Living a life less toxic…

by Faith Canter

Natural Homemade Laundry Liquid


I love this recipe for natural homemade laundry liquid  – it’s so easy, quick and you don’t need tons of ingredients!

You’ll end up with around 2.2 litres of laundry liquid when following this recipe or you can double or even triple the ingredients to make more like I did.



50g (1.8 oz) of a bar of soap (the bits from the end of a bar(s) are perfect), grated

2 litres (3.5 pints) of water

100g (3.5 oz) borax substitute (it is actually called this and you can pick this up in most supermarkets)

100g (3.5 oz) soda crystals (you can pick this up in most supermarkets)

100ml (3.5 fl oz) of white vinegar

30/40 drops of essential oils (antibacterial oils like lavender and tea-tree work well, as do any of the citrus oils).



1. Pour half the water (1 litre) into a saucepan and bring to the boil and then turn down to simmer.

2. Add the grated soap and allow to dissolve (stirring occasionally).IMG_20140330_181059

3. Add the borax substitute and soda crystals  and stir again until dissolved.

4.  Take off the heat and add the remaining litre of water, then the vinegar and stir well.

5. Add your selection of essential oils.

6. Pour the mixture into any old glass or plastic bottles using a funnel.  Make sure to leave an inch or so at the top of the bottle so you can shake it before each use (as it will separate when standing for a while).

7. Allow to cool and then pop the lid on.


This laundry liquid can be used inside the drum or in the drawer and you will need approximately 50ml per wash. 

This roughly works out (depending on essential oils used) to around 6 – 10p per wash. 


4 thoughts on “Natural Homemade Laundry Liquid

  1. Do you know where in Edinburgh to buy borax substitute? I can’t find it anywhere!

  2. I am going to try this recipe. I already make my own soaps (which I use for shampoo also) and lotions. We have tried very hard to make our home chemical free. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for following my blog. May we meet again soon on these pages.

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