This week our laundry detergent recipe is a liquid version. I've made a liquid castile soap detergent in the past, which is a naturally mild soap and great for those with sensitivities or for washing baby clothes, but it was too mild for my laundry needs.
Then I found this recipe that included washing soda, which is a great additive and combined with the castile soap makes for extra muscle to fight strong odors.
If you normally wash laundry using cold water, a dry detergent mix might not fully dissolve and could potentially clog things up. So a liquid version like this is a great option to have.
Here is the recipe compliments of Bren and her blog Brendid.com
LAUNDRY DETERGENT LIQUID WITH CASTILE SOAP
- Super Washing Soda – 7 oz (2/3 cup)
- Baking Soda - 1.5 oz (3 Tbsp)
- Liquid Castile soap – 1/2 cup, any scent –
- Water – 5 cups, divided
- Bring 5 cups of water to a boil.
- Pour washing soda into a large glass bowl then slowly stir in 2 cups of boiling water until washing soda is completely dissolved.
- Add one tablespoon of baking soda at a time and stir well to combine. The mixture will thicken as baking soda is added until it is a pudding-like texture.
- Stir in ½ cup Castile soap until well combined. Slowly stir in remaining 3 cups of boiling water.
- Cool to room temperature, the mixture will separate while cooling. (See separation in picture below.)
- Combine separated mixture by blending or whisking until smooth. (Tip: Pour the mixture into two quart size Mason jars before cooling then screw on a blender bottom to easily blend until smooth.)
- Store liquid detergent in a glass bottle. Use 1/3 cup per load of laundry
I'm two loads deep into my batch and I'm very happy with it. I've noticed the essential oils I added seem to carry over better than my dry detergent recipe.
If you link to Bren's blog you can see she even does a cost breakdown per load. I compared it to the price of ingredients I sell in the shop and am happy to report that it was very close. Mine was just slightly cheaper. (*Insert embarrassing celebratory dance here)
So if you're still searching for that perfect DIY laundry recipe, give this a shot and see how it measures up. Feel free to comment on your likes and gripes as well. I find myself reading comments a lot before I try a new recipe and it's extremely useful.
This will end our series of laundry related recipes this month. Stay tuned for the theme for November - - it is going to be a great challenge!