This recipe makes enough washing powder to last us at least three months! And it only cost me £8.19, working out at 5p – 10p a wash. It could easily be made cheaper, but I like to use
expensive organic soap.
I’ve been spoiled because Mum has always done my washing. So when we moved and I had to start washing not only my clothes but Gareths too, it was a bit of a shock. Who knew how expensive washing powder was!
Luckily I had prepared a little, I’ve been making batches of washing powder at our old house for a while.
When first looking for safe alternatives to commercial washing powder, I quickly realised it wasn’t easy to find a recipe without borax, especially one that didn’t contain huge list of ingredients. Eventually I came accross one I was happy with, but I lost it.
So the second time I made it, I made it up, and then wrote it down! I’ve been using this particular recipe for over eighteen months now and I’m really happy with it.
It’s easy to make and only contains three really simple safe ingredients.
Start by grabbing a bar of Dr Bronners organic soap, a grater and a cup of tea. Then put your feet up with a good tv programme cause you’re going to be a while. Grate the soap into flakes.
Add 1.5kg of bicarbonate of soda, this neutralises any smells on your clothes.
And 1kg of washing soda crystals. Which are great for getting out stains and have the added benefit of getting rid of limescale.
No seriously. You just made your own washing powder.
You can blend the mixture to get a finer powder or add essential oils but neither are necessary. Store in an airtight container, I use a large kilner jar. Then use approxiamtely 1 tbsp of powder for each wash.
To keep up the healthy and frugal washing you can use distilled (white) vinegar in place of fabric conditioner. By the time the washing has rinsed and dried you can’t smell it at all. A splash in your fabric conditioner drawer is all you need.
If you like your washing to smell really strongly you can always add essential oils to the vinegar. Lavendar is good for bedding, or sandalwood for the boys.
Do you make your own washing powder? Let us know in the comments!