I have been making homemade laundry liquid for a few years now; I originally got the recipe from Down to Earth which is full of wonderful homemaking tips and ideas. Over the years I’ve tweaked the recipe a little so I’ll share my method with you. This laundry liquid is a great money saver; you can make about nine litres for under $3. You only use about ½ cup per wash so nine litres will last a long time. The process will take about 15 minutes per batch. I keep all the equipment I need in a plastic tub in my laundry and usually make a second batch while I have all the ingredients and equipment out. The savings you can make over a year are quite substantial for a small time investment. This laundry liquid will not make bubbles in the machine, but it will clean your clothes perfectly well, the suds and bubbles in commercial cleaners are made from chemical additives which are not necessary for cleaning.
I store my laundry liquid in used 2 litre juice containers and leave a little head room so you can shake the contents before use. I have found that by using a stick blender in the final stages of the process, I get a lovely smooth liquid. Stirring with a large spoon will work but contents might be a bit lumpy however it will still work just as well, just shake the bottle before use. This is a great way to get your feet wet with homemade cleaners, and the savings you can make are huge. The ingredients are available at supermarkets in the laundry isle and will cost you about $13 that will be enough to make several batches, probably well over a years supply!
- 1 ½ litres water
- 1 cup soap flakes (I use Lux)
- ¾ cup washing soda (not baking soda)
- ¾ cup borax
- Place water and soap flakes into a medium saucepan
- Stir over medium heat until soap is dissolved
- Take off heat
- Add washing soda and stir gently until combined
- Add borax and stir gently until combined
- Continue to stir until granules are mostly dissolved
- ¼ fill a ten litre bucket with cold water
- Pour soap mix into water in bucket and stir (or blend with stick blender)
- Add more cold water to bucket and stir (or blend with stick blender)
- Continue until bucket is almost full
- Transfer laundry liquid into recycled plastic bottles, I use a plastic jug to ladle from the bucket
Voila there you have it! You are on your way to serious savings!