DIY Washing Powder
Good Morning friends! Happy Friday! I hope this finds you all well. We are all well here … the end of the School holidays has arrived and as always we are torn between being happy that School is going back (kids miss seeing their friends daily, I need to catch up on work!) and wanting them to go on longer (no more PJ days and lazy days in the sun reading) … as I sit here typing I am outside enjoying the Sunshine on this glorious Winters day and taking advantage of it by washing sheets and towels (a huge lot to do with 6 of us!)
Great timing for me to share with you my ‘recipe’ for homemade Washing Powder. There are loads of ‘recipes’ for this on the internet and I have tried 3 of them and ended up making up a combination of them all … my version uses 4 ingredients – besides the cake of soap I have bought everything in bulk to save long term $. The main reason for me wanting to make my own was initially to save $ and lessen the harsh chemicals – as it turns out the biggest bonus for me is just how great the clothes are washing up – things are whiter and bolognaise stains are actually being removed! Anyone with young children will understand my excitement with this … my youngest two are 4 1/2 year old twins and somehow still manage to make a gorgeous big mess when eating bologanise! At the end of the blog you will see my (somewhat confusing!) calculations of how I save $ when I compare it to the Eco friendly, low chemical popular brand product I was using.
1 x 80g cake of soap
1 cup natural pure borax (250g)
1 cup washing soda (325g)
1 cup bi-carb soda (290g)
Grate the soap – either by hand or if you have a food processor this is the easiest way. Try and get it as fine and powder like as possible.
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Store in a jar with a lid.
Use 1/8th of a cup for each wash.
Option: You can add a few drops of essential oil to this mixture if you like. I personally add 3 drops to the wash water as I need, instead of adding it to this mix.
MY CALCULATIONS: (remembering I bought bulk to save long term $ — price comparison of course will depend on how much you get the ingredients for and also what you use already)
Natural Pure Borax 11kg @ $47 = 44 x 250g uses = $1.07 per ‘batch’
Washing Soda 11kg @ $44 = 34 x 325g uses = $1.30 per ‘batch’
Bi-Carb Soda 1kg @ $5.95 = 3 1/2 x 290g uses = $1.70 per ‘batch’ (I am yet to buy this in larger / cheaper quantities than 1kg)
1 x 80g cake of soap = $3
$1.07 + $ $1.30 + $1.70 + $3 = $7.07 per ‘batch’
This batch weighs 940g and each 1/8th of a cup scoop weighs 40g which means I get 23 1/2 washes out of each batch.
$7.07 divided by 23 1/2 = 30 cents per wash
The recent eco friendly, low chemical popular brand product I have been using would cost me $8 and states 14 washes which = 57 cents per wash.
Where did I buy everything from?
Borax and Washing Soda I purchased from BLANTS (online)
Bi-Carb I purchased from THE SOURCE BULKFOODS (online)
The Soap I used Eco Store plain soap from the Supermarket.
Wishing you a lovely day … hope you are enjoying the Sunshine also and wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Take Care of You,
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