You can pretty much make every cleaning product you currently use from oven cleaner to face wash. While it isn’t as convenient as picking up one product in the supermarket, it’s more natural (safer for you and your skin), more cost effective, and it can even be fun (think of baking without the food at the end). It goes without saying that you can also make your own laundry powder. Let’s be honest, why wear harmful chemicals every day when you don’t have to?
You’ll be surprised to know that DIY laundry powder only requires 3 ingredients, which you should be able to find in your supermarket (well at least 2 of them for sure) - washing soda, borax, & a bar of soap. Washing soda is a natural fabric softener along with having many other cleaning uses. It is a low allergy natural product that contains approximately 40% sodium carbonate. Greenwood sells their washing soda in most supermarkets. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral made up of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. It has multi purposes being used as a cleaner, stain remover and deodoriser. If you can’t find it in your supermarket, you can pick it up at Bunnings. The bar soap you go with should be natural, made from plant based ingredients, ecostore is affordable and has a good range of scents. Otherwise, you could also try to make your own soap too!
Ready to give it a go? Here’s the ‘recipe’ and don’t forget to have fun.
- Grate the bar soap or mix in a food processor until finely ground.
- In a large bowl, mix 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup Borax and 1 whole bar of grated soap.
- Store in a closed container such as a mason jar.
- Use 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup per load of laundry
As you can see, it’s so simple...not as convenient as buying an already made laundry powder, but you’ll save quite a bit of money and be on the path to a healthier lifestyle with less toxins.