This mixture will keep you going for ages, it works just as well in cold or hot water, and can be used in front loaders as it doesn’t foam. It’s easy and relatively fast to make although it can be a bit gluggy, this will dissipate in the wash. For a budget version you can use good old Sunlight soap (as long as you’re not allergic to fragrance) instead of Dr Bronners Castile soap, you’ll still be doing a lot less harm to the environment than using commercial laundry detergents that contain an array of pollutants and allergens.
Adding eucalyptus essential oil to the recipe will give you a liquid that’s wonderful on woollens, merinos and delicates, just make sure you wash them on the most gentle cycle to keep the fibers in good shape. For babies clothes and anyone with super sensitive skin leave out the essential oil. If you’d like to add a softener the most natural effective option is to add 1/2 cup Wendyl’s Premium Baking Soda to your wash.
DIY Natural Laundry Liquid
½ bar (60g) grated Dr Bronners Baby Mild Castile Soap (Unscented) or Sunlight soap (if you or family do not have skin allergies)
1.5 litres of distilled water or cooled boiled rain water
½ cup Wendyl’s Premium Soda Ash (washing soda)
50g Wendyl’s Premium Borax
1 litre hot distilled water or boiled rain water
Place soap in a saucepan with the 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 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 ½ cup of mixture per load. It is easy to squeeze from the bottles as it is quite gluggy.
For a scented laundry liquid add about 20 drops lavender oil at the end before pouring into the bottles, or try eucalyptus oil, which is great for woollens.