Laundry Powder Concentrate Recipe

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If you use soda ash (otherwise known as sodium carbonate) in this recipe you will get a smooth soft powder. If you use washing soda it will be more like a clay. We only use Wendyl’s Green Goddess Premium Soda Ash and palm oil free castile soap in our recipes and recommend you do the same.

Laundry Powder Concentrate Recipe

1 cup Wendyl’s Premium Soda Ash
1 cup Green Goddess Premium Baking Soda
60ml Green Goddess Hemp & Coconut Liquid Castile Soap.
5ml filtered water as needed
2 ml essential oil of your choice

Here’s how to make it

Put the soda ash in a food processor with the baking soda and process to combine. In a jug mix the castile soap and water together and slowly drizzle the liquid into the powders while the processor is still running to create a white powder.
Then add the essential oil and continue to process.
Keep in an airtight container and use 1Tbs for an average load, double if you are washing a big load.

 

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  1. Hi, I’ve made the Laundry Powder concentrate using the recipe from your Video. But I’ve now noticed that the recipe for the same product on the website has a lesser amount of Castile Liquid Soap in it. The difference is quite big and I wondered if it matters? The Video says use 60ml of Castile Liquid Soap, and the website recipe says use 10ml. Which would be better in your opinion. I have a large front loader washing machine and I’m hoping it won’t produce too many suds. Thanks for your time and your wonderful advice. Rebecca.

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  2. Hi Wendyl
    Thanks for your fabulous website. Really enjoy reading it. Just a question: has the amount of 60ml liquid Castile soap in the Laundry Powder Concentrate recipe been reduced to 10ml?
    Many thanks
    cheers
    Ingrid

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  3. Just wondering if either the laundry powder or liquid are hypo-allergenic? My husband has developed rashes with commercially available eco/natural products; We gave up on the big brands ages ago. /any suggestions?

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      For sensitive people we recommend you use our Baby Mild laundry powder concentrate as it has no smell and no essential oils. It is very, very mild. If you want to make your own use Dr Bronner’s baby mild castile soap.

      1. Hi Carol, I have now been buying and making my own laundry powder and liquid for about 4 years. My son suffered terribly from eczema and it was only when I started using Wendyl’s products that we got it under control. I had tried numerous unscented and natural commercial products before trying Wendyl’s.

  4. Hi there,
    Thanks for the recipe,
    Just wondering tho, would castile soap have too much fat in it to use in a washing machine? Just wondering with all the oils and natural glycerine in there,
    Thanks!

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      Hi Jules, yes it can, but I tend to use the laundry liquid as it is a bit more mild. If using the powder just use a tiny bit if you are handwashing – about 1 tsp.

  5. Ive been using 10ml in a 3 cup quanitity, works awesome. Even work great with a few scoops in a bucket when i had to scrub vomit off the carpet – no smell !! YAY 🙂

  6. Hi
    I have a Clearwater sewerage system and am no longer able to use my favourite laundry powder (Persil) as it is too harsh for the system I have tried every other brand on the market and none of them remove stains or even get clothes clean in some cases. I am looking forward to trying your product – just wondering if the essential oil is necessary and if so does it matter which one? I am not keen on either lavender or rose smells but citrus would be OK. Does your product keep whites white?

    Thanks

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      Hi Anita, you don’t need essential oil, it is just in there for the smell, so try it without. We make a baby mild laundry powder which is unscented. And yes, good for whites although have a look at the blueing powder here for even more whitening and WendylSan here for soaking.

  7. Hi , I have been making the laundry powder for 2-3 years. My recipe has washing soda in it & I have just noticed you are now using soda ash……….what’s the difference?

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      They are essentially the same but washing soda will give you more of a clay consisistency where soda ash will give you a fine powder.

  8. Hi there Wendy,
    My daughter Ann, who lives near Wellington introduced me to your website & I would love to try making this concentrate powder, but I have a bit of a problem with terminology! I live in Switzerland, so can’t buy your products. What is SODA ASH? Do you find it in a pharmacy/chemists?
    What is CASTILE SOAP? That is, what is important about this kind of liquid soap? What ingredients should or shouldn’t be present? That way I can find a Swiss alternative! Many thanks,
    Jane

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  9. Hiya, i wanted to make some laundry powder but I only use cold water and I read that soda ash is soluable at 22 degrees, so am I correct in assuming the recipe would not be effective in cold water?

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  10. Just wanted to say that I have been using your washing powder for a couple of months. I have the Rose and Patchouli both smell delicious and natural, also very economical . I have a top loader, wash in cold water, use it for all wash loads, regulars colours, whites, gentle and woollens. Everything is clean and perfect. When it runs out I will be making my own. Thank you .

  11. hello
    I’m keen to give this a try, however just wondered if you could use a stick blender rather than a food processor?

    thanks 🙂

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  12. I bought a diy starter pack a year or so ago (it was meant to come with a booklet of recipes) but want to making a soaking product as children are getting bigger and messier can you post that recipe.

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      Sorry the recipes didn’t arrive! Most are on this website. You will want to make up Wendyl-San which is 1 cup oxygen bleach to 2 cups soda ash or baking soda. Put 4tbsp in half a bucket of warm water.

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  13. Hi Wendyl

    I have a problem but first of all I want to congratulate you on providing us with good, safe products to use to keep our homes and washing clean! I love your informative website too.

    Now to the problem! I use the Patchouli Washing powder but it when I pour it straight into my washing machine, leaves white powdery marks on our dark coloured cloths when the washing cycle has finished. I decided I would fix this by mixing the powder in a bucket before adding it to the machine. However, when I do this I end up having more problems with hard lumps forming in the bottom of the bucket even when I mix it with cold water before adding to my top loader washing machine. I have tried mixing it with hot water and stirring with a wooden spoon and still it forms lumps. I have tried it with cold water stirring fast but I still find lumps of very hard bits at the bottom of the bucket. I try squashing these lumps with my wooden spoon but this is time consuming!!

    I love your products Wendyl but would love to solve this particular problem!! Does anyone else have the same problem or am I doing something wrong? We have a tank water system. Hope you can help!!

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      Hi there, this is mystifying as one of the great things about our laundry concentrate is that it doesn’t leave white marks on black clothes. I use it with my rainwater tank system up north with no problems. And it certainly should dissolve really quickly in cold or warm water. I can only suggest you return it to us so that we can have a look and see what it going on. We will replace free of charge.

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      Hi Jen, the soap bar doesn’t work so well in the concentrate, you can use it in the laundry liquid because it dissolves and mixes in with the other ingredients. Triona

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