Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Post by lifeflavoredlemonade » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:41 pm

I've been making my own laundry detergent for about 7 years now. It took me a few tries to get the recipe just right but I wanted to share it with you. There are only 2 of us (my daughter and I) so I don't always have a ton of laundry to do. With this recipe I am able to make an entire year's worth of laundry detergent for only $10! :D
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:


½ Cup Borax
½ Cup Washing Soda – NOT BAKING SODA
½ Cup of Ultra Dawn Dish Soap

Using a funnel, add the ingredients a gallon jug.

Add approx. 4 or 5 cups of hot water. The hotter the better but don’t melt the jug.

Swish the ingredients in the water gently. This will help the borax and washing soda dissolve. It will get a little sudsy and that’s okay. Leave the mixture to cool to room temperature. If you can let it cool overnight, that is what I recommend, but if you are in a hurry and need it same day, let it cool for at least an hour or two.

Once it’s cooled, add cold water slowly (you want to create as few bubbles as possible) until the water has reached the top (maybe ½ inch below the top).

Use 1/3 cup per large load. If you feel you need more, you can always use 1/2 cup per load but I wouldn’t recommend using any more than that.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Post by colonialgirl » Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:42 pm

HI Laura,

Thank you for this recipe. We have had many here over the years but all involve grating bar soap which I was never going to do, so this is one I am going to try. i was over reading on your blog as well which I enjoyed.

But I have a question for you. You said not to use Dawn with bleach unless you are washing whites. Does this mean all purpose liquid bleach as well? i always add a little of that to almost all loads for bacterial control and to eliminate odor. But if I try the detergent, I should not use it, right? Also do you use it in all temperatures?

And BTW, welcome to the forum!

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