One of my most popular posts here on Saved By Grace has been my tutorial on how to make powdered laundry detergent. I promised a while back that I would follow up with a liquid laundry soap version and I finally was able to do it.
This recipe is for the concentrated version of liquid laundry soap. There are many recipes out there for liquid laundry soap, but most of them are not concentrates. I made this one because I don’t have room for a large tub in my home as I do not even have a washer and dryer set and must utilize the laundry mat. Besides, who wants to haul a huge tub with them every time they need to do laundry at the Mat?
I love the concentrate because you use less of it. Only 1/4 of a cup per load.
The savings? Just like with the powdered version, its just pennies per load. I made this for less than $1.00 and it will give me about 40 loads.
You will need the following to make liquid laundry soap concentrate:
- 1/2 cup Washing soda
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 10 cups of Water
- 1/4 bar Zote soap
All of these, besides the water obviously can be found in the laundry department. A word about Zote: I prefer it over Fels Naptha for this recipe because it melts better and faster and does not separate after it cools.
1. Start by simmering 6 cups of water in a pot.
2. Using a grater, grate a 1/4 of a bar of Zote soap.
3. Add the Zote to the simmering water and give it a stir until it melts.
4. Add the washing soda and borax and mix until dissolved. Remove from heat.
5. Add 4 cups hot water to your container. I use a 2.5 quart bottle from a bulk container of hand soap. It works great because this recipe fits perfectly and it has a pour spout.
6. Pour the Zote mixture into the container with water.
7. Allow to sit overnight, until cool. Use 1/4 cup per load.
Please note, you may not get a lot of sudsing with this and that is fine. It is still doing it’s job! Also, don’t worry if it looks strange the next day, just give it a shake or stir and it will be fine. Since this is a concentrate, I recommend adding it to the water before you put the clothes in so it can “melt”.
Do you plan on making this or the powdered version and giving it a try?