Our laundry liquid ran out over the weekend, and rather than buy more we* made our own out of the ingredients we bought from Summer Naturals in January. It worked so well that dahlings, I simply had to share.
I Grated 2 bars of Dr Bronners Castile soap, 1 lavenderr, 1 tea-tree.
1.5 cup of Borax
1.5 cup of Soda Crystals
1.5 cup Bicarbonate of Soda.
and shook it up in a bottle. And your done.
(Oh, and instead of fabric conditioner a cup of vinegar scented with lavender.)
(All purchased from the wonderful Summer Naturals.)
I thought I was saving a packet but I worked out the total cost as £8.80. The cup and a half of borax, bicarbonate of soda and soda crystals cost only £1.80. The 2 bars of Dr Bronners castile soap cost 3.50 each, totalling £7. You only use 2 table spoons of powder per wash, so it last for ages, but this is still pretty expensive. I did some research, however and found out that any pure soap bar can be used, and preferably one that is vegetable oil based. You can buy bars of pure vegetable oil soap for as little as 40p, so next time I will buy basic soap. That will bring the costs down to approximately £2.60 for a large tub of washing powder. Party.
Apart from the cost savings and heavenly scent, making our own washing powder ensures there are no chemical nasties lurking in our laundry. Behind the advertising claims of the big brand laundry detergent manufacturers (Daz, Fairy, Bold, Lenor etc) is a cocktail of optical brighteners, surfactants, artificial musks, and all sorts of other long worded chemicals. As well as being bad for us, these chemicals are bad for the planet, and many of them are tested on animals too. BAD TIMES. (read more here )
It worked amazingly well and it smells divine, my mister and I love it.
Have a lovely long weekend lovelies. My father in law is here to stay and its nearly my misters birthday so its going to be good one.
*Um, when I say ‘we’ made the powder, what I mean was me and my cankle lay on the sofa, propped up, on ice, whilst my mister made it in the kitchen. Lovely man.