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IToldYouIWasFreaky Wed 24-Jan-18 14:10:22

Does anyone have a recipe/method for homemade washing powder that actually works?
Years ago, I used to make "gloop" from ordinary grated soap, soda crystals and water. It was OK, but didn't seem to quite rinse away and left a soapy residue on darker clothes. Also, clothes didn't always feel and smell completely clean, especially sports gear.
But I want to have another go, both for cost saving and ecological reasons! What actually works?

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Eliza9917 Fri 16-Feb-18 12:46:41

I'd like a good recipe too, this was going to be my next task after removing all traditional cleaning products from the house.

DropItLikeASquat Fri 16-Feb-18 12:53:32

this recipe is good but the ingredients are all American so not sure if it is all available in the uk.

LoniceraJaponica Fri 16-Feb-18 12:55:07

Don't bother making a liquid. It clogs up your washing machine, and as it won't contain any bleach you could end up with a smelly washer and mould.

Why not use Ecover powder or another similar brand?

DropItLikeASquat Fri 16-Feb-18 12:58:30

I made it excluding the pure crystals and added the laundry scent thingies instead. It wasn't great on super grass stains or tomato etc but I had to pre treat these with normal washing power so not too bad.
I washed my cloth nappies, towels and bedding etc, not noticed any smells or stains, but clothes were softer and seemed less 'battered' by washing IYSWIM.
I think it cost me about £30 and it lasted me around 7 months, but I have 8 kids so do a LOT of washing.
I worked out it saved me around £40-50 per year.

Zeitgei5t Sun 04-Mar-18 09:46:58

This is the recipe I use;

NB if you put sports stuff in the shower with you as soon as you get back it helps with washing out the smell.

With eco washes, you should also do a hot wash with white vinegar on your machine once a month to stop it smelling (non eco contain perfumes to cover this up).

You'll need to do a prewash stain treatment on heavy stains.

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