I adapted my popular washing powder recipe to create this liquid laundry detergent version, purely for those of you who have machines that don’t take
It’s a slightly messier and longer process to make and I personally prefer the powder (but my machine takes either). In saying that, this is a great liquid that produces great results.
In fact, I can’t tell the difference in results between powder/liquid. And with no soap suds, this formula is suitable for front and top loader washing machines.
Makes: 6.9 lt | 1.8 gal Prep time: < 5 min.
1.2 lt | 40.6 fl oz Soapberry Master Stock
4.5 lt | 1.2 gal hot water (see recipe notes)
2 cups | 520 g | 18.3 oz sodium carbonate (washing soda)
2 cups | 440 g | 15.5 oz borax
1 cup | 280 g | 9.9 oz fine salt
2-3 drops of essential oils (optional, per use)
My choice of essential oils…
My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and
- Make a batch of Soapberry Master Stock. Don’t allow it to cool.
- Pour hot master stock and hot water into a bucket and mix until combined.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix until powdered ingredients have dissolved.
- Transfer into
Pour approximately 1 cup of liquid directly into
Want to ditch the borax?
While I am comfortable using natural borax for cleaning applications (check out this blog post), you might prefer to avoid it. If so, just leave it out – simple. I don’t notice a difference in cleaning results.
- If you are unable to make the Soapberry Master Stock, substitute it with 2 cups | 280 g | 9.9 oz fine soap powder and 1 lt | 33.8 fl oz hot water, dissolved. Note that this will result in a much thicker, gel-like liquid, which you can dilute further with water if required. I recommend sourcing the purest laundry soap you can find – check the ingredients panels and watch for fragrance especially. I use pure coconut soap
powder,or castile soap powder. If you are buying soap in a block, make sure it is milled to a very fine consistency.
- While I am comfortable using natural borax for cleaning applications, you might prefer to avoid it. If so, just leave it out – simple. If you’re after an extra cleaning boost, add 1 tablespoon of sodium percarbonate per load.
- I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading”