A liquid laundry detergent recipe that is Eco friendly, safe and economical is just a few short steps away. If you read my other article about why I choose to use a homemade laundry detergent, you may have been searching for laundry alternatives that don’t have all of those harsh chemicals in them already. Chances are you have been looking, but you also found that many are quite expensive to buy, or aren’t always available at the store each time you need it. My experience has been that the more popular brands of standard laundry detergent never seem to be absent from the range due to their popularity, but those that are labeled Eco friendly and safe, never seem to get replenished as quickly.
It’s Both Cheap And Easy!
This isn’t so great if you are trying to live a green lifestyle but have washing to do. With this recipe, never be caught short for laundry detergent again. For a fraction of the cost of a bottle of laundry liquid, when you buy the ingredients, there will be enough for up to 4 batches to be made. Simply replace your ingredients after 4th batch has been made and you will be able to make a new one next time you run out. Be aware that this recipe does require standing overnight, if you remember this and make it ahead of the time you will be needing to use it, you will always be prepared.
What You Will Need – Nothing Too Complex Here
- A 10 litre (2.5 – 3 gallons) bucket with a lid (I use my father’s old wine making tub)
- A measuring cup and measuring jug
- A wooden spoon
- Laundry soap (I found this in the laundry aisle in the supermarket, a box contains 4 cakes of soap)
- Lectric Washing Soda (Again I found this in the aisle for laundry items)
- warm water (you will be partially filling the bucket with this)
Some people have been known to use borax with this recipe, but I am still undecided about the safety of borax and so I choose to avoid it instead.
It Is Very Easy To Make – Takes About 10 Minutes
- Grate 1/2 to 1 whole cake of soap and put aside
- Put 3 litres of water into a large stock pot or saucepan and bring to boil
- While waiting for water to boil pour 7 litres of warm water, not too hot, into the 10 litre bucket
- When the water is boiled turn down the heat to a simmer
- Place the grated soap into the water in the pot on the stove and stir until the soap is dissolved, stirring all the time, do not allow to boil over otherwise it will be messy.
- Then Pour 1 cup of Lectric soda into the pot and stir until you can’t feel the grittiness anymore and it’s dissolved
- Take the pot off the heat and being careful not to burn or scald yourself, slowly pour the mixture into the bucket of warm water
- Stir with the wooden spoon
- Place the lid on tightly
- Wait 24 hours, the mixture will have cooled and turned into a gel. It’s now ready to use. Scoop 1 cup of gel and place into washing machine as per usual. Wash as normal.
What Can I Do To Make It Smell Even Fresher?
If you find you would like to add a little fragrance, you can add essential oils to the mixture. Wait an hour or so until it cools down a little, prior to it settling into a gel and then take off the lid. Stir in a few drops of essential oils.
You may have to play around with the quantities of drops of oil. Some companies, such as the one I use, have very potent oils and you would not need as much as what you might use if you bought an essential oil from a chemist, supermarket, cheap variety store, health food store or other aromatherapy standard essential oils.
Find A Good Company
My personal favourites are Lemon, Lavender, Thieves or Purification. The latter 2 are proprietary blends of the company I buy my oils from. I might suggest 5 – 10 drops of oil to begin with and work with the resulting strength of smell from there.
If you have any really strong odours in your washing, you may like to add some white vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machine to remove them.
Is This Cost Effective Like Promised?
The answer to this question is yes, very much so. I find that even buying a cheaper laundry detergent, I still might spend nearly $10 a week on getting the laundry done and then there is the added disadvantage that it is not helping the environment if I don’t choose wisely enough. I can buy a packet of the laundry soap for around $2.00 AUD and the Lectric soda for around $4.00. I only need 1 cup of Lectric soda, which leaves another 3 cups in the packet, and only 1 cake of soap, leaving 3 still in the packet.
$1.50 per 10 Litres
This means it only costs around $1.50 AUD to make one whole 10 litre bucket of detergent, that might last me one month. So for $6.00 I have now bought 4 months worth of laundry detergent. I’d say that’s a win win situation, win for your pocket, and win for the environment.
Are There Other Options?
If you are struggling with time and would find it too difficult to use this recipe and make it yourself, you might consider using the most earth friendly liquid you can find. I personally have used this company for purchasing laundry detergents that are safe, and also the company I use for my oils also produce a washing liquid. Try checking out their safe washing powders or liquids, but you will pay a bit more for it than at the store.
Check Out What Other Eco-Friendly Options There Are
There are also laundry balls, soap nuts and other options (see below for details), that are Eco friendly and available to buy online or in a store, and while they may be expensive to start with, they are well worth the investment because it works out to be cheaper in the long run.
I hope you enjoy making your new liquid laundry detergent recipe that is eco friendly, safe and economical. If you enjoyed reading this article please share it with others so that they too can help to save our environment and keep our planet sustainable. If you have any problems, comments or questions, feel free to mention them in the comments section below.
Until next time
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