Have you ever thought of making laundry detergent at home? It’s a great way to save money and protect your hands from the harmful chemicals. Generally, detergents (that are available in the market) are laden with artificial scents, sulphates, phenols, and petroleum distillates. Preparing DIY homemade liquid laundry detergent is easy and will cost just a few bucks. You can give it the fragrance of your choice and can pick and select the ingredients that suit your skin type. Here are some quick recipes for making your own skin-friendly and biodegradable liquid laundry detergent.
1. Borax Laundry Detergent
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You just need 3 ingredients to prepare this detergent – bar soap, borax, and washing soda. You can easily find these ingredients in your home. All you need to do is grate a bar soap, and put it in 2 quarts of water. Heat the water until the soap gets dissolved. Now, take a 5-gallon bucket and fill 4.5 gallons hot water in it. Mix 1 cup each of washing soda and borax in it. Add soap mixture in this bucket and stir well. Let it stay overnight. Empty it into any container or jug. For one load, use ½ – 1 cup.
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2. Castile / Naphtha / Ivory Bar Soap Laundry Detergent
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To make your own liquid laundry detergent, grate the bar soap (castile / naphtha / ivory soap) with the help of the cheese grater. Take a big pot, fill it half with water and bring it to boil. Add the shredded soap to the water pot and allow it to boil. When the soapy mixture becomes smooth, add washing powder into it. A small reaction will occur, probably with a pop sound and the entire mixture would bubble up. Put the wooden spatula over the boiling pot so that the soap mixture does not bubble up. Now, add borax powder and allow it to simmer. Stir continuously and when the soapy mixture becomes smooth, turn off the flame. Take a 5-gallon bucket and fill it half with hot water. Pour the soapy mixture in it and add 30-35 drops of any essential oil. Stir well. Close the lid of the bucket and let it sit for 24 hours. The texture of this mixture will become smooth. Detergent is ready to be used. Use 1 – 2 cups of this liquid detergent per load.
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3. Homemade Liquid Detergent with Baking Soda
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Take 12 cups of borax powder, 8 cups of baking soda, 8 cups each of washing powder and grated bar soap. Mix all the ingredients together and store in a closed tub. Mix a ½ bucket of hot water in it and stir well. Leave it for 24 hours to settle until it becomes gel-like in texture. Detergent is ready to be used. Use 1/8 cup of this detergent per load.
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4. Homemade Liquid Detergent with Vinegar
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Mix 1 cup each of vinegar, baking soda and washing soda, and ¼ cup of liquid castile soap. Mix all the ingredients well and store in an airtight container. Add a ½ bucket of hot water to this mixture. Stir it well. Keep it in an airtight container and let it sit for 24 hours until it gains a gel-like texture. Make use of 1 cup of detergent per load.
In addition to this, you can also add a few drops of essential oil (lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil, etc.) to your liquid detergent. This must be added once the detergent cools down to room temperature.
Note: Always stir the liquid detergents well before use to ensure that it is free from lumps.
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5. Fels-Naphtha Soap Laundry Detergent
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To your surprise, this detergent will cost you less than $2 (for 5 gallons). Isn’t it a big saving? Moreover, the procedure to prepare it is also very simple. Grate Fels-Naphtha soap and heat it in 4 cups of water for about 10 minutes. Fill half of the 5-gallon bucket with hot water. Mix the melted soap in it. Then put 1 cup each of washing soda and borax. Stir well all the ingredients. You can also add essential oil of your choice. Fill the remaining bucket with warm water. Cover it with a lid and leave it for 24 hours. Use ½ to 1 cup per load.
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6. Homemade Liquid Detergent without Borax Powder
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Here is a very easy homemade liquid laundry detergent recipe. Take 1 scoop OxiClean, 5 drops lemon essential oil, ½ cup vinegar, and 5-6 cups of grated and ground soap powder. Mix all the ingredients well and store in an airtight container. Add hot water to this mixture and leave it to settle for 24 hours. Detergent is ready to be used when it gains gel-like texture. Use 1/8 cup of this detergent per load.
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7. DIY Liquid Detergent with Sea Salt
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Take 4 cups of very hot water, 1 cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of salt, 1 cup of liquid castile soap (unscented), 1 jug (1 gallon size), and some water. Dissolve hot water and baking soda in a large pot. Then add salt and liquid castile soap to it and stir continuously so that it does not crystallize. If the mixture becomes thick, then turn the heat on and stir continuously. Pour this mixture into the jug and fill the remaining jug with water. Use 1/3 – ½ cup of this mixture per load. This is one of the best natural laundry detergent recipes. For detailed recipe, click the below given link.
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