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Homemade Washing Powder Recipe

So, I finally decided to try making homemade washing powder, and I’m so glad that I did. This stuff works really 100 times better than any washing powder or detergent I have ever bought.

The tea tree oil has great anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits. Great for washing cloth diapers or any items contaminated with yeast. Also great for getting funky smells out of stored clothes and sheets.

This powder is also great for washing cloth diapers, particularly if you’ve had issues with yeast or fungal skin infections.

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I’ve been adding tea tree oil to my washing for a while, but this washing powder has made a huge difference. Nothing ever needs to go back for a 2nd wash because it came out still stained.

Using a recipe like this will also save you tons of money. When a box of washing powder is starting at like $20, why wouldn’t you want to make your own for a fraction of the price?

This powder removed many set in stains and clothes came out smelling great too. Here’s what I did.

You will need

  • 1 packet of pure soap ( 4 x 125g bars = 500g total)
  • 1 packet of washing soda (1kg)
  • Tea tree oil

Both the soap and washing soda should be found in the laundry aisle of the supermarket (around where products like Borax are kept).

Tea tree oil is also available from the supermarket, it should be with the medicines are supplements. Just make sure you get pure tea tree oil, not one diluted with other substances (many tea tree products labelled as antiseptics will have other things in them).

Method

  1. Grate soap into a large container using a cheese grater
  2. Add wash soda
  3. You’re done! No need to contaminate your blender or food processor.

How to use your homemade washing powder

  • Use a small scoop for each wash (you can use one from an old box of store-bought powder)
  • add 3-4 drops of tea tree oil into each load.
  • Enjoy your fresh, hygienic clothes.

Natural and effective homemade washing powder

No borax, no harmful chemicals, and very effective. Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It’s a win for everyone.

Should I blend homemade washing powder?

The only downside to not blending up the soap is that it doesn’t disperse evenly in the container. However, if you get approximately 50/50 of the two ingredients when you scoop, everything will be fine. You can blend the powder if you really want, but I see it as unnecessary hassle. Not blending will not affect it’s ability to dissolve in the machine during washing.

You could even keep the 2 ingredients in separate containers so you can take even amounts when adding to your wash – that’s all up to you.

Are washing soda and baking soda the same?

No. Washing soda will much more effective than baking soda. However, many other homemade washing powder recipes do use baking soda instead of or in addition to wash soda. It is an effective cleaner and deodorizer, however, for laundry, wash soda is a better option if you can find it. It is a water softener (binds to minerals) and this will allow your clothes to be better cleaned.

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Remember, my blog is here to help you. Let me know if you found something better or had any problems.

How to save Money on Electricity

Save electricity to reduce your power bill.

Did you just get a shock from your power bill? Are you just interested in how you can use less electricity for environmental reasons or just saving extra cash?

This article is another expanding a bit on an earlier piece on general ways you can save money. You can read that article here.

I have covered here some basic tips for saving on the electric bill. These do not include specific tips for keeping your home warm in winter, as it’s currently summer here and the last thing I want to think about is being more hot. I also think it’s an area which warrants its own post.

So here are some tips that will help you save on energy year-round….

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How to treat sunburn naturally

Want to treat your sunburn naturally? Would you like relief without all the nasty fillers found in store-bought products? Or maybe just looking for something safe for your kids?

You’ve come to the right place.

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What is Greenwashing?

Have you ever been fooled by Greenwashing? Have you ever even heard of greenwashing before?

Since becoming really interested in the health effects of certain substances used in food and body products, I’ve become more and more aware of the deceptive labeling many companies utilize to fool consumers.  The move toward protecting our bodies and the environment is being hijacked by corporations to make a quick buck.

Meanwhile, they undermine the movement with unsustainable practices, whilst taking money from those who want to protect the planet. They use many tricks including confusing terminology like “biodegradable” and words that have strong meaning for consumers like “natural” “good” “pure” to hide the nasty ingredients in fine-print on the back.

With these labeling tricks they inflate the price of still-toxic products to make more money for themselves.  Here’s a guide to understanding and identifying greenwashing, and all the reasons such products should be avoided.

