NZ Woman's Weekly

Homemade recipe: Laundry liquid

This was one of the first recipes I made up over 10 years ago, and it remains one of the most popular, with people creating it regularly all over the country. Groups of women get together, open a bottle of wine, and make buckets
of laundry liquid, which they share and take home. This makes a bucketful.

  • ½ bar (60g) Castile, vegetable-based or Sunlight soap, grated
  • 1.5 litres of water
  • ½ cup washing soda
  • 50g or 1/4 cup borax
  • 6 litres hot water

1.Place soap in a saucepan with the first quantity of water and heat on low until soap is dissolved. Stir in washing soda and borax.

2.Stir for a few minutes until thickened and remove from heat. (If you’re using Castile or vegetable-based soap, it won’t thicken straight away, but don’t worry, it will overnight in the bottles.)

3.Add 1 litre of hot water to a bucket. Add soap mixture and mix well. Fill bucket with another 5 litres of hot water and mix well. Pour into old milk bottles or other containers and set aside for 24 hours or until mixture thickens.

4.Use ½ cup of mixture per load. It is easy to squeeze from the bottles, as it is quite gluggy.

Tip: Add about 20 drops lavender oil at the end before pouring into the bottles for a nice fragrance, or try eucalyptus oil, which is great for woollens.

* It must be a soap bar to set.

Issue 1541

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