I can't believe how cheap it is to make your own laundry liquid... not to mention better for the planet. Since it is a simple recipe for turning soap into liquid, you can also use this as dish washing liquid!
I started making my own laundry and dish liquid when I learnt that even supposedly sustainable brands such as Eco Store and Earthwise contain palm oil. Be sure to check this list for orangutan friendly brands. I used Aoraki Naturals citrus stain stick for this but they now make a grated soap that you can by per 100g which is designed to use for this sort of project. Check out their website at www.aorakinaturals.com.
What you will need:
- 1 bar of soap (125g)... see below for options
- 1 cup of Baking soda
- Boiling water
- bucket (I used 10 litre)
Step 1 - Grate the soap and mix in the bucket with 1 cup of baking soda.
Step 2 - Add a litre of boiling water and stir.
Step 3 - Let sit for a day and then add two litres of boiling water, mix. At this point I started to worry as it kept setting in between mixes... but keep going, adding another litre or two the following day.
Step 4 - Repeat until you have 8 litres. Next blend it with a hand mixer to get it consistent.
Step 5 - you're done! Pour into an old washing liquid bottle or just leave in the bucket and cover. Use about a half cup for a load of washing (I use 1 and a half lids of my old washing liquid container) and a regular squirt for dishes.
What Soap to Buy
- Aoraki Naturals: Natural coconut based soap that is made in New Zealand.
- Coconut Project: can be purchased from Trade Aid