Imagine this: it’s Sunday evening and the end of a pleasant weekend, but there’s still that pile of laundry that you were putting off washing until now. And then… catastrophe strikes! You’re out of laundry detergent! What are you going to do?! Don’t panic just yet, because we have a simple, 4-ingredient laundry detergent recipe for you! There’s still time to make a Clean Getaway!
Practical, easy-to-make, and budget-friendly, this homemade laundry soap is sure to please. This DIY liquid detergent is tough on stains but gentle on fabrics and skin. It will be hard to go back to your classic laundry soap after trying it.
Break away from dull laundry thanks to Clean Getaway!
How to make laundry soap
Before you begin
Be sure to wear gloves and safety glasses, especially when handling the washing soda.
- 3 large stainless steel bowls
- 1 silicone spatula
- 1 hot plate
- 1 scale
- 1 HDPE plastic bottle, 1 L
- 1 funnel
Good to know!
- A naturally occurring compound, washing soda (sodium carbonate) is a strong cleaner and stain remover. It also softens water and is environmentally friendly.
- Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a fabric softener and neutralizes odours. It is also a cleaning agent (though it’s not as strong as washing soda).
- In this recipe, we recommend coconut soap paste over olive oil soap paste because the former has cleansing properties that are perfectly suited to domestic uses.
- It’s entirely possible to replace the baking soda with the same quantity of washing soda. Your detergent will be less soft, but it will be an even stronger stain remover.
- For a whitening detergent, you can replace the baking soda by an equal portion of borax.
- We haven’t included essential oils in this recipe because you would have to add a large quantity in order for the laundry to come out of the wash smelling scented. It’s better to add essential oils to a homemade fabric softener.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect the equipment and workspace
- Weigh the water and heat until it bubbles, then remove from heat.
- Weigh the soap paste. Add to the hot water and allow to melt.
- Weigh the washing soda and baking soda. Add the sodas to the soapy water.
- Once everything is evenly dispersed, fill your bottle and leave to cool.
Use and conservation
Use the same quantity of your homemade laundry soap as you would for a commercial detergent.
Made in optimal sanitary conditions, the product will keep for about 6 months.