Witchy Home Hints: Florida Water Laundry Detergent

For those of you who don’t know what Florida Water is, or how it is used in magic, please see here:


This is a project I did a few days ago.

I experimented with making my own Florida water about a year ago, and when I was going through my supply cabinet this week in noticed I was down to my last cup (I made a LOT), and being a year old I thought i should use it up.

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent on and off for a couple of years, and I like to add oils and waters to it for different effects e.g. for banishing unhealthy influences I might use eucalyptus oil, if everyone is a bit grumpy or having trouble sleeping I might use lavender. This Florida water version should have a nice calming and peaceful effect on my household. You could use any kind of spiritual supply water or cologne depending on what effects you want.

Florida Water Laundry Detergent
Makes approx 10 ltrs

1 bar of finely grated laundry soap.
1 cup washing soda (sodium carbonate)
1 cup Florida Water cologne (to be honest, how much you use will depend on how strong your brand is)
Laundry bluing or blue colouring

Take a large pot and put 2 ltrs of hot water in it. Add grated soap and washing soda. Heat over a low to medium heat stirring occasionally until soap and soda are melted.

Add a further 8 ltrs of cold water. You may need to do this in a bucket if your pot isn’t big enough.

Now you can add your Florida water and bluing.  Adding the fragrance after the cold water is important, because hot water will cause the essential oils to evaporate. 20170410_141522

Laundry bluing is an optical brighter. This means that it makes colours appear whiter and brighter to the eye by dying the fabric with a very light blue. Dont be afraid, your commercial laundry detergent already does this, and the effect wears off over time. That’s why your clothes start looking dingy as soon as you switch to a cheap detergent.

Bluing also has a long history in magic which you can read about, here:


Then you can decant into bottles. If you would like you can create a variety of clothes washes for different purposes e.g. love and passion wash for your bed sheets, luck wash for your gambling clothes, success wash for job interview clothes, protection wash for school clothes etc. All you do is omit the Florida water and add a different fragrance to each bottle. Be sure to label them as you go or you may get some interesting results!

Use a half a cup per load.


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