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I’ve been making my own laundry powder since my daughter was a baby almost eight years ago. Since I was washing cloth diapers, I wanted to be sure I wasn’t washing them in chemical-laden laundrydetergent. This method was so successful, I began using it on our clothes as well, and haven’t looked back since!
It is really easy to make your own laundry powder, and it isn’t expensive at all. You can find all the supplies you need right at Wal*Mart (washing soda, tea tree oil)- so they aren’t hard to locate, either!
So first, grab your supplies:
- two boxes Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- tea tree oil
- lavender essential oil (optional)
- heavy-duty plastic lidded container
- tablespoon scoop
Since I no longer store my food in plastic containers, I used a Tupperware Bagel Keeper for my laundry powder. It is nice and square and deep with an easy flip-top lid. I am not sure if they still sell them, but you can use just about anything. Although I like using mason jars for so many things, glass in the laundry room isn’t something I want to risk.
Lea’s Laundry Powder Recipe
1. Dump a whole box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda in your container:
2. Next, add 20 drops of tea tree oil, and 15 drops lavender oil if you’re using.
3. Add the second box of washing soda. Mix well. I like to close the lid, flip upside-down and and shake to mix well. The oils may clump, so you’ll want to open it when you’re done mixing and check for lumps – if you find any, smash them with a spoon to break them down.
I use 1 TBSP Lea’s Laundry Powder per load of laundry. That’s it! I do have a front-loading washing machine, so you may need to double it for top-loaders.
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