Morning eKa CIRCLE,
It sure is great to be home in Australia with family! I am definitely gaining such enjoyment from the “simple things” being at home – cleaning, cooking, spending time with everyone. Yesterday while out and about food shopping I stumbled on a great product I thought I would buy to try. It is an eco friendly laundry powder by a company called “abode” that is chemical free and grey water safe. I have enclosed a pic of the packaging and ingredient list below. It was the natural ingredient called soda ash that caught my eye in this product. I have been reading about it and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it. A lot of home made washing powders use it as a base ingredient.
Eco friendly washing is not difficult. In just one short generation we seem to have lost the knowledge our grandmothers used on a daily basis. Clever marketing and chemical smells enticed us into thinking that our laundry wasn’t clean without a specific plastic packaged product spiked with a man made chemical fragrance. I think it’s time to dig up the natural ways and tweak them to suit us for the sake of our health and the environment. Think of the saving on the plastic packaging too that most of these laundry products are packaged in.
Making my own home made washing powder has definitely been on my list of things to do for quite a while now. This morning I found a very simple recipe on a site called cravingfresh.com that makes her own washing powder. It uses two simple ingredients. I have add some essential oils to the recipe as I love the fresh smell of clothes off the line. I plan to give this a try as soon as my new purchase has run out, I just need a moment to source where to buy the soda ash. If anyone knows drop me a message?
Home Made Washing Powder
1kg washing soda ash in powder form
1 bar of natural vegetable oil soap
20 drops of essential lavender oil
20 drops of eucalyptus oil
Grate the soap bar finely using a grater or food processor. Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight jar. Use 1 Tbsp of the mix for an average size wash.
Here are a few more tips for an eco friendly laundry. It’s the small changes that we all make that will help change the world.
- Catch the grey water and use it to water the garden. A huge benefit to using eco friendly detergents.
- Try 1/4 cup of white vinegar as a fabric softener. It’s not only efficient but extremely cost effective. Avoiding the fragrances, preservatives and phthalates in fabric softeners which are well known to be endocrine disruptors that are linked to skin irritations and cancer can only be a good thing.
- Try using soap nuts as a natural detergent substitute.
- Replace your plastic pegs with wooden or metal pegs.
- Wash full loads to economise and save water.
- Wash in cold water whenever possible.
- Dry your clothes in a sunny airy spot.
Love to hear of your experiences or tips with making any home made cleaning products. What worked well for you?
It’s a sunny day- I might pop a load of washing on and grab some vitamin D.
love & light
M + E
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