This started out as laundry powder, but then I started using it for other things, and it still hasn’t made it’s way into the washing machine. It’s too busy in the kitchen, melting away tea stains and blasting greasy pans from DIY projects clean. I always keep a bag or jar of it under the sink to add to especially dirty messes (it’s particularly awesome for getting beeswax-y grease off things when combined with boiling water).

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You’ll definitely want a food processor for this—you’ll be using both the shred and general chop functions. After that, you’ll need Borax, washing soda, and a bar of plain soap (like my cleaning soap). You can also use something like a bar of unscented Dr. Bronner’s soap.

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After that it’s just shredding and blending. You’ll end up with a medium mesh white powder. I spoon small amounts (a teaspoon or two) into the bottom of stained tea mugs or greasy saucepans, and add some boiling water. The powder will dissolve, and I’ll let it soak for a minute or two (or longer, if I forget it’s there). Then, scrub-a-dub-dub, and everything comes clean. Brilliant!

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My DIY Grease-Busting Cleaning Powder

1 (60g/2oz) bar plain bar soap
1½ cups washing soda
1 cup borax

Shred the bar of soap down using the shred attachment of your food processor.

Switch out the shredder attachment for the standard whirling-blade chopping attachment (you’ll have to transfer the soap shreds to a bowl to do this).

Place the soap shreds, washing soda, and borax back to the food processor and grind/blend everything together until you have a medium mesh powder (see my photos for a general idea). This generally takes a minute or two. You’re basically going for the finest powder you can get—my food processor wasn’t interested in producing anything finer.

To use, spoon small amounts of the powder into dirty pans, stained teapots, or anything else that could use a cleaning boost. Mix in some boiling water (fill things like teapots, but pots and pans generally don’t need to be filled—just dissolve the powder to create a bit of a paste and scrub away).

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