Welcome to my very first blog post! I have thinking hard about what I wanted my first blog to be and decided on my lovely DIY & budget friendly natural washing powder because I love it! It's so easy to make and if you've been wanting to dive into the world of homemade cleaning products washing powder is a great place to start.
DIY washing powder is the perfect way to start detoxing your home because lets face it, we wear clothes all day (unless you're a nudists of course) then we shower and dry ourselves with towels and then sleep covered in clothes, sheets and blankets.
Conventional washing powder is loaded with nasty chemicals such as fragrances, phenols and sulphates just to name a few. Trust me you will get over your clothes smelling like 'fresh tropical breeze' very quickly. Fragrances are nasty things made up of a mix of harmful chemicals - it's scary how long these fragrances stick to our clothes covering our largest organ - our skin! You can even smell someones washing drying when you're walking past their front fence - geepers!
I have experimented with a few different recipes over the last few years and I'm very happy with this one. All ingredients are easy to come by and very friendly on the ol' hip pocket.
1kg Washing Soda (I buy Lecteric Soda from Woolworths)
1kg Borax (also available from Woolworths in the cleaning isle)
500g Pure Coconut Soap Powder (easy to find and buy online - just make sure it's pure coconut soap flakes or powder - the ingredients should simply be coconut oil, lye and water)
250g Bicarbonate Soda (in the baking isle of the supermarket or buy online)
Pure Sodium Percarbonate
Naturally fermented white vinegar (I buy Cornells White Vinegar)
Epsom Salts (find them in the beauty isle of the supermarket)
100% pure lemon essential oil
100% pure eucalyptus essential oil
Mix all of the above ingredients together in a bowl (you can also easily halve this mix, it makes a lot). Place half into a Thermomix or a food processor and blend until a fine powder. It's a good idea to place a paper towel or tea towel over the lid (particularly a Thermomix) to stop the fine dust leaking out. Also make sure you let it settle before taking of the lid, it can turn you into a sneezing hippo.
Then simply place into a glass jar with a secure lid. Place one heaped tablespoon of powder into your wash compartment per load. I have a front loader washer and I find this is plenty of powder. It is a very low suds powder so perfect for front loaders.
I also add one tablespoon of epsom salts and a dash of pure eucalyptus essential oil to the fabric softener compartment. Makes your washing wonderfully soft and smells amazing. You can also use white vinegar instead of epsom salts. This helps to decrease the pH of the washing making it less irritating on the skin.
For whites and re-usable nappies I use one tablespoon of laundry powder and 1 tablespoon of pure sodium percarbonate.
I do find that the washing powder is more effective in a warm wash. My machine has a 30, 40 and 60 degree celsius option. I usually use 30 or 40 degrees if things are quite dirty and 60 degrees for towels if they need a bit more freshening up, particularly in winter.
If I've got a stubborn stain to remove (which is a common occurrence in our house with a 2 year old) I have a jar with the following mix;
1 cup pure sodium per carbonate
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1/2 cup bicarbonate soda
For stains I place 2 tablespoons of the pre-mixed stain remover powder in a bucket and dissolve in hot water. Soak the item for a few hours before throwing in the wash. Alternatively you can make a paste with 2 tablespoons of powder and hot water and rub into the stain with a spoon.