My Search For A No-Grate Liquid Laundry Detergent
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!
The Easiest No-Grate Detergent Recipe
The original recipe called for Dawn dishwashing detergent and stated that it was great for grease stains. I wanted to keep mine a bit purer 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.
The ease of using a funnel and using my electric teapot to heat the water make this so nice. I love that I don’t have to turn my stove on and boiling water is ready in seconds. So I will be sticking with this recipe! Easy!!
- 3 Tbsp Borax
- 3 Tbsp Washing Soda
- 3 Tbsp Dawn Dish Detergent (or Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap)
- 4 cups Boiling water (water doesn't count as cooking, right?!:))
- Cold water
Measure 3 tablespoons borax and 3 tablespoons washing soda into a glass measure. I like to use one with a spout. Mix together well.
Using the 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.
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 1/2-1 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
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