DIY Homemade Laundry Powder:
First you want to get your soap into a powder form, so it dissolves easy during washing you want it as fine as possible.
There are a couple ways you can do this, either by grating the soap as fine as you can, or cut the soap bar into pieces using a sharp knife, and put the soap pieces into the blender and blend on high to get it as close possible to powder form.
Next, mix all the ingredients together and put them in an air tight jar or container ready for use.
Use a third of a cup of powder for a load of washing.
For a fragrant powder, simply add 2 or 3 drops of essential oil to the dry powder in your detergent dispenser of your machine.
Sodium Bicarbonate – (organic baking soda) helps remove stains, odour and grease as well as softening the water. It can even work as a fixative for some natural dyeing techniques.
Sodium Carbonate - is the sodium salt of carbonic acid. Often found in powder form, it's used in a wide range of industries, such as cleaning and personal care products, as a fungicide, microbiocide, herbicide, and pH adjustor.
Soap – Plain natural soap bar cleans.
Citric Acid – helps break down grease and stains and is a natural bleaching agent, colour brightener and water softener.
Borax – stain removal, and can also be used on whites as an alternative
to bleach (this can be left out if you prefer to go borax free, simply add more Sodium Bicarbonate baking soda in its place)
Essential oil – Use one with anti-bacterial properties such as lavender or tea tree.