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How to be more environmentally conscious (without spending money)

For some people, living an eco friendly lifestyle may seem daunting or out of reach, and many would think of it in economic terms. Organic costs more, natural fibers cost more, installing solar has a big upfront cost/im renting and can’t make modifications, etc. My belief is that any change toward a more conscious lifestyle is better than none, and small things can still make a difference.

Here’s some ways you can be more environmentally conscious which are free, low cost or can save you money on things you already purchase.

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A guide to the best non-toxic materials for fibers and textiles

Now, why I am I not titling this post ‘eco friendly’? Well, every fiber has it’s pros and cons, and most of them aren’t farmed or manufactured in an environmentally friendly way. Cotton uses tons of water and pesticides, viscose uses heavy chemicals in processing, animal fibers like wool and leather have issues like deforestation for grazing, water consumption etc and modern tanning techniques tend to rely on heavy chemicals. Even fibers which could be sustainable usually aren’t because of the level of consumption. Until we start consuming less, I don’t believe there will be anything truly eco-friendly. I see this issue basically as “pick your poison”

So this may leave you asking what’s the point? Natural fibers still have lots of benefits like being more comfortable and reducing plastic pollution down the line. Continue reading

Non-toxic baby products to add to your amazon registry

Are you trying to find non-toxic baby products and always get disappointed with the plastic hell in stores? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve curated this list for those of you using Amazon’s baby registry (you can set one up here) or who are interested in detoxing their baby’s items to benefit their long term health.

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A Guide to Non Toxic Materials for Cookware and Food Storage

Looking to detoxify your living environment? It’s always best to start with your kitchen and the things you put directly into your body and anything which may contaminate those things. In this post we are examining the various types of cookware which are hazardous to your health. Recent research has shown that metals and harmful substances can leech into your food from your cookware causing various effects – neurotoxicity, hormone disruption, and increasing your risk of developing cancer.

While we may not be able to avoid all toxic exposures in our lives, we can at least do our best to reduce them as much as possible. Cleansing your food supply (reducing processed foods and additives) and reducing sources of contamination is a great place to start with any detox regime. So here are the safest materials to use around food, as well as ones to avoid. Continue reading

Homemade baby wipes recipe (reusable or disposable)

After having my son, I became appalled with the options for baby wipes. Chemical laden, and even supposedly “hypoallergenic” wipes made him break out in an angry red rash. The only brand not containing weird unpronounceable ingredients was priced INSANELY high. $7.50 for some cloth and water wrapped in plastic which will barely last me a week?!? No way am I paying that for something so easy to make myself.

What I ended up making, in fact, turned out to be better. It cleans with way less effort, this means using less wipes, and less waste. They are cheaper than store-bought wipes and didn’t cause any skin reaction for my son. They only take a few minutes to make. This is how…

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10+ Reasons to Diaper Your Baby the Old Way

 

I am sure there’s a lot of people who don’t like the idea of cloth diapers, particularly the toweling kind as opposed to the new modern ones. I chose to diaper my baby the old way.. I hate spending money on things that I know I’m just going to put in the garbage. It seemed senseless to me to be buying something that my child is only going to poop/pee in and then needs to be thrown out. I also didn’t want my sons first legacy to the earth to be a mountain of landfill. Yeah, I looked into the overpriced “biodegradable” diapers, and I have some bad news. If you’re putting them in the garbage and sending them to landfill, you’re not doing the environment any favors. there is not much decomposing going on in landfills due to lack of airflow. Those of you who know about composting will know that airflow is essential for efficient decomposition. if your heap doesn’t get turned, it will stink and decay very slowly. No matter what goes into a landfill, it’s not going to breakdown any time soon, so, unless you’re composting those biodegradable diapers yourself, you’re essentially paying more to only feel like you did something good when in reality you’re still contributing to the problem.
When I looked into cloth diapers I wasn’t expecting it to be easy, but it was something that I wanted to do anyway. I can say now I’m so glad that I’ve done it, and it’s not as difficult as I expected. It is well worth it for the saved money, the lessened environmental impact, and not having your child suffer with nasty diaper rashes caused by synthetic materials and the moist, non-breathable environment that disposable diapers create.

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