Liquid Laundry Detergent
Follow these quick & simple steps for a deep clean at an affordable price! Try it with our Kirk’s Fragrance Free bar to eliminate fragrance for those with sensitive skin or fragrance allergies.
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 cup liquid castile soap
17 cups of water (just over a gallon)
10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)
- Dissolve the cup of borax and cup of washing soda in six cups of hot water. You can either heat cold water to a low boil on the stove, turn off the heat and add the two powders from measuring cups, or you could heat water in an electric kettle or in the microwave and then pour the boiling water over the powders.
- Stir until the dry ingredients are completely dissolved.
- Pour the mixture into a large bucket and add the castile soap.
- Mix together and then pour the soap mixture into your preferred container. If you’re using plastic containers, wait until the liquid has cooled first.
A two-gallon bucket is easiest to use because it gives you space to stir the homemade liquid laundry soap together without making a mess. But if you don’t have that size bucket, use a smaller container for the mixture and then add the difference in water amount directly to your detergent bottles.
As the homemade liquid laundry detergent sits, it may turn partly to gel. Give the container a good shake before you open it and that will break up any gel clumps. This detergent doesn’t make a lot of suds, so don’t worry if you don’t see sudsy water in your front-loading washer.
For stains, rub a little bit of the liquid detergent on the stained area before you throw it in the washer.