From the UK’s Isle of Wight comes this Ventnor Permaculture post about making your own Laundry Gloop. The author, Angie, explains why in this excerpt:
“. . .laundry products are often the worst in health terms as they are in constant contact with your skin. I have been making and using Laundry Gloop for years as I am allergic to all forms of fragrance, it is considerably cheaper than fragrance free detergent and just as effective.”
She describes how to make it in a pan able to hold over 5 liters and also how to make it by the pint.
You can make liquid detergent or laundry powder where only a tablespoon or two of the final product is used depending on how dirty the load is.
As a bonus, a cheap and ready to use fragrance free alternative fabric conditioner is identified:
“. . .use a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar - no you won’t smell like a chip shop! Once your clothes are dry there is no smell of vinegar. You will also be doing your washing machine a favour and making it last longer as the vinegar dissolves lime scale. If you want your clothes to smell you can always add a couple of drops of essential oils to the vinegar.”
There are handy links to resources about toxic scents, eco cleaning, allergies and asthma, too.