Monday, March 19, 2012

Cook-A-Long with Brooke-A-Long: Edition 7

Over the coming months, Cook-A-Long is going to feature some basic recipes to help you replace some of the day to day items we use all the time - yoghurt, nut butters, sauces etc.

We're going to start a little differently though, with washing powder.  I've been using this now for about 2 months since a friend sent the recipe on and it's fabulous.  You can only make one batch at a time, so I just do several batches one after another and fill my tub.

I use white vinegar as my fabric conditioner, with a drop of lavender oil and a drop of eucalyptus oil.  Smells fabulous, works really well at removing stains and is a bundle cheaper. 

As always with Cook-A-Long, I really encourage you just to give it a go and see what you think.  Let me know if you try it out!

Thermomix Washing Powder


1 bar Sunlight/Velvet soap - roughly chopped
1 bar Sard Wonder soap (or other stain removing soap) - roughly chopped
200g Borax


1.  Blitz soap for 5 seconds on speed 7.
2.  Add borax & soda and mix together for 10-20 seconds on speed 7.

Use 2 tablespoons full per load of washing.  Wash TM bowl well, then wash it again - just to be sure!

In terms of cost, it's about $5.50 per batch.  For our family, it's cheaper than what we were buying and is lasting much longer.


  1. And as a bonus, the vinegar changes the pH of your clothes to a pH that's closer to the skin's natural level - for people with sensitive skin, that can make a huge difference.

  2. How much vinegar do u put in for fabric softener?

  3. I use about 1/2 cup. I also used to add 1/4 cup of bi-carb to the washing powder I used, but now that I'm making my own I don't - the washing soda seems to do the same job.

  4. Thanks so much for posting this! It's something I have been meaning to try since "day one" with Thermomix. You make it sound so easy, there's no more excuse ;-)

  5. Helene, I'm not just making it sound that way, it just IS super easy! Go for it:)

  6. Thank you. I have just tried this and it is amazing. So easy in the Thermomix.

  7. Do you know if this is suitable for front loading machines?

  8. Fifi - suitable for both (mine is a front loader).

  9. Hi Brooke! Thanks for this!
    I have been reading your blog for a little while on and off... and didn't put 2 and 2 together when I met you yesterday! Penny just dropped ;)

  10. Do you still use 2 tablespoons in a front loader?