One of the things that you may not think about when owning a Thermomix is the ability to make lots of different non food basics. Here is a recipe that I have followed with success to make my own Thermomix Washing Powder. I have been using this recipe since sharing on the ThermoFun Facebook page in September 2013.
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- 1 bar "Sunlight" (or pure) soap, roughly chopped
- ½ bar of Sard (or stain removing) soap, roughly chopped
- 200g Borax
- 315g Washing Soda (powder)
- Place soap into TM bowl and chop 30 sec / speed 7.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix 20 sec / speed 7 until it is evenly combined.
- Use 2 – 3 heaped tablespoons per wash.
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Would this washing powder be suitable for septic tanks?
Jill bartels says
What is washing soda?
Jill, washing soda is pictured in the top left corner. It can be found in most major supermarkets.
I just love this recipe, I use this washing powder all time now. The sard soap makes the difference to other recipes I have tried. I find it to be very economical as well.
A winner, thanks girls.
Thanks Janice :)
Thanks for recipe, my husband was having allergic reactions to most of the commercial brand washing powders
. After using this all the rashes and irritation have gone.
That's fabulous to hear Helen! Thank you! :)
When would you put the eucalyptus oil or essential oil in.
Roslyn I would put it in the washing machine at the time of doing a load. :)
I just did a rough calculation buying all ingredients from my local coles it works out to be $5.80 for just over 1.2 kg I was paying $4 for 1 kg of the coles washing powder but I would use two scoops so if you only need 2-3 heaped table spoons for the same result or better I thinl inusuage it will work out cheaper although is someone os paying more for a more expensive brand of washong powder such as omo they will definitely be saving ;-) hope this helps
I made this yesterday. Results ok, but not outstanding. It cost me $10.14 to make for 1.8kg....I made a double batch. I bought my ingredients from Woolworths and Bunnings. Whilst I love making things from scratch, I'm not sure this is the most economical way to buy/make washing powder.
Jenny Sullivan says
I do a similar recipe, only no sard and borax, I use 1/2 cup bi carb and 1/2 cup rock salt with 1cup washing soda and 2o drops eucalyptus oil for a refreshing smell. I also just use white vinegar as a fabric softener.
Going to do a similar recipe for dishwashing powder with citric acid when I can find it or may just add some lemon juice, do you think that would be a good substitute Leonie?
Sounds good Jenny. :)
I've been making this recipe for a while and I love it. I actually use a whole sard cake instead of half; I misread the recipe the first time and continued to make that way ever since. You might find with synthetics they become static. I use an environmentally friendly fabric softener, or hair conditioner works fine too, it's pretty much the same stuff. I use it for washing everything now.
Great feedback Caitlyn. Thanks! :)
Where do you buy washing soda from?
Hi Lynda - I found it at my local IGA - so I would assume Coles & Woolworths would have it too. They keep it near the washing powders.
Is the washing detergent suitable for front loading machines? How sudsy is it?
Hi Toni, It is not sudsy at all. So yes it can be used in a front loader - just use half the amount.
Do you use the bowl exclusively for your cleaning products, or do you give it a good clean and then carry on using it as normal for your cooking?
Julie I feel most comfortable using my bowl for cleaning products and food. It is a stainless steel bowl with no cracks for anything to remain after a good wash. :)
I've just made this and had to do a wash... its amazing! Thank you..
Hi I've been looking everywhere for Borax but can't find where to buy it! Can anyone help? thanks
Cathie, I buy my borax from Coles or Woolworths. Do you have a local store?n You may need to ask them where they stock it as sometimes it can be found in the most odd of places!
My Woolwoths doesn't stock it so I buy mine from Bunnings from the cleaning area/storage area
Lady Susan says
Bunnings have 1kg tubs of it - in the cleaning aisle
Woolies and Coles have smaller tubs - usually on the bottom shelf where you can't see it!
Jenelle Missenden says
Hi, I buy from Blant's Wellbeing & Lifestyle online:
Natural Pure Borax 11kg - $50.00
Washing Soda 11kg - $47.00
Delivery about $12
I found borax at Mitre 10 in the gardening section. Never would have looked there!
Tania Read says
I found borax in Bin Inn.
Mitre ten or K&D warehouse..
Bunnings sell in bulk and its cheap.
Yes, I make a similar powder: 1 cake of soap, 1 cup Lectric Soda powder (not chrystals), 1/2 cup borax, 1 pkt bi carb. Sometimes I use 1 cup of lux flakes instead of the soap.
That sounds like a great recipe Megan!
how much is there in a packet of bi carb soda?
Hi Tatiana, the packet size does not matter, you just need 315g. The recipe calls for washing soda which is different to bi carb. :)
Oops...sorry...I meant to reply to the lady in a previous comment who said that she also adds bicarb soda to her mix.