Thursday, December 22, 2011


I'll be making this:

Powdered Detergent

2 cups finely grated soap
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax

1. Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.

2. Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of industrial cleaners and cosmetic products. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, and laundry detergents.

Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural.

SLS is mixed with sulfur trioxide or chlorosulfuric acid and then neutralized with aqueous sodium hydroxide (lye). SLS is the sodium salt of lauryl sulfate and is classified by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Cosmetics Database as a "denaturant, surfactant cleansing agent, emulsifier and foamer," rated "moderate hazard."

Similar to sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is sodium laureth sulfate (short for sodium lauryl ether sulfate, or SLES), a yellow detergent with higher foaming ability. SLES is considered to be slightly less irritating than SLS. SLS goes by other names, including:
  • Sodium dodecyl sulfate
  • Sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt
  • Sodium salt sulfuric acid
  • Monododecyl ester sodium salt sulfuric acid
  • A13-00356
  • Akyposal SDS
  • Aquarex ME
  • Aquarex methyl
Ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS) is another variation commonly put into cosmetics and cleansers to make them foam. ALS is similar to SLS, showing similar risks.

  • Irritation of the skin and eyes

  • Organ toxicity

  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity

  • Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes

  • Possible mutations and cancer (well, gee, if they're only possible...)-that part, I added.

  • From The rest of the article here.

     Once you start connecting the dots...

    1 comment:

    Corey said...

    I've had this recipe Pinned for months and have yet to try it! Maybe I'll put it on my New Years list as a must do :D