After the success of my liquid dish soap, especially popular with my husband, I decided to take the plunge into laundry detergent. It was really important for it to be a low suds kind of detergent, because we have one of those fancy High Efficiency front loaders. After some experimentation and tweaking of other recipes, I finally came up with something that would work for us.
What you’ll need:
- A bar of laundry soap (I used Sunlight, but Fels Naptha is pretty common too)
- 1/2 cup of Superwash (from Arm&Hammer)
- 1/2 cup of Borax
- a bucket (at least 2 gallon, preferably bigger)
- About 2 gallons of warm water
Start by grating about half a bar of your laundry soap. (If you’re into making your own soap, feel free to use that, it’s all good)
Once it’s completely melted and incorporated into the water, add the washing soda and borax, stir to dissolve.
While this dissolves, fill your bucket with a gallon plus 10 cups of warm water. I used a milk jug to measure, because it was easier than converting litres to gallons, and making all the proper measurements.
Once it’s thoroughly mixed, let it stand for 24 hours and it’s ready to use. We use about half a cup for a load. It’ll differ depending on your machine. If you use a bucket with a lid, just leave the soap in it, or you can pour it into smaller jugs.
It will get a bit viscous, but won’t turn into a solid mass. If it’s a bit too thick after 24 hours, add a bit more warm water and mix it up.
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