After I posted the “trial-size” version of my favorite homemade powdered laundry detergent, I had several requests for a concentrated version of the LIQUID laundry detergent I am fond of as well. As it turns out, it actually was embarrassingly easy to make, but I’m going to share it with you anyway. :-)
To make this batch of my No-Grate Liquid Laundry Detergent, I used a gallon-sized container (an old juice carton). You can use any similar carton, but if the volume is quite a bit different, that’s okay. Just use the same measurements listed below. When you’re ready to use it, you’ll want to add a bit less of your detergent to your wash than I recommend using below, because your detergent will be more concentrated (due to having less water content).
No-Grate Liquid Laundry Detergent
Add the borax, washing soda, and Dawn Dish Soap to your container, then pour in the hot water to dissolve the ingredients.
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.)
For a regular load of laundry, a 1/4 cup of this detergent should be sufficient. If you’re doing a large or heavily-soiled load, use closer to 1/3 cup.
I have washed dozens of loads of clothes using this mixture and have been, once again, completely satisfied with the results. Since this liquid version of my detergent doesn’t contain oxygen bleach like my DRY version does, I do add a bit of that along with my liquid detergent if I’m washing whites.
Just another option in our fight against dirty laundry! :-)
NOTE: Since this question comes up so often in the comments, I thought I should address here. This laundry detergent should work perfectly fine in front-loading, high-efficiency washers. It produces 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! :-)