Home made Washing Powder

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I actually made this quite a while ago and I’m down to my last cupful, but I thought I would share this recipe with you as I’ll be definitely making it again. It contains borax substitute which isn’t particularly easy to get hold of. If you can pick it up from a local hardware store then that’s fantastic and it will definitely save you money. I had to get it from Amazon for around £3. This meant that the whole box (around 50 washes) cost about £5.50. That’s not as cheap as it would be if you could source borax substitute cheaply, but still cheaper than most washing powders. Not only that, but I know what is in it. My daughter and myself both have sensitive skin and allergies and have been fine with this powder, which is more than you can say for some of the big brands.

This powder is great, but you will have to use a stain remover or pre soak for tough stains. No different to commercial powders there really, but it does clean your clothes well and you don’t need to use as much. I use 2 tbs per load and it does fine. Also, you can add a scent to your powder in the drawer. Anything you like really. At the moment I’m using a strawberry diffuser oil thingy, but check that what you use won’t ruin your machine!

The recipe I use is

  • 500g of borax substitute
  • 750g of soda crystals
  • 3 household soaps
  • 3 cheap body soaps

You can use all household soap, or all normal soap. You can buy 3 bars of body soap for 50p in Sainsburys. You need to grate the soap so it is really fine. This will no doubt hurt your hands! It certainly did mine! If you find the soap pieces are a bit big then you can use a stick blender to break them up a bit. Mix the soap pieces with the other ingredients. Make sure that you are wearing gloves and that you don’t stand with your face over it, you will taste soap for days! Once it’s mixed together you can use it right away, all you need to do is give it a little shake everytime you use it to ensure it is evenly distributed. Et voilà! Home made washing powder!

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2 thoughts on “Home made Washing Powder

  1. I haven’t been able to find cheap Borax substitute either 😦 Even in the old fashioned hardware store the best I have found is £2.50. But I did find an article on heating baking soda to make washing soda. I can buy a big baking soda in the Poundshop so this would cut the cost quite a bit, I haven’t tried it but the guide is here http://justso.co/how-to-make-your-own-washing-soda-by-andrea-fabry/
    I use pretty much the same recipe but 500g each of Borax and Soda Crystals with 300g of Grannies Soap flakes all thrown through the food mixer to break it down. I’ve been using just one tablespoon and have noticed no difference in our clothes 🙂 looks like too little but it works. Hope this cuts your costs a bit more!

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