Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade laundry detergent

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
Water
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)

Homemade laundry detergent
  1. In a saucepan, heat up 4 cups of water and add the 1 cup of Lux Flakes and stir until the flakes have melted.
  2. Add the borax and washing soda and stir until they have dissolved. 
  3. 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)
  4. Top up this mix with cold water until you reach 8 litres and mix through.
  5. 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).
When using this homemade detergent, I still treat stubborn stains the same way as usual. 
Although I don’t precisely measure the liquid when putting it into the washing machine, I’d say I probably use about 3/4 of a cup for a normal load.

What is Borax? Borax is actually a naturally occurring mineral and it’s function in the laundry mix is that it’s a natural stain remover, deodorizer and sanitiser. I love that I’ve made the change, feels so good!

What is Washing Soda? Also a natural product (Sodium Carbonate), washing soda acts as a booster in the laundry detergent and is good with oil, wine and grease stains. It also acts as a water softener and good when hard water is in use. 
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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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5 Comments

  1. May 23, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    I think of slime making in Year 8 science with the mention of borax. What does this component do as part of the laundry mix? Intrigued. I started on chemical free cleaning path today with hot water and vinegar floor mopping. My house smells like a fish and chip shop but the floor is clean. Might add some lavender or eucalyptus oil next time. How good do you feel though after making the switch. Ive done my bit for the environment, the hip pocket and another mundane, pain in the butt housework job is ticked off the list…Have a good weekend

  2. May 23, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    Haha…Borax does sound very ‘scientific’ doesn’t it, but it’s actually a naturally occuring mineral and it’s function in the laundry mix is that it’s a natural stain remover, deoderiser and sanitiser. I love that I’ve made the change, feels so good!

  3. May 23, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    Haha…Borax does sound very ‘scientific’ doesn’t it, but it’s actually a naturally occurring mineral and it’s function in the laundry mix is that it’s a natural stain remover, deodorizer and sanitiser. I love that I’ve made the change, feels so good!

  4. June 5, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    Wow! great idea! Just a question though, is this for top loaders or front loaders? Or if both, is there a difference for the amount you need to use?
    Cheers! Dani xo

  5. June 5, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    Hi Danielle. I only have a top loader however, I am aware that it is also for front loaders however use a fraction more…say one cup.