I have had quite a bit of time lately pondering my life and getting back to my roots, per se. When i was growing up as a teenager i used natural skin care products, drank herbal teas, trained as a Massage Therapist, made my own skin care products and took many a natural concoction to keep myself on top of my game. It almost feels like a different life now.
But on saying that, over the last few years i have returned to making skincare products. This i have realised, makes me really happy. And this is my life and i just happen to be writing the story.
Over the last few months i have decided that my life needs a revamp and i need to start putting less chemicals into my body and used around my home. i am pretty good on the whole and try not to have too many chemicals around my home , but i know that i can do better.
And that gets me on to why we are here, homemade laundry powder.
i had been contemplating whether i could or could not make the above said product. “of course i could”, i echoed. So off i trotted to Bin Inn, bought the products needed and promptly plonked them on my kitchen floor, where they have sat for the last 2.5 weeks, waiting patiently, not making a sound as i mused their fate in my kitchen. I threatened them seriously that i was indeed going to use them and they will enjoy the experience.!
And today , Anzac Day, was the day they would blend as one!
Sounds all rather dramatic i know…… so here goes.
I surfed the net for ideas and recipes and came up with this one. http://www.sophieslim.co.nz/2013/02/diy-homemade-laundry-powder.html . i tweaked a little bit to suit myself…(this is my recipe after all)
There seemed to be a repeating theme of Washing soda, borax and soap. Some recipes call for baking soda, but i decided to omit this:
1 cup Washing Soda (also known as soda ash, washing crystals, can be a mild irritant on skin, eyes and lungs, so use with caution)
1 cup Borax
140 grams of Lux flakes
i wanted a nice fine powder so i blended my washing soda in my wee blender.
Weighing the soap flakes. i was going to use the Dr Bronners Castile soap, but decided to try the soap flakes first.
then i blended the soap flakes with the washing soda, poured into my mixing container and then blended the borax with the rest of the dry mix. i did this in a couple of batches as my blender is little.
Mix everything well and pour into an airtight container, put on lid and shake well, label.
i bought a special container to store my mix as too often than not when i reuse a spray bottle, i forget what is in the bottle as i fail to relabel them…. often. (one day i will learn)
As i am writing this , my first load of towels is being dealt with by my laundry mix….i decided to wash it at 30 degrees, just because i could. will wait and see I have also been tempted to make liquid detergent, so watch this space
Have you made laundry powder, what recipe did you use ? i would love you to share your thoughts and experiences……..