going off the griddle

purposeful living guidebook

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

One household item I hate to buy is laundry detergent because it is so darn expensive and it’s a pain to load & unload from the store aisle to the shopping cart, then from the shopping cart to the check out aisle, then back into the cart, out to the parking lot & into your car, then out of the car into the home. Not to mention the trip from my home to the landfill….call me lazy, but I want to do less of this in my life.


Sure, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not that big of a deal to spend $20, do some hauling here & there, and then just throw away the container when you are done…but everytime I have to pay almost 20 of my hard earned dollars for laundry detergent, I get a little sad.  

Finally, I looked up recipes for DIY Liquid Laundry detergent & was happy to find so many people who feel the same way.  There is one common recipe out there that is so simple, that so many people endorse, that I had to try it. Lo & behold, it works like a charm.  

 Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent


  • water
  • 1 bar of soap [any kind will do]
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1cup washing soda
  • essential oil fragrance



  1. In a food processor, grate 1 bar of soap **You can also use a good old fashioned cheese grater if you don’t have a dedicated food processor. I highly recommend having a “kit” for DIY Health & Beauty & household cleaning products once you are committed to living this lifestyle – the kit would definitely include a food processor. This bad boy grated 1 bar of soap in less than 1 minute & no bloody knuckles!**
  2. Bring 4 cups water to boil with 1 bar of grated soap, simmer until all soap is dissolved.
  3. Once the soap is completely dissolved, pour the mixture into a 5 gallon bucket [I got mine from a hardware store].
  4. Add 1 Cup Borax [laundry aisle] & 1 Cup washing soda [cleaning aisle]
  5. stir all ingredients until well combined
  6. Add enough hot tap water to fill the bucket 4 inches from the top edge.
  7. Add a few drops of essential oil / fragrance of your choice or leave unscented if you are sensitive to smells
  8. Cover with lid & let set for 24 hours
  9. After 24 hours, you will have a gel-like laundry detergent
  10. use 1/2 cup per wash.



My first load of wash using this recipe was socks, underwear, towels & gym clothes – stinky & dirty. It all came out clean & fresh smelling without strong perfume smells. This recipe is a keeper – it definitely removes dirt & odors from clothing.

Just so you know, this is a low sudsing detergent. At first I was afraid my clothes wouldn’t come clean & would smell funky because I didn’t see one sud during the entire wash cycle. (Yes, I watched the laundry through the front loader window!) But don’t fret, it’s cleaning as you watch.

And last but not least, as with all other detergents, if you get a stain, pre-treat that bugger before throwing it in with a load of wash. You can’t expect miracles from this, just savings & the happiness you feel when you try something new & like it : )











Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on May 28, 2014 by in Uncategorized.
%d bloggers like this: