As the purse strings get tighter, I’m constantly trying to come up with ways to save some money. This week I shared a post on how to make your own moisturiser using coconut oil and today I thought I’d share the recipe I use to make homemade laundry detergent using good old Lux Flakes. Yes the box of Lux Flakes can be expensive, but this homemade detergent recipe I’m about to share makes 8 litres of detergent and only uses 1 cup of Lux Flakes.
What you’ll need:
1 cup Lux Flakes
1/2 Cup Borax
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
A large saucepan/pot to take 8L of liquid (or alternatively a smaller saucepan and a bucket)
Empty detergent bottles, mason jars or milk bottles (make sure you clean them)
- In a saucepan, heat up 4 cups of water and add the 1 cup of Lux Flakes and stir until the flakes have melted.
- Add the borax and washing soda and stir until they have dissolved.
- Add 4 cups of hot water to the mix in the saucepan (or add the 4 cups of water to a bucket if you don’t have a very large saucepan/pot and then add the lux/borax/washing soda/water mix into the bucket)
- Top up this mix with cold water until you reach 8 litres and mix through.
- Distribute the mix into your storage bottles making sure you leave room at the top so you can shake the detergent. (On sitting, the detergent will get a bit claggy so always give it a good shake before using it).