This is an old but wonderful recipe known as Laundry Butter, because once you whip it up it looks like a lush buttercream, but please don't eat it.
Instead use it to clean ovens, wash dishes, wash clothes, clean grout, tiles, toilet, showers, baths, sinks, floors & even your BBQ.
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Soap Flakes
- 6 cups boiling water
- Essential Oils *see important stuff to know below
- Measuring cups
- Large Saucepan/heatproof container with lid
- Wooden Spoon
- Stick Blender
Approx. 2 - 2.5 litres
1. Add all the dry ingredients into your heat proof container or saucepan.
2. Add the boiling water & stir until mixture is dissolved as best you can. There may be a few undissolved pieces & the mixture will be thick, this is normal.
3. Cover the mixture at let sit for approx. 4-5 hours (it may be quicker/slower in certain climates). It is set when it is a thick gel like substance & no liquid will pour out when turned upside down.
4. Once set you can add the essential oils upfront (or leave out and add as you go).
5. Use a stick blender to whiz the gel until it forms a buttercream texture then store in an airtight container and use as required.
If you would like to give this a go, you can grab all the ingredients here.
IMPORTANT STUFF TO KNOW
What are some of the uses for Laundry Butter?
You can use it in the kitchen, laundry, bathroom & outdoors. Check out this article on the Uses for Laundry Butter Cleaning Paste
How long will this mixture last?
There are no hard & fast answers to this, but I have had some for over a year as a test & its still fine.
Am I better off adding oils upfront or as I go?
If you go through the Laundry Butter rather quickly (say within a month or two) & you are happy with the one fragrance, then you can add it upfront. If its likely to sit for a long while you are better of preserving the benefits of the oil until the time you need them. Either way you can't really go wrong.
Is this safe on all surfaces?
Because of the washing soda you should avoid aluminium. You should also test first when using on porous surfaces or wood.
Is this safe for septic tanks?
The ingredients are mild, safe & biodegradable which should not affect the bacteria in septic tanks like harsh chemicals can.