These two products here are
- Soda Crystals
- And Bicarbonate of Soda

How are they useful to me? 

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome in reducing your outgoing waste is undoubtedly cleaning products. They nearly always come in big plastic bottles with toxic symbols on them, all of which can rarely be recycled. 

There is however a solution. And the first of them I would like to talk about here. 
Soda crystals, a product that can be used alongside Bicarb of Soda. Are the olden days way of cleaning clothes.
Ya know, tin tubs with a washboard like a ribcage. Hours of grafting and elbow grease. 
Fortunately for us, we have washing machines to do the manual part. 

They are already quite often the base component of nearly any washing powder you can find out there. And they do nearly all of the work. It is tough on stains, cleans very thoroughly, and even better, is excellent for washing machine maintenance.


So how do I use them? 

Its a 2 step process,

1) You snip open the bag
2) You pour about 50 grams in your washing machine drawer.


Why is there Bicarbonate of Soda?

Bicarbonate of Soda is a great material for making a good fabric conditioner to go alongside it. Again, its quite a simple process. 

1) Mix equal quantities (By volume) of Bicarb and white vinegar. Keep mixing it until it stops fizzing. (It will fizz a lot). 

2) Dilute this solution with twice as much water. 

3) Add a few or 6 drops of your favourite essential oil. 


What have I gained from all this?

There are a few good reasons to wash your clothes in this way. Personally, my first good reason is the sheer reduction in price. 
All in all, those materials cost a very small amount compared to the average price of a 'liquitab' and a bottle of fabric softener. A bag of soda crystals is 97p for example in Tesco. 

Secondly, these are all materials that you can bulk buy and do so in recycled or recyclable packaging. All of these ingredients are completely naturally derived and safe for the environment. So there is absolutely no consequence to the environment for using them. 

As mentioned above, it is all natural. The amount of chemicals we put in our clothes and on our skin these days is surprising, and even if the majority of it is quite safe for us. Its not always safe when it escapes into the world. The environment wont thank you for it. 

And last but not least. I think It is kind of cool to be able to do this kind of thing. To understand exactly what you are using and how it works. Think of it as training for a zombie apocalypse. If you survive the city, and the hoard, and escape into the country. Then, at the very least, you'll have clean clothes.