Clothes Wash Powder Recipe


  • 100 or 200g Natural Soap – buy soap bits on my website OR use a good glug of organic liquid castille soap (I buy 1 litre at The Soapery online)
  • 400g Borax Substitute – Dri Pack (buy online BIG GREEN SMILE)
  • 400g Washing Soda – Dri Pack (buy online BIG GREEN SMILE)
  • 10 Drops of either Lemon, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree or Peppermint Essential Oils They offer antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties (I buy Aroma Energy Oils for household cleaning etc) **I prefer Peppermint


If your using a whole bar of soap, slice it into 8 pieces and add to a food processor. If using soap bits, just put them into a food processor, (or grate the soap using small grater bit) add the Washing Soda and blitz till the soap is in fine particles. Add the Borax Powder and mix throughly. (Just let the dust settle before removing the lid so you don’t inhale the fine particles.)

If using liquid soap, add a small glug into the washing machine tray and add a cup of water to add it to the machine, then add the powder. 10 drops into the tray of your choice of essential oils.

Store in a sealed container. Add 3 heaped tbsp into the washing machine tray.

I don’t use fabric softener as it’s also full of perfumes and nasties, I use my own handmade natural Fabric Freshener and spray it directly onto clothes on the clothes line, airer or sprayed onto clothes before putting in the tumble dryer.

Why not learn to make you own with my Green Cleaning Workshop. Saves a fortune as is eco/ marine / child and pet friendly. Recyclable, re-usable glass spray bottles too.

The Perfect Essential Oils to Start With

Lemon & Lime
Known for being antiviral and also helping to cut grease, this uplifting powerhouse of essential oil can be used to help disinfect and remove sticky, greasy substances. They have a beautiful, bright scent, as well as being Antiviral, Anti-bacterial they make a surface an inhospitable environment for many microorganisms to grow—it’s great at combatting germs and mold while you clean.

Tea Tree
Also called Melaleuca, this is an essential oil cleaning powerhouse! It may take some getting used to the scent, although you may come to love it over time. Tea tree is an antimicrobial, its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral EO. I use tea tree oil for my all-purpose kitchen spray and in the bathroom to help fight mildew in the shower. It mixes nicely with bergamot, clary sage, clove bud, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, geranium, and rosemary.

Eucalyptus oil benefits and uses are extensive, and the oil is commonly used in healing ointments, natural perfumes, vapor rubs and cleaning products. Eucalyptus oil is a terrific grease and grime buster. Use it to clean bench tops, clean your microwave oven, make your kitchen sink clean, and will make your kitchen smell great.

It also works wonders as a natural Toilet Disinfectant as it’s a natural Germicide. I use this in my All Purpose Cleaner. It’s also a natural pest deterrent and insect repellent. It Kills dust mites – Add 2 tsp (20 drops) eucalyptus oil to your washing cycle when washing linens, towels, quilts, blankets or pillows.

Peppermint gives an invigorating, refreshing smell and it’s also antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory. Find relief from the discomforts caused by skin irritations with peppermint oil. It can also assist with overcoming stress and can relieve nasal congestion and boosting mental alertness and focus.