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This time I thought I would share a recipe for a laundry liquid that is not only gentle on our skin and clothes but also very very economical.


You may have already come across this recipe.
The ingredients are:


1 cup soap – grated or flaked
(I use Lux Flakes)

½ cup washing soda
(the powder not the crystals)

½ cup borax



Put all of the above ingredients in a saucepan and add 1 ½ litres of water.


Put the saucepan on the stove and heat the mixture.


Stir until all the ingredients are completely dissolved and then remove the saucepan from the heat.


I do all of that in the kitchen, and then I take the saucepan into the laundry.


Get a large container – a bucket or tub that holds at least 10 litres.


Fill the container with 8 litres of cold water.


Add the hot soapy mixture and stir.


It is as easy as that.

As the mixture cools it will turn into a gel.


Then gather some containers and pour the mixture in.


Just note that the gel gets quite thick and so you will need to ensure that you use a wide mouthed container or leave enough room in the container to allow you to shake it well before you use it.

It is suggested to add about ¼ cup of this liquid to your machine for a good wash and it is also fine to use in a cold water wash.


The cost works out to approximately $1.75 for ten litres.


In some on-line discussions it was said that some people notice their whites getting a little greyish after using homemade liquids for a while.

However I haven’t noticed this but I do add a small amount of Napisan liquid in with my “whites”.