Making my own washing powder has been on my to do list for a while, so when my friend mentioned she’d found a recipe that worked for her I knew I had to try it. The ingredients are very straightforward and can be found in supermarkets, and various budget shops. It makes a large quantity, lasts ages and is so cheap to make.
Now I have two children it has definitely been noted how much more washing there is. I had forgotten how newborns go through vests, sleep suits, bibs and muslins like nothing else – and how much longer it takes to put the washing out when you have so many tiny vests to hang to dry. I am really pleased with the results and haven’t noticed any difference between this and my usual Ecover washing powder.
I would say we do about three loads of washing per week – possibly four if it’s a bad week, we have visitors or we need to catch up. I am quite laid back about household jobs in general and apparently three loads is much lower than average for a family of four. I always make sure there are 1-2 towels in each wash so we always have clean ones.
The average amount of laundry per week for a family of four is 6-7 loads, which to me seems a lot. My children don’t have a lot of clothes though – perhaps that’s why?
Here is how to make your own washing powder:
- 4 mugs soap flakes
- 2 mugs borax
- 2 mugs washing soda
- A few drops of essential oil – my current favourites are lavender, lemon or grapefruit.
- Mix the soap flakes, borax and washing soda together and place in a dry container.
- You can add the essential oils straight to the drawer before starting a wash cycle, or to the container. I add mine to the drawer so I can change the oil I use each time.
- Use 2 tablespoons per wash.