This month we thought we would share a recipe so that you can make your own washing liquid or powder using Kochii Eucalyptus Oil.

DIY washing liquid is highly cost effective and gentle on clothes, using Kochii Oil also brings a healthy yet powerful disinfectant to your wash.

Please be aware that the following recipes are DIY, and as such may differ between  each maker and each batch always spot test before use to make sure its suitable for your clothes and washing machine.

DIY Kochii Oil washing liquid

Ingredients

  • 10 Litre bucket with lid
  • 1 Bar of Kochii soap
  • 50 drops of Kochii eucalyptus oil
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • ½ cup Lectric soda powder or similar  washing soda
  • 9-10L of water

Method

Place the cup of borax and washing soda in the bucket with 2 litres of water, stir to combine. Grate the bar of soap and add it to a saucepan, add a cup of water and stir over medium heat until the soap melts (stir regularly). Add the soap mixture to the bucket  together  with 50 drops of Kochii oil. Fill the bucket with water (leave a bit of space at the top) and stir. Leave to set over night with a fastened lid. Use roughly ¼- 1/2 cup per load depending on size.

DIY Kochii washing powder

Ingredients

  • Airtight container
  • 1 bar of Kochii soap
  • 2 cups of Lectric soda powder or similar washing soda
  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • 30 drops of Kochii eucalyptus oil (recommend using a dropper bottle for this recipe)

Method

Add the Lectric soda and the baking  soda to a large mixing bowl and stir. Finely grate the soap bar and add to the bowl. Stir well and continue to stir while adding Kochii oil until completely mixed. Store in an airtight container such as a large jar. Use about two heaped tablespoons per load.

We’ve had bushfires, we’ve had floods, and now we’ve had a pandemic. When things get tough, Australians love showing their support for each other by spending their hard earned dollars locally – locally grown and locally produced – and they call upon the little green and gold kangaroo logo to show them the way.

When a product carries the “Australian Made”, “Product of Australia” or “Grown in Australia” logo they all say Australian but mean very different things. So, what do each of these titles mean, and why are they not all the same thing?

  • Australian Made means that the product has undergone its last substantial transformation in Australia.
  • Australian Grown means that all of the product’s significant ingredients have been grown in Australia and all/nearly all of the processing has been carried out in Australia.
  • Product of Australia means that all of the product’s significant ingredients come from Australia and all/nearly all of the manufacturing or processing has been carried out in Australia

As a consumer, this information is helpful to you in making purchasing decisions. 

If a product has the “Australian Made” logo on it, you may well assume that it is a wholly Australian made product.   This is not entirely correct as only the last part of the process needs to have taken place in Australia. It is possible that a significant portion of the ingredients could have been sourced from overseas and or part of the processing as well.

The “Australian Grown” and “Product of Australia” logos are more significant for those looking to purchase locally grown and produced as they are only granted when nearly all of the ingredients and processing has taken place in Australia.

One thing you can be sure of though, all of these badges are licenced so can only be used on products where the criteria has been met.    

Kochii Eucalyptus Oil is licensed as Australian Grown and as a Product of Australia, giving you peace of mind in knowing that when you buy Kochii you are supporting an Australian producer and manufacturer as our oil is harvested in the wheatbelt and distilled and bottled in the small WA town of Kalannie. How Aussie is that!

Many people are confused as to why a natural, medicinal product such as eucalyptus oil needs to be labeled as a poison. We have penned this blog to explain this in detail, and to assure you that as long as Kochii Eucalyptus Oil is used correctly (as with any product), it poses no threat.

Paracelsus (1493-1541) the Swiss physician whose radical ideas influenced the development of medicine wrote “all things are poisons. It is only the dose which make a thing poison“.  Even water and salt which are normally harmless may cause illness or death if taken in excess.

Eucalyptus oil is a highly concentrated liquid and needs to be diluted for all of its major uses. If ingested in large amounts, Eucalyptus oil can be harmful.

Currently, Australia is the only country in the world that requires a product containing more than 25% eucalyptus oil to be labelled as a poison, and to have a child-lock cap. Products containing less than 25% eucalyptus oil do not need to adhere to the aforementioned.

Eucalyptus oil is often added to cough lozenges, cough syrups, toothpastes, mouth wash and in some cases to food. Diluted in small quantities it can be ingested safely in fact, the The German Commission E Monograph for eucalyptus oil recommends a daily oral dose of 300–600 mg, and 5–20% oil with a base of vegetable oil or paraffin for dermal applications https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/eucalyptus-oil. It’s important to keep in mind that Kochii has a much higher cineole concentrate than most eucalyptus oils so we do not recommend ingesting in it’s pure form.

In Australia, there have been no reported deaths linked to eucalyptus oil poisoning in over 50 years. Whereas common household products such as paracetamol, oil of wintergreen and methyl salicylate have proven to be much more dangerous.

Kochii, by law needs to label all products over 25ml as poison but please know, the product itself is natural, medicinal and very safe as long as it’s used correctly.

And by the way eucalyptus oil is also flammable so store it safely to prevent accidents of any kind.

One of the most common uses for eucalyptus oil is cleaning. The active ingredient to look for when using eucalyptus oil is cineole. The higher the cineole concentrate, the more efficient the cleaner. It’s important to look for products that contain over 70% cineole concentrate. Kochii contains between 90%-95% cineole. Sadly, although Eucalypts are an Australian tree, only 5% of eucalyptus production happens within Australia. Currently China produces the majority of the worlds supply. Conversely, Kochii is 100% grown and produced in Australia (Western Australia to be precise).   

Here are some of the key benefits of using Kochii for cleaning; 

  • Non toxic for our drains, waterways, sinks, toilets,  
  • Proven disinfectant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral  properites, disinfectant, expectorant , 
  • Environmentally friendly cleaner,  
  • Highly suitable for people with allergies and asthma,  
  • Has a long shelf life,  
  • Mixes well with other products to enhance cleaning properties.  
  • Has a wonderful scent that brings the outdoors into your home or office 

Unsure of where to start with Kochii? Here’s a list of ways to clean using our oil; 

  • Make your own miracle spray and use it as a multiple purpose cleaner (find the recipe here), 
  • Make a disinfectant for floors/ toilets, use 1 litre of water with 50mls of eucalyptus oil, mix and store as you would a normal disinfectant cleaner,  
  • Use straight Kochii oil to remove adhesive or gum, 
  • Add a tsp of Kochii to your washing for ani-microbial benefits 
  • Use kochii to clean stainless steal,  
  • Kochii can be used as a toilet cleaner, floor cleaner, bathroom cleaner, bench top cleaner,  
  • Use in your vacuum filter (couple of drops), 
  • Wipe Kochii throughout draws and cupboards to prevent and remove moths and silverfish,  
  • Use Kochii oil to disinfect children’s toys (a little oil in warm water),  
  • Use as a stain remover on fabric/ carpet (see miracle spray) always spot test first.  

Whatever the use you will be left with the natural scent of the Australian bush in your home. 

These are just some of the many ways to clean with Kochii, but we’ve only scratched the surface and would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below on how you have used Kochii for cleaning.