DIY Natural Laundry Soaker
I have been working on this DIY natural laundry soaker recipe for over a year and I am finally happy to share it. Simple to make with natural low tox and eco-friendly ingredients you are gonna love this recipe!
Natural Laundry Soaker with just 4 Ingredients
Yep you read that right! Just 4 natural ingredients! And the best news is they are easy to get your hands on. We stock 3 of them in our online store and most of the ingredients can even be purchased from your local supermarket if that where you prefer to shop.
Washing soda (Sodium Carbonate) is used in this natural laundry soaker as its high alkalinity allows it to act as a solvent in removing a wide range of tough stains such as grease, blood, tea, and coffee stains. Washing soda is also a super water softener and raises the pH of the cleaning water providing a more effective clean. It does this by helping other cleaning ingredients lift soil from the fabrics and suspend the soil in the wash water. The washing soda binds to the minerals which make water hard and allows the detergent to be absorbed into fibers properly to clean clothes.
Oxygen Bleach (sodium percarbonate) is a great natural alternative to chlorine bleach being safer for both you and the environment as well as being safer for your clothes. Unlike chlorine bleach, it is colour safe and non-corrosive so won’t break down fabric fibres or bleach the colour from your favourite shirt. Oxygen bleach breaks down in the presence of water into washing soda and hydrogen peroxide. The washing soda adds more water softening power. Whilst the hydrogen peroxide disinfects, sanitises and removes stains by releasing oxygen. This oxygen lifts off stains and dirt from the laundry.
We are all familiar with baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate, bicarb) in the kitchen, but did you know it is also great in the laundry. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer, cleanser, and water softener. Baking soda is great for whitening whites and brighter brights and is excellent for neutralising odors. Bye-bye stinky gym clothes and musty towels.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil is a great essential oil to use in the laundry. It is great for removing oil, sweat and grass stains. Whilst its excellent deodorising properties help cut through even the toughest of odours and leaves your washing smelling fresh and clean. Eucalyptus scores bonus points for killing 90% of dust mites when used in the laundry, which is excellent news for those families with allergy sufferers.
Doubles as an In-wash Booster
Like with most laundry soakers this natural laundry soaker recipe can be used as an in-wash booster. It helps to whiten and brighten your clothes, tackle stains and remove funky odors. Just add to the compartment along with your regular washing detergent. For extra power dissolve in hot water to activate the oxygen bleach before adding to the machine.
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- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly (but gently to minimise dust) to ensure well combined
- Transfer to an airtight container
As Soaker - Dissolve 2-4 tablespoons in warm water then add clothes. If extra oxygen cleaning power is needed use hot water to dissolve the powder. Once dissolved top up with cool to warm water before adding clothes. Sodium percarbonate remains active for around 6 hours so soaking beyond this is not necessary.
As in-wash booster - Add 2-4 tablespoons to the machine with your usual laundry detergent and run a warm cycle. If extra oxygen cleaning power is required or if using a cold water cycle dissolve the powder in hot water prior to adding to the machine.
- Don't soak metal items, such as buttons or zips
- While oxygen bleach is safe on most fabrics, it should never be used on silk, wool, or any garment that has leather trim or wooden buttons.
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