08 May

Eco-friendly laundry - recipe for washing powder, fabric softener, washing crystals | Zero waste

Eco clothing washing - recipe for washing powder, fabric softener, washing crystals | Zero waste

 In today's post, I will show you some recipes for eco washing powder, fabric softener, washing crystals and stain remover. I have used all of these products for several months and have replaced washing liquids for good. For their preparation I use easily accessible ingredients that are safer for our skin and the environment. I invite you to the rest of the post! 😉 
Washing powder recipe Zero Waste

Washing powder for white clothes: 


Ingredients: 
Borax - ½ cup 
Soda ash - ½ cup 
Sodium percarbonate - ½ cup 
Soap flakes - 1-2 tablespoons 
(you can replace them with gritty gray soap) 

Preparation: 
In gloves, I mix all the ingredients and pour them into the jar. 

Usage: 
On the bottom of the washing machine drum I pour 2 spoons of powder. 

Washing powder for colorful clothes: 


Ingredients: 
Borax - ½ cup 
Soda ash - ½ cup 
Soap flakes - 1-2 tablespoons 
(you can replace them with gritty gray soap) 

Preparation: 
In gloves, I mix all the ingredients and pour them into the jar. 

Usage: 
On the bottom of the washing machine drum I pour 2 spoons of powder. 
Fabric Softener Recipe Zero Waste

Fabric softener: (first recipe) 


Ingredients: 
Warm water - 200 ml 
Vinegar - 800 ml 
Essential oil - 20 drops 

Preparation: 
I pour warm water into a glass bottle, add vinegar and essential oil. I mix the ingredients. 
What I like the most is the essential oil of lavender or mint. Washing then smells fresh and clean. 

Usage: 
I pour 4 tablespoons of liquid into the compartment for the rinsing liquid. 

Fabric softener: (second recipe) 


Ingredients: 
Warm water - 70% 
Citric acid - 30% 
Essential oil - 20 drops 

Preparation: 
I put Citric acid in a glass bottle and pour it in warm water (I dont use hot water to keep the bottle from breaking). I add the essential oil and shake the bottle to dissolve the acid. 

Usage: 
I pour 3 tablespoons of liquid into the compartment for the rinsing liquid. 

Crystals for washing: 


Ingredients: 
Sea salt or epsom - 1 ½ cup 
Baking soda - ½ cup 
Essential oil - 20-30 drops 

Preparation: 
I mix all the ingredients and put them in a jar. 

Usage: 
At the bottom of the washing machine drum pour 2-3 tablespoons of crystals. 
Attention! Salt and soda can have color-rinsing properties, so it's better to use crystals for bright colors of clothes. 

Stain remover:


Sodium percarbonate has whitening properties. 
For hand washing, add 2 spoons of percarbonate to 3 liters of water. Dip clothes with stains in solution and wash after 2 hours. 

For washing in the washing machine add 2 tablespoons powder and set the washing at 40 degrees. 
Eco clothing washing - recipe for washing powder, fabric softener, washing crystals | Zero waste

Several tricks for eco-friendly laundry: 


You can reuse jars for making washing powder or softener, for example: a larger jar after cucumbers or  bottles after juice 
If you are looking for a good stain remover without plastic, you will find stain removers in bar in the drugstores. They are very efficient and wash the stains well 
If you watn to buy cloth clips, the bamboo clips are more ecological than plastic ones 
When the weather is nice, use it and hang laundry outside 
If you take home your cloth clips after removing the laundry, they will serve you longer 

What are your eco washing tricks? 

xoxo, 
Dorota

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