This is a great recipe that you can use to save money and help cut down on the chemicals you use around the house. It makes a beautiful creamy mixture. To make it even smoother you can mix it with a paddle mixer on a drill or in smaller batches with a stick blender. I just mix it up with a length of wood I had sitting around and its a bit chunky but still works great. It’s really worth a try – even if you only choose to use it on your towels and sheets! It will save you heaps of money!
Front loader friendly too!
Ingredients for Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
- 1 cup Borax (sodium borate) found in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets
- 1 cup Washing Soda (sodium carbonate) is available in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets
- A bar of natural and organic soap – I like to use a highly scented soap so the end result smells beautiful!
10 steps to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
- Ask your local bakery for a leftover 20 litre bucket with a lid. They might give it to you for free. Or you can purchase one from Bunnings.
- Grate the bar soap with a cheese grater or food processor.
- Put @17 litres of hot water into a 20 litre bucket. Dissolve the borax and washing soda in a separate 1 litre of hot water and add to the bucket of water. Stir to combine.
- In a large saucepan, heat 2 litres of water until simmering.
- Pour grated soap in and slowly stir until dissolved.
- Pour hot soap mixture into the 20 litre bucket and stir well.
- Put lid on tightly and leave overnight.
- The next day, remove lid and stir again.
- Pour into bottles and store with your washing machine.
- Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load, depending on how dirty the clothes are.
If you are concerned using Borax in this recipe and prefer not to use it, just add an extra 1/2 cup of washing soda in its place. Or you can also substitute it for 1 cup of Liquid Castille soap if you like.