This weekend I decided to take my home made efforts a little further than cooking. I decided that making my own washing powder seemed like a good idea.
I checked out loads of variations on youtube and other websites and tried to work out what version was the easiest and least costly. I found a very simple UK version of the standard home made washing powder recipe and headed for the shops.
For this version I needed
1 box borax substitute
1 bag soda crystals
1 tub oxygen bleach powder
1 bar of household soap
1 tub of in wash scent boosters
The borax substitute, soda crystals and oxygen bleach powder I purchased from Urquharts for the grand sum of £5.50.
The soap you can get almost anywhere for less than £1.
The in wash scent boosters are not strictly necessary unless like me you buy coal tar soap which is so strong you really need to blend it out. Note to self, no coal tar soap in the future. In fact, this is a great way to use up any spare soap you have lying about the house.
Now all you have to do is grate the soap into a large container, add all the other ingredients and mix well then decant into a storage container.
As you can see I have stored mine in one of those containers often used for breakfast cereal. The amounts fit perfectly and the opening in the top is a perfect size for a quarter cup scoop which is all that is needed for a regular wash. I would probably use two of these for heavily soiled washes.
Making such a small quantity means that it doesn’t cost much less than regular soap powder. However, if you are looking to make more and buy the oxygen bleach powder in bigger tubs at a supermarket, it becomes more cost effective. Certainly if you have been thinking about trying this, a quick visit to Urquharts and you can try it out and see what you think.
The washes I have done so far have all come out perfectly so why not give it a try?