Super Concentrated No-Grate Liquid Laundry Detergent

homemade liquid laundry detergent

After I posted the Homemade Laundry Detergent – Trial Size Version recipe last week, I had several requests for a concentrated version of the LIQUID Laundry Detergent I am fond of as well.

Since it has been awhile since I’d made up a batch, I figured I’d give it a try. It actually was embarrassingly easy, but I’m going to post about it anyway. :-)

To make a CONCENTRATED batch of No-Grate Liquid Laundry Detergent I started with a smaller container. I used an 89 ounce juice container, which is roughly 30% smaller than the gallon size.


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Then I added:

1/2 cup of Borax
1/2 cup of Washing Soda
1/2 cup of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (I have used both the Original and the Ultra and haven’t noticed any difference between the two)


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Add to that:

4 cups HOT water to dissolve the ingredients, then fill the container the rest of the way with cold water. The ingredients do tend to settle at the bottom between uses, but I just give the bottle a good shake before adding it to the washer.

The ingredients in this recipe are a little more than double the amount from the original. Combined with 30% less water I decided 1/4 cup per large load of clothes should be sufficient.


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Over the last few days I have done probably half a dozen loads of clothes using this mixture and have been, once again, completely satisfied with the results. Since this liquid version doesn’t contain the oxygen bleach component that my DRY version does, I add some of that to my white loads.

Just another option in our fight against dirty laundry!  :-)

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NOTE: Since this question comes up so often in the comments…I thought I should address it in the actual post. This laundry detergent should work perfectly fine in front loader (high efficiency) washers.  It has very little to NO suds.  Many, many, many readers have commented in past posts that they use it in their HE washers with great results! :-)

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  1. Sandra R says

    Jillee, we can’t get DAWN in New Zealand. Is it possible there is another possible substitute?

  2. Linda G. says

    I have used another dish soap in place of the Dawn almost all of the time that I make this (which is all the time). I have not had any problems with using a totally different soap in place of the Dawn. I’ve been using the Costco brand’s Kirkland soap instead and love the smell of that one! I hope you find much success in whatever type of soap you choose!

  3. marli says

    I live in South Africa and our top dishwashing liquid is Sunlight liquid. I substitute that for Dawn in all the recipes. Don’t know if you get that in NZ?

  4. says

    This is excellent–thank you – I am wondering how well it would work if one used a liquid castile soap instead of Dawn dish soap? What would be the ratio to be sure its concentrated?

  5. Linda F says

    Love that this one is sooo simple! My fiance’ still doesn’t “get” WHY I would make laundry detergent! I also wonder about the quantity for a HE machine – but seems like 1/4 cup is so little, that it would be fine?

  6. Debbie says

    I have been using the borax, washing soda, and fels naptha soap for years. On my husbands oxfords, I have used Dawn, a full strength dab of it, for a pretreat on greasy spots. It works very well, but I’m going up try your detergent today. I bet it will be super at tough stains.

  7. Emma says

    Never one to leave well enough alone (or so I’ve been told) I wonder how well the ingredients dissolve in our washing machine if they never completely dissolve while in the bottle?

  8. says

    Far out, I see Dawn in everything!! LOL
    In Australia we have no such thing. Can someone PLEASE help me out with a substitute?
    I’m missing out on so much!!
    Cussons? Fairy Liquid? Trix? Palmolive? Earth Choice?

    I have a fairly new frontloader, and I’m too scared to experiment with it!
    Jillee, you are an inspiration to us all xxxx


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