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Friday, February 01, 2013

No Grate No Cook Liquid Laundry Detergent

laundry detergent

I've been making my own homemade laundry detergent for a few years now.  As much as I loved my powder laundry detergent AND my previous liquid laundry detergent, I grew tired of grating soap.  When I saw a pin on Pinterest from One Good Thing from Jilly on No Grate Laundry Detergent, I clicked on it right away!


I could not believe how easy this recipe was, and you won't either!  
3 T. Borax, 3 T. Washing Soda & 3 T. Liquid Soap.  
Add boiling water, do a little shimmy shake, and your DONE!  

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Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap

The original recipe called for Dawn dishwashing detergent and stated that it was great for grease stains. I wanted to keep mine a bit more pure and I had this Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap, so I decided to give it a try.  I have been very, very pleased with the results.  It washes just as well as my other homemade laundry detergents, but only takes a couple minutes to mix up. I used some old laundry detergent bottles I had saved from when I got tired of grating soap and bought detergent from Trader Joes.  They are 1/2 gallon size and perfect for reusing over and over.

Funnel

I like the ease of using a funnel and using my electric teapot to heat the water.  I love that I don't have to turn my stove on and boiling water is ready in seconds.  I will be sticking with this recipe! Easy!!

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Liquid homemade laundry detergent


NO COOK NO GRATE 
LIQUID HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT

3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
3 Tablespoons Dawn Dish Detergent OR Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap

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4 cups boiling water (water doesn't count as cooking, right?!:))
Cold water

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Measure 3 tablespoons borax and 3 tablespoons washing soda into a glass measure.  I like to use on with a spout.  Mix together well.  Using funnel, pour into 1 gallon jug, Add 3 tablespoons soap.  Add 4 cups boiling water.  Shake well. Then fill to the top with cold water.  It will bubble up and it will also be quite runny.

*2 half gallon jug directions: Measure 3 tablespoons borax & 3 tablespoons washing soda in a 4 cup pyrex glass measure.  Mix.  Add 2 cups boiling water.  Mix.  Add 3 Tablespoons soap. Mix.  Divide this mixture evenly into each 1/2 gallon jug, using a funnel.  Add 1 more cup of boiling water to each jug.  Fill each jug to the top with cold water and shimmy shake it!

Use 1/2 cup-1 cup per load depending on how large and how soiled the load is. 
It is not a sudsy detergent, and comments in original post say it is fine for HE washers.
Makes 1 gallon


78 comments:

  1. I've been using this recipe for 2 months, since I saw it on One Good Things site.....and it works great! I add a little lavender essential oil for additional scent. It is so easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The comments where I found the original recipe say yes, it is good for HE machines.

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    2. Amy my only concern with this is the castile tends to leave a residue are you sure that over time this will not build up in the washer. I have a front loader only a few months old and I am really leary about using it.

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    3. Bonnie, The way around any soap build-up, is to use Vinegar in the rinse cycle. . . It takes any soap left on your clothes. or in the washer.

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    4. I had a washing machine repairman take my inner tub out once and showed me what regular detergent does to a machine...it was not good. Speaking of build up, it was nasty.

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  3. Is this safe for HE washing machines?

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    1. I've been using this recipe w/ the Dawn from One Good Thing and I haven't had any issues with it. I have a HE washer and was looking for a good alternative to the powder one as well as not wanting to grate soap and have it separate cause I didn't trust that one to go through my HE washer. Hope that helps.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! This is the first laundry detergent recipe I haven't been absolutely intimidated by.

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  5. Hi there,
    Came across your blog while searching for "natural disinfectant recipe". I saw the word "cancer" somewhere and did a double take. Read through some of your past entries and blessed to have done so. I was diagnosed in Sept 2011 with stage 3 breast cancer. My journey to find health and hope and joy has been so life changing! Thank you for sharing your story!
    LOve,
    Gwen

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    1. Wow! I'd love to hear more of your story. Do you have a Caring Bridge site that is public? I hope you are doing well. It is amazing how life changing that diagnosis is..huh? Thank you for commenting!

