Make your own cheap, environmentally-friendly liquid laundry detergent
I’ve taken one step toward living the simple life this weekend by making my own laundry detergent. I’m not yet washing everything by hand – I can appreciate life’s little luxuries too! – but making your own detergent is an easy, environmentally-friendly swap and a very cheap alternative to the expensive store-bought laundry liquids and powders that are full of chemicals.
In fact, this laundry liquid is so easy to make and uses the most basic ingredients that you probably won’t believe how well it cleans your clothes until you try it for yourself. I have already done six loads of washing this weekend (yuk) and am happily surprised with the results! There is no way I’ll be paying for store-bought laundry detergents again!
1 tablespoon soap flakes (I use Sard Wonder Soap, available from supermarkets)
2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
Juice of 1 fresh lemon
2 cups warm water
Combine soap flakes and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and add lemon juice. The mixture will fizz. Add warm water and stir to combine.
Transfer to an old liquid detergent bottle and store for use.
Give the bottle a good shake before use.
For top loader add 1 tablespoon to the load.
For front loader add 1/2 tablespoon to the slot where you would normally place your laundry detergent or powder.
You might like to test this on a small patch of a dark-coloured garment prior to adding to a load. In all my six loads, only one item (a charcoal-coloured bath towel) looks a little fainter in colour. Oddly enough the other five dark towels were fine. It might be coincidence, but worth noting nonetheless