Recipe of the Week – Laundry Detergent


Make your own liquid laundry detergent

I still love making up this detergent, it is so easy and it makes a bucketful which lasts forever. And I find it is so gentle on your clothes. I’ve had emails from women who get together over a few wines and make a batch, then split it up and take it home. So why not try this yourself this weekend?

Laundry Detergent

½ bar or 70g castile or vegetable-based or Sunlight soap, grated

1.5 litres water

½ cup washing soda

50g Wendyl’s Premium borax

1 litre hot water

Place soap in a saucepan with first quantity of water and heat on low until soap is dissolved. Stir in washing soda and Wendyl’s Premium borax. Stir for a few minutes until thickened and remove from heat. (If you’re using Castile or vegetable-based soap it won’t thicken straight away, but don’t worry, it will overnight in the bottles.) Add 1 litre of hot water to a bucket. Add soap mixture and mix well. Fill bucket with another 5 litres of hot water and mix well. Pour into old milk bottles or other containers and set aside for 24 hours or until mixture thickens. Use . cup of mixture per load. It is easy to squeeze from the bottles as it is quite gluggy.

For a nice fragrance add about 20 drops lavender oil at the end before pouring into the bottles, or try eucalyptus oil, which is great for woollens. You’ll need half a cup per average sized load.


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