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    2. go to Qigong.com there are a huge number of health tips there for beating cancer, and detoxing the body.

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    3. Thank you Jacquelyn for sharing your story. I was affected by a close family member being diagnosed with Breast Cancer she is kicking its butt I was inspired to continue my journey to clean living I just made this recipe. I am now on a hunt for a deodorant as I refuse to use the commercial stuff anymore and i think my children would appreciate a little less stinky mommy :)

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  6. So, once you add the cold water, this makes 1/2 Gallon?

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    1. No, it makes 1 gallon. I used two 1/2 gallon containers.

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  7. Could you use this for cold water wash?

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    1. ive used one where you actually grate the soap. I was lazy and just chopped it.... my detergent is a little chunky. But the point im making is I use it and it works amazing in the cold wash. I just shake it a bit before I pour in.. but remember I have globs of soap from being lazy. Just use a rinse cycle I know my machine you can skip the rinse cycle.

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  8. Made this using Dawn the first time (had nothing better and needed it immediately) and this time I used Dr. Bronner's. Smells amazing! I'm so glad you posted this recipe! I've been cooking our detergent for a while and let's just say me and the grinder are not friends. I don't have a fancy grinding thingy and I'm not comfortable putting soap through my food processor... I can't tell you how many times I skinned my finger across the grinder, crumbling a bar of soap!

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    1. I don't like grating either. I took the shortcut of chunking the soap and letting it dissolve into the hot water. Takes a little longer but it saves the knuckles.

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    2. I've discovered that if you use Ivory bar soap, you can put it in the microwave for a little bit and it fluffs up like a big marshmallow, and the result is soft and easy to turn into powder with your bare hands. Who knew?!

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    3. I've been grating my own soap for a couple years - first I tried the cooking method - too much work, then the grating for the dry rendition. I found a large, Salad Shooter at a garage sale and used the grating cylinder and used it just for grating my soap and it works great, but I'm definitely going to try this faster version and i like the fact that it's liquid.

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  9. I've never used borax or washing soda before. Are they unscented?

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  10. Is this as safe as dreft? I have a baby due in a few weeks and my oldest has eczema

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    1. You probably have had your baby by now -- congratulations!! -- but just so you know, I did see a baby safe unscented bottle of Dr. Bronner's castile soap. Just thought that may be handy :)

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    2. Dr Bronner makes a gental baby bar soap ...I am not sure about liquid ,,, but any way I used this gental bar soap for making my liquid laundry soap for my friend for he has cancer ... I just cut it up on cutting board,, let it melt on the the cook top {Nuwave} until it melted then added borax & washing soda .. poured into bucket & added the rest of water ................ he likes this very much .... & so do I .................... it works just fine ...I will look to see if this gental baby is in liquid form .. hope you do too......................!!

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    3. This is safe,,,No Chemicals,,,,,Natural ingredients....Dr. B's is great...is concentrated, have used it for over 40yrs. it is multi purpose soap, can brush your teeth ...or scrub your floors with it! I want to make this, as SG Laundry Soap is expensive, can't wait :D

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  11. Are these two Different recipes you have here. THANK YOU..

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  12. Love this recipe so much! Thank you!

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  13. JLUI,
    Absolutly we only have cold water for laundry and I have been using this the original recipe since I saw it on " One Good thing by Jillee ( http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/ ) with Dawn and have loved it. Still using but my first box of borax and washing soda after an average of 6 loads a week for about 5+ months.. It is awesome stuff.. I will never go back to over priced soaps ever again.

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  14. I just made this yesterday myself! I used the blue dawn. I do miss the super good smell on my clothes. And I used about a cup & a half to my supersize load. LOVE the savings...might have to try other liquid soaps.

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    1. You seriously do not need a cup and a half per load. It will get clean with as little as 1/3 to 1/2 cup depending on how big your loads are. Save more money by using less.

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    2. will try this. As for those that wish to have a bit of good smell, essential oils can be added.

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    3. I've seen in other "DIY Laundry Detergent" blogs where people add some of their favorite fabric softener or essential oil for scent. I'm going to try this recipe doing this. While adding a water softener.

