One of our ‘go to’ books for simple living is Rhonda Hetzel’s ‘Down to Earth’. Last week I made her recipe for laundry liquid as part of our never ending quest to cut the big supermarkets out of our lives.
The recipe is very simple:
- 1 cup soap – (I used Velvet)
- ½ cup washing soda (powder not crystals)
- ½ cup borax.
I bought my supplies from Woolworths and Foodland.
The laundry liquid is ridiculously easy to make.
First grate the soap.
One bar = one cup.
Add the soap to 1 ½ litres of water in a saucepan and heat on medium until the soap is completely dissolved.
Slowly add 1/2 cup of washing soda and 1/2 cup borax.
Stir until the additions are dissolved and the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat.
The next part I do in my laundry sink. Pour the mixture into a 10 litre bucket or larger (mine is 12 litres). Add cold water until the level reaches 10 litres. Stir frequently.
The mixture thickens very quickly. Leave to cool.
Once cool pour into containers. I used three 2 litre milk bottless and a 2 litre juice bottle. As I did not want to spill the mixture I used a ladle and a funnel to fill the containers. Leave enough room at the top of each bottle so the mixture can be shaken as it tends to thicken.
Store in the laundry. This liquid is safe to use on all clothes, towels, sheets etc. Rhonda suggests adding napisan or similar when washing whites. We have a front loader and I always use cold water plus 1/4 cup of the liquid per wash. So far I am more than happy with the results.
I am even happier with the price!
- 1 box Velvet soap 1 kg @ $6.98
- Washing soda 1 kg @ $3.99
- Borax 1 kg @ $9.04
Accurate costings per measurements:
- soap 250 g @ $1.75
- Washing soda 125 g @ $o.50
- Borax 125 g @ $1.13
$3.38 worth of ingredients made 9.5 litres of washing liquid!
Compare this to the usual washing liquid we buy:
If I was to buy 9.5 litres of washing liquid @ $9.99 it would cost me $94.90. So that’s a total saving of $91.52!
That is a lot of money! I am assuming that as I use the same amount of liquid it will last me as long as the product I usually buy – 5 weeks or so per litre = 48 weeks. Almost an entire year worth of laundry liquid for the bargain price of $3.38.
I planned to take a photo of our line full of washing to insert here but I forgot – instead please admire our Queen Anne’s Lace in the spring sunshine.