I’m so annoyed that I didn’t know how easy it is to make your own washing powder! We’ve been buying the ecostore laundry powder for a couple of years and thats been great but theres just so many ingredients and things in even the natural ones. Plus of course it comes in packaging and is sourced and made and shipped and blah blah blah, fine, I’ll get to the recipe.
- 1 Bar castile soap or similar coconut oil based soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s. Its organic and ethically sourced, wrapped in paper. Health food shops tend to stock it otherwise you can buy it online here. You may also find unpackaged coconut oil based soap at your local health food shop).
- 2 Cups washing soda (if you can’t buy it, here’s an awesome guide on how to make it from bicarb/baking soda which you can buy in cardboard packaging or from bulk bins at grocery stores).
- Grate the castile soap as fine as you can.
- Place in a blender with the washing soda and blend until smooth and powdery.
Yep, that’s literally all! Put it into a glass jar with a spoon or reuse a plastic container and a scoop from your old washing powder. Use 1-2 flat tablespoons per load, depending on soil level. Works best if you use a warm or hot wash so it can dissolve nicely. If you want to use cold water, just dissolve it in a bit of hot water before putting it in the machine. You can add a drop of essential oil for scent to each load, or you can buy an already scented soap. I like to get the Dr. Bronner’s Lavender essential oil soap, otherwise I add a drop of lemon essential oil to the wash.