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  15. I can't seem to find the answer to whether or not it is okay to use this in High Efficiency washing machines. I'd really like to know.

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    1. If you'll reread the comments you'll find it does say in several places that it's ok to use in HE washers..

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    2. Try WalMart..

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  16. For they "Naturalist" that don't want to use Dawn, add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil, It is a great grease cutter.

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  17. Im new to this, forgive my question but what is washing soda and where do you find it?

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    1. Washing soda is similar to baking soda. You can find it in the laundry section. Usually its in a box near the borax.

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  18. Hello, im new to all of these handmade products, please where can you purchase washing soda? Sorry for the silly question. If i dont ask i wont know!
    Thank you for your patience and knowledge

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    1. wal mart normally has it

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  19. Does this have to be blue dawn or can it be used with the other scented ones as well?

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    1. I use Ajax Orange to clean EVERYTHING in my house. It is FANTASTIC for absolutely ALL of my cleaning needs. Not just my dishes. And its a safe alternative to all those chemical cleaners. Since I have a little guy. So I'm going to give that a try.

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  20. I have an HE washer and I use a quarter of a cup measuring cup that I fill it about three quarters of the way full. I doubled my recipe (I use one good thing with dawn) so I have four gallons. I do have to shake it before each use and I have arthritis in my fingers and hands so I shake my gallon jug and then pour some in an old half gallon syrup bottle and I am good to go. My clothes come out super super clean. I am very pleased as I am with all of Jillee home made recipes.

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  21. I use diluted Castille soap for hand soap and even diluted it produces a ton of suds. Suds are not good for HE machines. My machine is practically brand new and I'm afraid to try it. Has anyone used this in HE machines???

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  22. the laundry saop I made before with grating the soap I added fabric softner to it and it smelled good NOW that I seen this recipe soooo much easier and I will still add my fabric softner to let it have the nice smell. I figured all the ingredients except water is 3T so that will be how much fabric softner I will start out with and if anything maybe up it to 4T

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  23. Does it clean as well as the soap you get from the store? That has been my issue with all homemade laundry soaps so far- the clothes come out looking a bit dingier than they used to :( Would love to find a cheaper homemade alternative, but I am afraid it would just be a waste of effort. Any thoughts?

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    1. Are you using an HE washer? I found that my HE washer just doesn't come out as clean as a traditional washer no matter WHICH detergents I use - everything just becomes dingy... The only thing I've found to compensate is to add OxyClean to any load that doesn't have blacks or navy blue in them, run it hot and run a double rinse cycle (so much for "high efficiency") I'll never buy an HE again.... (I read somewhere that you can add a teaspoon of TSP which is supposed to combat the dingies as well but I worry about toxicity)

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    2. I use vingar in the bleach location, cleans the machine as well as your clothes.

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    3. The Borax works for keeping whites white. If you have hard water, that's what makes your whites turn gray. Now if I could control the deodorant stains in the husband's T-shirts!

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    4. If the t-shirts are white, try soaking in hydrogen peroxide.

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    5. Because of all of the controversy around Borax, I've replaced it with sea salt or epsom salts. Works great and does the same thing. Plus, it is 100% natural. Safer for the environment and the people using it. And you can buy epsom salts with scent added.

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  24. I have tried a few others. didnt like them. Now i have not tried this one, do you think it gets stains out as good as the grated kind. and It uses alot less BORAX. I have a whole crew of messy people in my family and the grated kind has saved me the pain of pre treating everything. I throw them all in and they come out clean. No I do agree that the grating is a bit time biter but the reward is clean cloths. just un sure

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  25. Looking forward to trying this out to save $.

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  26. Wow! This is great!! I make my OWN liquid soaps, and have asked (on soapmaking groups) for a recipe on using my liquid soap in laundry. . . But I never received the answer.

    Im so glad I saw this!! The only difference I would do is to Double All ingredients (except for water) and still make this into just 1 gallon. . . . . I like the soap concentrated, to use less. Seems to last longer, I dont run out as fast. . . And I can use a few drops to pre-treat as needed!

