Making your own laundry powder is a quick and easy way to save money, to get rid of unwanted chemicals in the home, reduce packaging waste, and know what's in your products - and still effectively wash clothes. It literally takes minutes and costs just a few cents per wash.
|Grate natural fair trade and organic soap - this one is peppermint castile soap and it smells amazing.|
I am also so delighted that I don't need to walk down the smelly aisle anymore searching high and low for the eco-options. I really have to hold my breath.
This is the absolutely most simplest recipe I could find that is also suitable for greywater systems like mine. I discovered that a lot of homemade recipes contain borax - which can accumulate in the soil if, like ours, the greywater outlet is in a fixed location.
Even though I have typically used a liquid, I chose to make a laundry powder rather than the liquid for a couple of reasons - it is simpler and it does not require borax (liquids do).
|After just a few moments of buzzing the ingredients together in the food processor, it is ready.|
SUPER SIMPLE NATURAL LAUNDRY POWDER RECIPE
- 1 bar of castille soap or coconut soap (organic and fair trade vegetable oil-based soaps)
- 2 cups washing soda (Sodium carbonate - it easily removes dirt and greasy stains from clothes)
- Finely grate soap.
- Mix together in food processor with washing soda until fine powder (cover top with tea towel if needed so that powder does not escape).
- Transfer into an airtight container.
With my water, I find 3 tbspns for a full load just fine (I have a 5kg washer).
- I like to add a capful of eucalyptus oil in with the wash - anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, kills dust mites, and makes washing smell really fresh
- It is useful to add half a cup of vinegar in rinse cycle to balance pH, soften clothes and help get rid of soap residues.