Natural Liquid Laundry Wash For Woollens


Make your own liquid laundry wash for woollens/delicates

I still love making up this liquid, it is so easy and it makes a bucketful which lasts for quite a long time.  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?

Natural Liquid Laundry Wash For Woollens

½ bar or 70g Castile or vegetable-based or Sunlight soap, grated (you can find both liquid and bar Castile soaps in our online store)

1.5 litres water

½ cup Wendyls Premium Soda Ash (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 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 quite as much but it will still work).

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 1/2 cup of mixture per load. If really thick give the bottle a shake and squeeze.

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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    1. Sorry we don’t have another recipe without borax as it’s necessary for this recipe to work.

      Borax, otherwise known as sodium tetraborate, is a boron mineral and salt that’s mined directly from the ground, it’s highly alkaline.

      Borax and Boric acid are often confused … Boric Acid (which is toxic) is produced when borax is reacted with another acid (like sulfuric or hydrochloric acid). The result is an acid structure (pH of 5.0), rather than alkaline, as borax is (9.3 pH)

    1. Hi Maria, we have a new process to blend the liquid so it’s not as gluggy, it’s still the same recipe and will work just as well 🙂

  1. Hi I made the above recipe yesterday and it is very thick more like a gel consistency than a liquid. Did I do something wrong?

    1. Hi Toni, what hard Castile soap did you use, that can make a difference. You can add more water to the mixture if it’s too thick – however it will be quite gluggy, you need to shake/stir it before use.

  2. Hi there. I have made this recipe from Wendyl’s most recent book. I love it!
    However. ….. I have also read that long term use isn’t good for the modern washing machine and my towels are beginning to smell. Apparently soap as a detergent isn’t good?
    What would you advise as I’m really disappointed that this may not work long term.

    1. Hi Michelle, this recipe is actually for woollens and delicates. It’s not the best to use on towels, natural laundry powder is fantastic for those (and most clothes that aren’t wool) This post is very old, I’ll update it now with the correct information. I’ve not ever heard of natural laundry liquid being bad for your washing machine?

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