Last week I made my own washing powder. No biggie you may think, only it is, it’s huge.
Why? Because my entire body had a visceral reaction to it that caught me off guard.
But let me backup a little.
I live in the middle of nowhere, on a volcanic rock that is hugely expensive. A place where the shop owners just love to sprinkle an extra 100% mark up on top of the regular prices.
If you pay $4 for a bottle of detergent — over here double it and then add some.
So when I saw a YouTube video of a lady making her own washing powder, (well liquid really, but powder is how I separate washing powder for clothes from washing liquid for dishes) — I thought — if I can get the ingredients, why not?
The lady in the video said it’s dirt cheap, better for the environment, better for your skin and clothes, so what do I have to lose? If it’s rubbish and doesn’t work, well, I’ll find a use for it.
One week later, there I am, post product sleuthing under my belt. I’d managed to track down all the ingredients, no mean feat on this floating volcano. It involved 3 trips to 3 different stores all of course in separate parts of town — so petrol wise it wasn’t economical, but I was on a mission and I found them.
The allotted day to make the powdered liquid came, and it was so easy as to be laughable. I now have 8 litres of washing powder for the price of 2. It’s scented to my taste — grapefruit essential oil, has basically 3 ingredients, is much kinder to the earth than the shop-bought stuff, and I feel pretty proud of my self for making it.
But that's not really why I’m writing this.
I decided I would do a test of just how good this new liquid/powder is. So I used blood. I deliberately left blood on some white cotton, for two weeks, ensuring it was really well ground in. I soaked the stain for 15 minutes in a small amount of my grapefruit washing liquid/powder, and then put it in the washing machine on a 60-degree wash.
It worked. It worked very well. It came out clean. No stain.
At which point I was grinning like a Cheshire cat.
But this is the part I want to tell you about — when I was hanging the washing up on the line, my entire body had a visceral positive reaction. For the first time ever I felt happy, joyous even, about washing clothes. My entire being felt happy. The clothes smelt clean and fresh, but in a fresh air kind of way, not in a chemical let’s make it in a factory oh I know which washing powder you use kind of way.
I knew I had done something worthy.
By making my own washing powder/liquid, I’ve done several things. I’ve helped my little corner of this volcanic rock to be slightly more eco friendly, I’m becoming a tad more independent by deciding what goes onto my clothes, and as a result onto my skin. I’m not letting the big guys decide for me. And I found out I’m happy when I do this.
Plus, if it means it’s waaaay cheaper too — then it’s a win all round.
The video where I learnt to make my own washing powder/liquid. Thank you Danu’s Irish Herb Garden.