|Posted by Bee & John on January 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM|
Washing powder - Grandma used grated soap... but its all mysterious now isn't it? All "special" ingredients and little blue flecks that are SURE to clean your clothes properly... right?
I mean.... what is IN your detergent? Wikipedia has a list of chemicals a couple of pages long - cleaners, foamers, ANTI foamers, bleaches, enzymes, softeners, perfume, and a LOT of science experiement type of chemical names.
The question that came to me though.... is what ingredients do you ACTUALLY need?? I first came to hear of making Washing Powder yourself at a demonstration, where Reis said she had been making it herself for a long time. I have been thinking about it for a while, and I recently put a question up on my facebook page to see if anyone else uses home made washing powders - I got a surprising amount of responses. Some gave suggestions for different recipes, one acutally had a facebook post of her own with many reponses.
With a brave heart and a clean thermomix I gave it a go. (recipe to come... hold your horses!)
Then came the testing...
Washing John's (butcher) work clothes in warm water, on soak cycle - great
Washing white load and a dark load on a gentle cold cycle (ie: not a lot of agitation) - great.
No soap residue left and I even found that the clothes were softer than normal! Not SUPER soft, but considering Adelaide's very hard water and the amount of washing crystals (ie: water softener) in the mix, that is probably not unexpected.
How did I end up using it? 1TBLS per load and I had it dissolved in water and then just poured it in at the start, before the clothes.
This is https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=294587540644060&set=a.253135948122553.37264.251466471622834&type=3&theater" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Caroline Ross's link to her facebook page, and the recipe I ended up using
Here is the link to the recipe from the Recipe Community Thanks to Fiona for that
There is one you can turn into a gel, thanks to Lexi
Here is the one that uses Bluo in it - I notice she suggests using quite a bit per load - I'm getting a good result with one tablespoon's worth... but then again, my clothes really only need rinsing so use the amount that suits your needs
Happy Cleaning!! I hope to hear how you all go.
(when you see the next photo.....No, we aren't in the habit of leaving teddies laying around. That's my dog's teddy - a teddy she carries around, sleeps on and we have to throw for her when we are in the back yard)