    Finally!!! I got what I have been looking for! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    PS--- To All of those asking--- THIS IS 100% SAFE TO USE IN HE WASHERS!
    Using Liquid Castile soap, or other natural liquid soaps. . . ( I make a 50/50 blend of Coconut & Lard when I make my liquid soap, or for a more cleansing soap I use 50/50 mix of Palm kernel & coconut). . . .

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  27. Thanks so much for the share! Where would I be able to find a bottle like the one in your blog?

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    1. Those bottles had Trader Joes brand laundry detergent in them. I used the detergent and took the labels off, so they are recycled. :)

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    2. If you need empty bottles and don't mind running out to your local laundrymat, you can get tons in the waste can. I picked up a few when I started making this.

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  28. Thanks so much for the share! I'm excited to get started. Any idea where I could purchase the containers in your blog!?

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  29. Is this for gray water use? My washer drains out to some trees.

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    1. I frequently read that nothing with Borax is good for your plants or trees. Even too much Sodium is a problem. But I read this http://womanrunswithhorses.blogspot.com/2011/05/homemade-laundry-soap-containing-borax.html

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    2. Thanks, just read the article and made my first batch of laundry soap! Gonna give it a try, may experiment on something other than my fruit tress to start.

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  30. Dr. Bronner's does make a baby mild liquid soap. I use it all the time when I make my cleansing conditioners.

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  31. Does this recipe get thick like normal detergent? Or does it stay very liquidy?

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  32. If I add 3 Tbsp. Hydrogen peroxide and give it a kick like oxi clean?

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  33. Wow these are so cute and i love the recipes as well!

    Laundry products

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  34. Thanks for the recipe! We will be trying this soon.

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  35. i love the recipe and I found that it worked quite well but you might want to put a note in the recipe for those that choose to use ones scented with essential oils- or add their own- the oils can be a fire hazard when used in the dryer. My washer has a note on it "Materials with oils of any kind should not go in the dryer. Doing so can result in explosion, fire or death." Essential oils are flammable.

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    1. Esential oils are usually steam distilled and do not have actual oil in it unless its diluted with jojoba oil, which is actually a liquid wax, not an oil. I do not recommend using essential oils diluted with jojoba as those are better suited for skin. But essential oils that are non diluted are perfectly fine and should not cause a problem.

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  36. Sandy Roerish11/11/13, 9:50 PM

    I copied it and going to go to store to get Ingredients and make it and see if it works...

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  37. Thanks for your laundry detergent, recipe, gonna try this out!

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  38. Quick question: If this recipe calls for a gallon of water, and you said you used a half gallon jugs. Do you divide the recipe in half for your half gallons? Or was it a typo and you meant half gallon jugs?

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  39. what is washing soda

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  40. Washing soda is chemically similar to baking soda and can, in fact, be made by heating baking soda in the oven. Do a Google search for the proper procedure. Washing soda is getting easier to find at the store these days, however, and is stocked by most Walmarts near the laundry detergents. I have a comment about the idea of adding fabric softener to this recipe for fragrance. Fabric softener is meant to follow detergent, not be added to it. Soaps are alkaline and softeners are acidic (which is why vinegar makes a fine "softener"). So some of the cleaning power of the detergent will be neutralized if you add softener to it. But also, why add something filled with synthetic ingredients to this natural product? That doesn't make sense to me. Another thing that doesn't make sense, which someone else can address, is why not make this a 1-gallon concentrate and then just use less? One-half to one cup is more than most other homemade detergents recommend... but maybe there's a reason for it.

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  41. Washing soda and baking soda are identical.
    Baking soda is ''bicarbonate of soda'' and washing soda is ''sodium bicarbonate''. The difference is price. Washing soda is higher by the ounce.
    Note, the large size boxes are not the same weight, but by the ounce, baking soda is cheaper. Check the price per ounce... Baking soda is usually in the cooking/baking area, washing soda is in the detergent area.

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  42. Thank you so much for posting this!! So far I really love it! The only issue I've had is that after my detergent cooled down i ended up with large white chunks. Any advise? Is that normal? Maybe I didn't mix it well enough before adding the cold water. Do you have any good laundry softener recipes to share? :D thanks again!

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