Green Goddess: Laundry detergent

Long Lunch 17/04/2018
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Here is Wendyl's Green Goddess recipe for laundry detergent.


½ bar or 70g Castile or vegetable-based or Sunlight soap, grated
1.5 litres water
½ cup washing soda
50g borax
1 litre hot water


Place soap in a saucepan with first quantity of water and heat on low until soap is dissolved.

Stir in washing soda and borax.

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.)

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.

Use 1/2 a cup of mixture per load.

It is easy to squeeze from the bottles as it is quite gluggy.

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

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