Washing Powder

Staying at home with my children while they are young is always something that I wanted to do. I enjoy being at home and treat being a housewife as my job. I garden, make food from scratch and preserve fruits as a way of feeding my family a balanced nutritious diet and also to keep costs down. I home make soaps, washing powder, shampoo and deodorant because I like to limit what chemicals we are using on our bodies.

Over the next week I'm going to show you a few of those things.

 First up Homemade washing powder.

What you need,

4 bars of laundry soap or homemade soap

4 cups Borax

4 cups Washing soda

These items can all be found in the laundry aisle at the supermarket

Cheese grater and measuring cup

So all you need to do is grate up your soap as finely as possible. Jas grates ours so it usually comes out fairly chunky but that's okay.

Measure out 4 cups and tip into a large container that has a lid, tip in the 4 cups of borax and 4 cups of washing soda (I do the borax and washing soda as it has a fine dust that is not great if you breathe it in). Put the lid on and give it a big shake.

All done

The container I use is quite large but the washing powder half fills it. I use an old tablespoon and only put a small scoop in each wash. My machine is a front loader and I haven't had any problems.

If you like to have smelly washing powder then you can use a soap that suits your senses. My soap has orange essential oils in it so ours smells orange fresh.

It's simple to make and this amount will last us about 2 months, I wash twice if not three times a day and all up it cost me about $6.00.