So I was puzzled to hear from a variety of sources how much people run from the huge savings of making homemade laundry soap simply because of that bit of grating and cooking. Really, really, puzzled. It takes a whole lot more effort to earn the money to BUY expensive detergents than to save the money by the few minutes it takes to create at home. But I guess it takes all kinds.
Luckily, though, my sweet friend, Lielle (whose name I LOVE!), pointed me to the concept of a no-grate soap. So, now even those averse to grating a bar of soap can cash in on the make-it-at-home-and-save-a-bundle-while-doing-it movement. How? Through a no-grate, no-cook Liquid Laundry Soap recipe! So stinking fast and easy!
Whoo-Hoo! Here's how:
- 1/2 Cup Borax
- 1/2 Cup Washing Soda
- 1/2 Cup Dawn Ultra Dish Washing Liquid (you can use regular, too, if you prefer)
- Hot Water
- Cool Water
- Gallon Jug with lid (I use a cleaned out milk jug)
- 1/2 Cup Measuring Cup
- Place your funnel in your clean gallon jug
- Measure out your Borax and Washing Soda and add to the jug vial the funnel
- Remove funnel and add a few cups of hot water (not boiling as it could melt the jug!)
- Swirl around until the Borax and Washing Soda is dissolved (I usually swirl it around for a second, then leave it for a few minutes while I do something else, and every time I pass by, just give it another quick swirl)
- When dissolved, add cool water to about a cup from the top
- Add dish soap
- Replace lid and tighten
- Give a quick shake to mix (there will be bubbles all the way to the top of the jug)
- Remove lid and set on counter until the bubbles disappear
- Add more water until the jug is full and you're ready to go!
The liquid will appear very thin and runny. . .but don't be fooled. . .it works! Use a half cup per load. Safe for even HE washers!
AND, it's super cheap. . .given the fact that I never pay much (via couponing!) for a bottle of dish washing liquid, I estimate the total cost of this gallon of laundry detergent to be approximately .60 (or less if you get great deals on soap and the other ingredients!). Given the gallon has 32 loads worth in it, that works out to just less than TWO cents per load!!!! AWESOME!!