, cleaning products, household items, etc. You can find their dirty dozen guide to food additives here.

The good news is that avoiding these ingredients steers you away from the unhealthy processed foods section and towards whole foods as your primary source of nutrition! Your body will feel better eating this way and will thank you over the years to come!

 

What’s the deal with milk and wheat anyway?!

It is one of the most common questions I’m asked. They are natural foods, aren’t they? Aren’t they supposed to be healthy? Why do you avoid them and why are so many people sick from them nowadays? Take a look at some of my reasons below and then eat and drink away however you so choose!

Cow’s Milk

First, it’s baby calf growing food, and no we don’t need it to survive, and yes the dairy industry has done an incredible job of promoting it.

Second, it’s not our greatest and only source of calcium. Check out all these places you can get your daily calcium needs from: bone broth, sardines (bones included), sesame seeds/tahini/hummus, kale, turnip greens, mustard greens, chinese cabbage, bok choy, tapioca, chia seeds, white beans, black-eyed peas, broccoli, spinach, quinoa, salmon, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, carrots, oranges, figs, blackstrap molasses, dried herbs…

Third, here’s what some of the research is showing:

  • it’s pro-inflammatory due to it’s high levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which is implicated in several cancers and diseases
  • when cow’s are treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone, they produce more IGF-1 and thus develop more udder infections (mastitis), therefore needing to be treated with more antibiotics and potentially raising antibiotic-resistance in humans
  • has been shown to increase fracture risk, not improve bone health!
  • increases risk of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer and others
  • accelerates aging
  • has been shown to increase cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis risk
  • linked to acne, constipation, ear infections, weight gain, diabetes type 1, MS
  • more often than not, it’s indigestible due to lactose intolerance causing abdominal discomfort, bloating, flatulence and loose stools
  • In some people who cannot properly digest the milk proteins, the peptides end up in the urine where they can be reabsorbed into the body. They will then act as neuropeptides in the brain, mimicking opiate drugs like heroin and morphine and disrupting speech, auditory integration and cognitive function. These peptides have been found in high levels in people with schizophrenia and autism and may have implications in depression, ADHD, dyslexia, OCD, eating disorders and other conditions.

For interest sake, goat’s milk has been shown to be more digestible, much less allergenic, closer in content to human milk, and higher in nutrients which are also more absorbable than they are in cow’s milk.


 

Wheat

  • Modern wheat is not the natural variety it was 60 years ago. In the 1960s it was created by the biologist Norman Borlaug through cross-breeding, hybridization and irradiation breeding, the result being a new grain that was shorter, fatter, disease-resistant, high-yielding, but also less nutrient dense, more indigestible, and much higher in gluten content including some new gluten peptides that were absent in traditional varieties.
  • Modern wheat is no longer soaked, sprouted or fermenting which further decreases it’s nutrient density and digestibility (phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors in the grain must be broken down and neutralized via soaking and fermenting in order to break down difficult-to-digest proteins and allow for the absorption of vitamins and minerals from the grain)
  • Modern wheat is stripped of it’s bran, middlings, wheat germ, and wheat germ oil leaving behind a substance that is basically void of nutrients, proteins, vitamins, lipids, minerals and fiber… oh, and then it’s bleached.
  • Modern wheat is sprayed with glyphosate several days before it’s harvested to produce a higher yield. When we ingest this toxin, it disrupts our gut flora, contributes to gut wall permeability, and leads to various diseases such as autoimmune diseases.
  • Modern wheat contains a peptide called gliadin which can have opioid-like activity in the brain – similar to the milk proteins explained above.
  • One final note: have you ever looked at the ingredients list on all the common grocery store bread packages? There are only a few ingredients needed to make bread but they contain a huge long list of nasties – take a look next time if you haven’t!

 


 

Sources: 
http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/peptide.asp#About
http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/webinars/NeuropeptidesPsychiatricDisorders.pdf
http://nutritionstudies.org/12-frightening-facts-milk/ 
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/calcium-full-story/ 
http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/health-concerns-about-dairy-products 
http://draxe.com/goat-milk/ 
http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/real-reason-for-toxic-wheat-its-not-gluten/
http://naldc.nal.usda.gov/naldc/download.xhtml?id=CAT80742336&content=PDF
http://www.underwoodgardens.com/whats-wrong-with-our-wheat/
http://www.jbc.org/content/254/7/2446.full.pdf
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-problems-with-modern-wheat/#axzz3wyOYFw4P