I’ve been making my own homemade laundry detergent for a few years now. As much as I loved my powder laundry detergent AND my previous liquid laundry detergent, I grew tired of grating soap. When I saw a pin on Pinterest from One Good Thing from Jilly on No Grate Laundry Detergent, I clicked on it right away!
I could not believe how easy this recipe was, and you won’t either!
Add boiling water, do a little shimmy shake, and your DONE!
The original recipe called for Dawn dishwashing detergent and stated that it was great for grease stains. I wanted to keep mine a bit more pure and I had this Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap, so I decided to give it a try. I have been very, very pleased with the results. It washes just as well as my other homemade laundry detergents, but only takes a couple minutes to mix up. I used some old laundry detergent bottles I had saved from when I got tired of grating soap and bought detergent from Trader Joes. They are 1/2 gallon size and perfect for reusing over and over.
I like the ease of using a funnel and using my electric teapot to heat the water. I love that I don’t have to turn my stove on and boiling water is ready in seconds. I will be sticking with this recipe! Easy!!
NO COOK NO GRATE
LIQUID HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT
3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
3 Tablespoons Dawn Dish Detergent OR Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap
4 cups boiling water (water doesn’t count as cooking, right?!:))
Measure 3 tablespoons borax and 3 tablespoons washing soda into a glass measure. I like to use on with a spout. Mix together well. Using funnel, pour into 1 gallon jug, Add 3 tablespoons soap. Add 4 cups boiling water. Swirl mixture around gently, or mix with a spoon. Then fill to the top with cold water. It will bubble up and it will also be quite runny.
*2 half gallon jug directions: Measure 3 tablespoons borax & 3 tablespoons washing soda in a 4 cup pyrex glass measure. Mix. Add 2 cups boiling water. Mix. Add 3 Tablespoons soap. Mix. Divide this mixture evenly into each 1/2 gallon jug, using a funnel. Add 1 more cup of boiling water to each jug. Fill each jug to the top with cold water and gently turn upside down & right side up to combine.
***DO NOT vigorously shake, as people in the comments have been burned when the steam produced too much pressure when they took the lid off.
Use 1/2 cup-1 cup per load depending on how large and how soiled the load is.
It is not a sudsy detergent, and comments in original post say it is fine for HE washers.
Makes 1 gallon