In this blog, we will be looking at the rise of people using their own homemade laundry powders and why that isn’t always the best idea.
With people feeling the toll of the recession and money being tighter than ever, it’s understandable that some would look to ways of cutting down the cost of everyday household essentials. Some people simply reuse old bottles or plastic bags rather than use news ones every time, others take something and use it for a completely different purpose (such as putting old teabags in shoes to remove the odour – it actually works too), and some even go as far as making their own version of the shop-bought, branded product.
This is how homemade laundry powder came about. A lot of consumers decided that ‘official’ laundry powder was just too expensive and that making it themselves was easier and cheaper. A quick search online will bring up hundreds of recipes and methods from those who have decided to do it themselves, as well as videos explaining exactly how to do it and how the resulting washing turns out after using it. So with all this information on homemade laundry powder, surely it must be a good alternative to shop-bought brands?
More and more people are starting to make their own laundry powder, but is it really worth it?
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Well, despite all of the praise it gets in online forums and communities, homemade laundry powder isn’t as great as it seems. The most obvious point to start with is that you have to make it yourself. Whilst the advice suggests it is easy to make, the chances are the first few washes might not be up to scratch, and one mistake could result in your laundry potentially being ruined. And when you do eventually get the method just right, there’s still the issue of actually having to make it. If you work all day, having to make the laundry powder before you can do the washing is just hassle, as no doubt you will also have to make food, clean your home and all sorts of other tasks and chores. If you’re a parent staying at home to look after your children, having to find the time to make a laundry powder you could just buy in a shop is going to be difficult, especially if your child is young and needs constant supervision.
But the extra work you will have to do might be worth it if you can make great savings compared to buying laundry powder in the shops. However, even these savings aren’t as good as they are made out. Taking an example found online, the cost of the ingredients needed to make 6.5kg of powder is-
i) 2.5kg Borax substitute – 7.50
ii) 2kg Soda Crystals – 2.00
iii) 500g Bicarbonate of Soda – 1.50
iv) 3 bars of standard size soap – approx. 1.50
v) 1kg Chlorine Free Oxygenated Bleach – 4.00
Whilst most recipes state the bleach is optional, they highly recommend it to remove stubborn stains. That means to create your own laundry powder it would cost around 16.50. That is cheaper than a lot of branded powders, but when you compare it our own EVO Professional Laundry Powder, the savings aren’t that impressive, as 8.1kg of EVO costs 17.99. Unless you are desperate for that 1 to 2 saving, all the effort of finding the ingredients (some of which can be hard to track down) and making the powder seems unnecessary when you can buy a proven, quality powder for just a little bit more.
Also, with EVO there is no need to worry about how it will affect sensitive skin, as that is another reason why some people choose to make their own laundry powder. Whereas a lot of major brands have chemicals that can be irritable on certain skin types, EVO is designed to be easy on sensitive skin.
It makes perfect sense why many people choose to make their own laundry powder, and you have to take your hats off to those people to have the desire and effort to make it themselves, but with a product like EVO available there is just no need.
If you are interested in EVO, please find it on our website or go to our Amazon store-front.