Make Your Own Liquid Laundry Detergent

Monday, February 04, 2013

I know a lot of people make their own powdered laundry detergent on the cheap. But, I have never seen a "recipe" for liquid laundry detergent.  I guess your either a powder or liquid type person? I don't know what I am- WAIT I do- I like SIMPLE and this is insanely easy.

I have tested this out already. We went through our first gallon and I am pleasantly happy. Our clothes are coming clean and that is what matters.  I haven't noticed any difference from store bought detergent.  The initial supplies cost $12.  Based on the recipe I think I can make like 1,000 gallon bottles of this stuff.  

I think I can tie this back to my "7" experiment.  We are consuming/buying much less and this feels pretty "green".

Liquid Detergent

 

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

3 Tablespoons Borax

3 Tablespoons Washing Soda

2 Tablespoons Dawn Dish Soap.  (Dawn dish soap is a key ingredient as it is the best on grease!)

Optional: Add a few drops of essential oil.

Directions

Add these ingredients to a large measuring cup (at least 4 cups) or into something you can pour easily into your previously used and now empty gallon + laundry jug. 

Pour in 4 cups of boiling water.

Stir to combine until the ingredients are well dissolved. Let it cool.

Pour into your gallon + jug and fill with about 12 more cups of water.  You may have bubbles that overflow depending on the size of jug used.  No worries just do it in a sink. 

To Use:

The detergent is very watery.  I generally only do LARGE loads of laundry so I use about 1 cup of detergent.  Smaller loads would obviously use less, probably around 1/2 cup. 


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5 comments:

  1. Woohoo, welcome to the easy cheap laundry soap club, its amazing isn't it! For some reason I always thought the liquid detergents sounded so much harder than the powder. Silly me, congrats and enjoy!!!

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  2. I've always wanted to try making detergent for my family. Thank you for sharing a recipe that sounds easy AND one that words well. I already use Dawn on grease spots and it works great!
    Blessings!

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  3. I needed this! I tried a recipe a few years back and was not happy with it. Excited to try this! THANK YOu!!

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  4. Thanks for the info! I wonder if this works in HE washers. I know with HE washers you only have to use two tablespoons per load.

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  5. Amy I did read that it was working for folks using HE washers! The original post talks about HE washers and there are some comments in the string. Good Luck!

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