Natural DIY Laundry Powder
Laundry powder seems to be one of those things that we are forever going through. I always seem to realise that we are running low or have already run out when its been raining for a few days and I have a big load of washing and nappies to catch up on. Not ideal!
This laundry powder recipe is so ridiculously simple and so much more affordable than buying or refilling your laundry powder every few weeks. Plus means you can cut down on more packaging and waste in your house even further.
The ingredients are 100% safe and natural with no dodgy ingredients that you aren't sure what they are exactly. I use this on all of our clothes and also on our reusable nappies and find it it works really effectively, washing everything thoroughly and depending on what oils you add to it, it can add a nice natural fragrance to your washing too.
Just make sure you use about the same as you would a normal washing powder as you don't need a lot of it for a wash. Less is more with this. Also another tip is to add white vinegar as a fabric softener with this recipe - or any washing powder you are using.
This recipe makes a substantial amount so it should last a long while if you are just using a heaped tablespoon or so each wash.
2 cups Washing Soda Crystals
2 cups Borax
1/2 of a grated Castile Soap bar
Optional - 10-20 drops of essential oil of choice. We love lavender and sweet orange together.
1. Grate your soap bar
2. Whiz up your washing soda crystals so that a finer powder forms (this is optional - it just makes them go further)
3. Mix or shake all ingredients together thoroughly in a big container or bowl
4. Store in an airtight container and use as you would a laundry powder - about 1-2 tablespoons per load.
Tip: Add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar with each wash a a fabric softener.