We search for cleaner food, healthier shampoos and skin care options but have you ever stopped to think what’s in those highly perfumed washing detergents?
There’s plenty of recipes online to formulate you own, and if I can take the plunge and figure it out, then I’m sure you’ll find my version easy. To start out I’ve sourced products from my local Hardware Store and Supermarket. The bonus too is the cost savings over regular products are at least half and to get going, these three items cost me about fifteen dollars. Now I’m a convert, you’ll find more information and a bulk supplier in the links below.
You’ll need just three ingredients being a cake of Laundry Soap, Washing Soda and Borax. Just one or two table spoons of the mix is sufficient for each load of washing and I’ve even made my own stain spotter adding one table spoon to a 500ml Spray Bottle of water.
Each batch you will need to grate one cake of Laundry Soap
Add one cup (250ml) of Washing Soda
Add one cup of Borax
Store in a glass jar (as pictured)
A cake of basic Laundry Soap is a snap but what’s Washing Soda and Borax?
Sodium Carbonate, commonly known as Washing Soda is a key component of laundry soaps and other household cleaning products reputed to easily remove dirt and tough greasy stains from clothes, utensils, floors, and various other surfaces. When added to washing powders it works with the washing powder for a cleaner, softer wash. You use less washing powder and get a cleaner clean as it softens the water allowing detergent to lather and clean! One suggestion is to add ½ cup of washing soda to your washing water and then use less detergent.
Did you know it’s reported that refined Table Salt (sodium chloride) is 50-100 times more toxic that Borax?
Borax (sodium tetraborate hexahydrate or sodium borate) is a naturally-occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen and water. It has been used as a remedy for over 4000 years. Most commercially-produced borax is mined from deposits produced by the repeated evaporation of seasonal lakes. It is found in large quantities in the Western United States, in Mediterranean countries, Kazakhstan, and the Tibet region of China. Turkey is one of the largest commercial producers of borates.
The washing results are amazing. You’ll find there’s only a fresh smell rather than those pungent masking perfumes. Give it a try and let me know how you go hey?