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.