Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent ~ EASY No-grate version

Homemade liquid laundry detergent
When I started getting serious about getting as much for my dollar as possible I began researching homemade cleaners and what ingredients are used. I don't have to tell you how much the prices have skyrocketed on Laundry Detergents, even the less expensive brands are not so inexpensive. There are a lot of chemicals that goes into those store shelf products that have nothing to do with cleaning. In fact when it comes down to it your probably paying for the scent or the brand name.

Since I wasn't too fond of spending a lot of time grating soap to make the detergent, although there is nothing wrong with doing it that way, the first recipe I tried was a liquid no-grate laundry detergent. I love liquid laundry detergent vs the powder form. It's just my preference. I found this recipe on Pinterest. It came from a wonderful website I found called It's so easy to make I questioned whether or not it would really work.

I have used the recipe for about a month now and have no complaints. In fact my husband commented about how well it got some muddy dirt off of the knee of a pair of his jeans.You'll find this laundry detergent recipe to be very thin but it doesn't take away from its cleaning capabilities. I did tweak it a little bit though. To get started you will need a gallon container. ( a plastic milk jug works great!)

Original recipe
3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
2 Tablespoons Dawn dish soap  

Side note:Dawn is known for its grease cutting abilities.I did increase this amount to 3 Tablespoons and used the Dawn Ultra. 

What I did was mix the ingredients in an metal bowl and then poured 4 cups boiling water into it. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved in the liquid. Let liquid cool. Then I funneled it into a plastic gallon jug, otherwise your taking the chance on the boiling water melting your plastic jug. Then fill the jug almost to the top with cold water. The bubbles will overflow out of the bottle. Shake before each use as the ingredients tend to settle at the bottom.

So this recipe makes almost a gallon. Use about 1 cup for a full size load. For those of you who like a more concentrated version (which is what I like to use) just increase the ingredients to 1/2 cup each and use about 1/4 cup per load.

People who have used this recipe in HE machines say that it works perfectly fine since your homemade laundry detergents do not contain a manufactured sudsing agent such as sodium lauryl sulfate.


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  3. Thanks for posting. I've been looking for something that did not involve bar soap, and I swear by my Dawn. This is perfect!