I started a post of making my own washing powder a few weeks ago when I was feeling very organised. I think I must have been preparing myself for the onslaught of work and knowing that I would barely be able to string two words together, let alone an entire sentence.
When I first started this blog I mentioned that I would be asking for help. This is one of those posts.
About six months ago I stopped buying laundry powder and started making my own trialling recipes that I had found on blogs. I was really happy with the results, feeling that I was doing the right thing for my family. While at a Living Smart course recently, we looked at 'greener' ways to clean. This is something that I thought we were doing well here with things like vinegar, bi carb, lemon... One of the ingredients we looked at was borax. It comes up in a lot of washing powder recipes and I hadn't really thought twice about as it even says on the label that it is a 'non-toxic alternative'. One of the ladies questioned the safety of it, especially as it says to 'Keep out of reach of children'.
I looked at some articles here and here. Now I know that anyone can put articles up on the internet, but it made me think.
Now I am not sure if I am over-reacting.
I found a borax-free alternative here.
There is also the soapnut option as tried by cityhippyfarmgirl.
What do you use?