My HE washer is supposedly optimized for liquid detergent but I’ve always been against liquid for various reasons–mostly the environment. I learned about the homemade laundry detergent I use from One Good Thing by Jillee and since I’ve used several of her solutions with success I thought I’d try her DIY liquid laundry detergent recipe to see what I thought of it.
I imagined making it was going to be a long, complicated process. Why do I assume that about so many things? It turns out that it’s ridiculously simple formula.
Homemade Liquid Laundry DetergentThis recipe will wash 16 to 32 loads of laundry, depending on how much you use.Ingredients
- 3 Tablespoons Borax
- 3 Tablespoons washing soda
- 2 Tablespoons Dawn dishwashing liquidInstructions
- Put these ingredients into a one gallon jug.
- Pour 4 cups boiling water into the jug.
- Swirl until the liquid dissolves all the ingredients.
- Let the liquid cool and fill almost to the top of the gallon jug with cold water.
- Use ½ to 1 cup per load (depending on how dirty your laundry is).
I wasn’t particularly overwhelmed when I opened the washer after doing the first load with it but I think it was because the fragrance was lighter than the powdered detergent. Everything was very clean and smelled fresh though, and that’s what matters!. I guess it’s like any other time when I’ve changed detergent–I had to get used to it.
I was a little thrown by how simple it was–three ingredients besides water. All the ingredients are already being flushed through my plumbing so I’m not adding any new chemicals to the water system.
The bottom line is that this is another homemade detergent that is very inexpensive, easy to make, easy on the environment, and it does the job. I didn’t calculate the price because I already had Borax and Dawn in the house. A box of washing soda is 55 ounces and one batch of detergent uses just more than one ounce. Same idea for the Borax and the Dawn. I don’t know–you do the math–it’s cheap.
What’s not to like? I’ve been using it and everything seems to be coming out great!
My Lesson? I can use both powdered and liquid laundry detergent! I’ve never stocked both until now, so I feel kinda . . . fancy! Delicates might do better and last longer with the liquid . . . maybe? I know I’ll wash jeans and towels with the powdered. Oh, laundry . . .
Let me know what you think of this liquid recipe if you use it. I’d love to know!