Two years ago while standing in the laundry aisle of the supermarket compaining to my 2 month old baby about the price of the all essential laundry liquid I decided that I would try and make my own. Sure I had heard about it, but doubted it effectiveness and how easy it would be to make. Valid concerns for a mother of a baby who couldn't keep his clothes clean for longer than 30mins! Not to mention we used cloth nappies/diapers
I scoured the internet and found many recipes but this is the one I found to be the most effective and easy to make.
DIY Laundry LiquidTime: 20-30mins
Cost: less that $2 per 10L/quarts
What you need:
1C Soap flakes (I use lux flakes)
1/2C Washing soda
1/2 C Borax
Essential oil for scent (optional)
10+ litre capacity bucket
Enough containers to contain 10 litres/quarts of liquid
How To Do It
- In a saucepan put the soap flakes, borax, washing soda and 1.5L/quarts of water
- In the bucket measure out 8 litres/quarts of COLD water
- Add the soapy mixture to the bucket and mix well. The mixture will turn gel like. It as at this stage you can and your scents if you choose.
- For a average load of laundry use 1/4-1/2C of liquid.