Thursday, 19 April 2012

On The Line

There are a few things you need to know about me:
1.  I like to make things from scratch - food, occasionally clothes, furniture (if/when possible) and home cleaning products
2.  I love a clean, ordered house and I love clean clothes and linen - especially clean bed sheets.
Anyway, I am not a big spender.  If you ask Martin, he might say the opposite, but generally I watch where our money is going so we can spend it on fun things - like our recent holiday.  Now, laundry powder is one thing that does not fall into the category of 'fun' but it is an essential nonetheless.
I have made my own powder for years.  I know that a lot of people make their own but I like the recipe I use and it leaves the clothes clean and with a subtle peppermint scent that doesn't over power everything.  I have never done the maths to figure out how much money I save by making our own but I have no doubt that this is more economical than commercial powders.  It couldn't be easier to make and it looks so pretty sitting on the laundry counter in a glass jar. 
Jane's Homemade Laundry Powder
(Makes approximately 5 cups)
  • 2 tabs of peppermint oil
  • 2 cups (finely) grated Sunlight Soap
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup bi-carb (baking) soda
  • 1 cup washing soda

Mix everything together, and store in an airtight jar. 
I use about 1 tablespoon per average load 
(BTW...I have a front loading machine)
Use 2 tablespoons if the washing is extra dirty.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I am impressed that you even sometimes make your own clothes and furniture! I would be hopeless at that! :P