Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
There’s a millions different recipes out there for liquid soaps, and I think the one that works best for you will depend on your family’s needs, and your water type. This one works best for us, though I do use an alternative one for cloth diapers.
Because my baby has very sensitive skin, and cannot tolerate castile soap well, I save his clothes to wash all together and then I give them an additional rinse after a full wash.
- 1 bar castile soap, grated
- 2 cups washing soda
- 2 cups borax powder
- Essential oil of choice to make it smell nice!
Step 1. Grate the soap and put it in big pot. I use an old canning pot that I had.
Step 2. Add 1 quart of boiling water to the soap in the pot and stir over a medium high heat until the soap has melted.
Step 3. Add three more quarts of hot water.
Step 4. Add the washing soda and the borax and whisk until it is dissolved.
Step 5. Your resulting detergent will be kind of cloudy and fairly thin. Leave overnight to gel.
Step 6. Whisk to break up any clots. Pour into old detergent bottles and add essential oils as required.
I find an old canning funnel fits really well into the neck of the detergent bottles!
Step 7. Label with the name of the essential oil if you make several different kinds.
I actually make three different kinds when I pour into jugs, and use them for different kinds of laundry. The first I add Lavender Essential Oil to, and I use this for everyday laundry for the whole family. To the second, I add Cedarwood oil, and I use this to wash the dogs’ beds and towels, because fleas don’t like cedar. To the third, I add Tea Tree Oil, and I use this to wash cleaning cloths and other things that I feel need disinfecting. I will usually wash towels in this one, too.
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