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Make your own homemade laundry detergent

IF YOU want to make your own laundry powder and liquid, then here are some recipes to try. There seems to be hundreds of versions of this on the net - but the consensus is that these are best. 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 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 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 the 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 laundry liquid

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 oil in a large bucket (preferably 25 litres). 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, add two litres of boiling water, blend and let sit. Keep adding water until the bucket is full. Use a tablespoon of the gloopy mix per wash. Suitable for both top loaders and front loaders.


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