How to Make Homemade Laundry Powder and LiquidSave heaps of money - and it is gentle on the skin!

Homemade Laundry Powder and Liquid

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If you want to make your own homemade laundry powder and liquid, then here’s some recipes to try! There seems to be hundreds of versions of this on the net – but the consensus is this one!

I love making my own laundry powder and liquid as it is gentle on the skin – my boys have very sensitive skin and this version seems to stop the ‘itch’.

How to Make Homemade Laundry Powder

  • 1 box of Lux flakes (or 700 grams of grated soap)
  • 1 cup of Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)
  • A couple of drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil

Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix until the ingredients until they are really fine. Store the mix in a sealed air-tight container.

To wash, dissolve a teaspoon in a 1/2 cup of boiling water and add to your laundry section of your washing machine.

Note: I use this mix in my front loader and have no worries.

How to Make the Borax Version of Laundry Powder

  • 1 bar of grated soap (or Lux flakes)
  • 1 cup washing soda (Lectic Soda)
  • 1/2 cup Borax

Mix together and store in an air tight container.  Use 3 teaspoons of mixture for a top loader, and one teaspoon for a front loader.

How to Make Home Made Laundry Liquid

Now this recipe makes a whooping 25 litres of laundry liquid and will last you an entire year!!!!!!

  • 1 box of Lux flakes (700 grams of grated soap)
  • 1 cup of Bicarbonate of soda (Baking Soda)
  • A couple of drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil
  • boiling water

Put the Lux Flakes, Bicarb and essential oils into a large bucket (preferably a 25 litre).  Add a litre of boiling water and using a bamix (or similar) blend the mix really well and let stand overnight. The mixture should go very gloopy and thick.  The next day two litres of boiling water, blend and sit.  Keep adding water until the bucket is full.

Use a tablespoon of the gloopy mix per wash.  Is suitable for both top loaders and front loaders.

How to Make Fabric  Softener – Non Borax Version

  • 1 cup grated soap (Lux is a good standby)
  • 1 cup lectic soda (washing soda)
  • 1/4 cup citric acid

It might go hard (absorb water), but once you give it a good mix again it’s fine.

For a fabric softener, add about 1/2 cup of white vinegar (the really cheap stuff) to the final rinse of washing. Once the washing is dry, you don’t smell the vinegar.

For homemade laundry detergent, you need to be a little organised. It’s a bit of a pain trying to put on a load of washing at 6am before work, only to remember you have to grate a bar of soap first!



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