Did you know today there are more than 84,000 chemicals in existence for commercial use with 1,000 new chemicals being developed every year? A scary thought!
With that in mind, have you ever thought about the products you use to wash your clothes? Our clothes are close to our skin all day, every day (well for most people!), so you are constantly being exposed to whatever you use to clean them.
The majority of laundry powders, stain removers and fabric softeners available today contain nasty ingredients such as chlorine, optical brighteners and synthetic fragrances. Optical brighteners in particular are a high health hazard and can cause allergic reactions and hormone disruption. Synthetic fragrances can also provoke an allergic reaction, causing dermatitis amongst other concerns.
Sigh. Another thing to worry about! What can we do? Well don’t worry – a great thing about owning a Thermomix is you can use it for some unexpected purposes. One is to make your own laundry powder. And no, everything doesn’t taste like detergent afterwards.
The idea for making this Laundry Powder originally came from Simones Thermomix Essentials, but as with everything I have changed things up a little!
How to Make Your Own Laundry Powder
Total time: 10 minutes (including a good scrub of the bowl afterwards!)
* 800g Lectric Washing Soda
* 3 bars Velvet Soap
* 200g bi-carb (baking soda)
* 2 capfuls of pure eucalyptus oil
- Place Velvet Bars into the bowl. Grate spd 10, 15 seconds.
- Add bi-carb and washing soda. Mix spd 9 for 30 seconds. As this is mixing, pour the eucalyptus into the bowl (so it mixes through).
- That’s it!
* Use a ¼ cup for a top or front loader.
* If you are using a cold wash cycle, you will need to dissolve first.
* I have seen comments on other threads that this isn’t the best for woollens – but I haven’t had any issues to date! Please let me know if you do.
* You can use a different oil if you prefer (for example lavender), however I find eucalyptus is good for stain removal.
* As for extra stain remover – instead of using purchased products, add some white vinegar to your wash (1 cup per load).