1) Environmentally friendly
2) Perfect for sensitive skin
3) Simple Ingredients
4) Customizable scents, or scent-free! (also liquid or powder options)
6) A great gift idea! (store in mason jars and tie with a pretty ribbon & label)
Ingredients for liquid laundry soap:
1/2 cup borax (look in the laundry soap isle of your grocery store)
1/2 cup washing soda (I bought a 2kg bag from Well.ca for $7! )
1 cup grated soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s pure castille soap in ‘Rose’, it’s subtle yet fresh smelling)
7 litres of water and large bucket (10+ litre bucket)
Optional: 10- 20 drops essential oil (essential oils have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties). I skipped this ingredient as I use naturally scented soaps, however, you could use both if you wish.
Fill a pot fill with 2 litres of water
Add soap shavings, stir, and bring to a boil (shavings will dissolve)
While mixture is boiling, add borax and washing soda to your bucket
Fill your bucket half full of hot tap water and stir
When soap mixture is ready add it to your pail and top up pail with more water. Stir. Add essential oils last if using. Stir. Let cool
You can store the mixture in the pail and scoop out 1/2 cup per large load or pour solution into containers — reuse your laundry soap container for example. OR use wide mouth 1 litre mason jars, which is what I do. Jars for EVERYTHING.
The soap will become a gelatinous mixture and some liquid will separate, which is normal. This liquid soap works very well in both cold and hot cycles.
Whites need a boost? Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your wash
Have an HE machine? Use about 1/4 cup per large load
Have hard water? Add more washing soda.
This makes A LOT of liquid detergent, making it only pennies per load – super cost efficient!
Grate the bar soap
In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired)
Store in mason jar or any container with a lid. Large tupperware containers or recycled detergent pod containers work very well for this dry detergent as well.
Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry