The chemicals, fillers, fragrances, etc., in many mainstream washing powders are not what you want sticking to your clothes and touching your body all day. Nor are they the kind of thing we want washing into our waterways.
It takes about 5 minutes to get over the fact your clothes will smell less like a vanilla bean cross frangipani tree cross musk stick, and more like, ah, clothes.
There are so many reasons that I love using this washing powder recipe:
〉One batch makes over 100 loads so the average person who does 5x loads a week will only need to make washing powder every 5-6 months.
〉You’ll save money. For an average load, I use 1 tablespoon of powder. I priced it up using supermarket ingredients, and bulk suppliers. The price per load varied slightly, between 14c (for supermarket-sourced ingredients) and 10c (for bulk supplier-sourced ingredients – get suggestions here). Not a bad way to save your weekly bill and the environment, hey!
Makes: 3.3 kg Prep time: < 5 min.
My Choice of Essential Oils
My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and eucalyptus, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information on essential oils.
1. Add all ingredients to a large bucket and mix until combined.
2. Transfer into container of choice.
If you’re using essential oils, add drops to 1 tablespoon of washing powder and add directly to washing machine (best added to designated compartment). Wash on your usual setting; warm water is only marginally more effective than cold. If you have a particularly large or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons of powder. Check out my Fabric Softener recipe too.