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A student laundry solution that makes cents

A student laundry solution that makes cents

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The cost of clothes washing can really add up- there’s the electricity, the water, and the ever-increasing price of laundry liquid and fabric softener.

You can make significant savings on your laundry bill by making your own laundry liquid- it’s easy, non-phosphorous, and so cost effective you’ll want to tell all your friends and family!

All you need to get started is around $10 to purchase the ingredients, half an hour and a couple of household items.

I have been using this recipe for nearly five years, and in that time have saved around $250 on laundry liquid alone.

I also purchase fabric softener in bulk at Kmart- at around nine dollars for a 5-litre bottle. I dilute the concentrate, putting 250mL in a 2 litre bottle. This way, I spend $19 a year on laundry liquid and fabric softener.

So, without further adieu, here is a homemade laundry liquid recipe guaranteed to save you money.

You’ll need

  • A box of Lux soap flakes (OR bars of natural soap of your choice and a cheese grater)
  • Lectric washing soda (Both the soap flakes and washing soda can be found in the laundry aisle of your supermarket, usually on the top or bottom shelves)
  • 9-10L plastic bucket
  • Medium saucepan
  • Jug
  • Funnel
  • Enough old laundry liquid bottles to hold 10 litres, or any plastic bottle to refill (I use soft drink bottles)
  • Essential oils if desired (Lavender, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree will give your laundry an antibacterial boost)

Laundry Liquid Recipe

Makes 10 litres


  • 5L water
  • 1 cup of soap flakes
  • 1/2 cup of washing soda


  1. Pour 1.5 litres of water into a medium saucepan. Add soap flakes and stir over a medium heat until the soap flakes dissolve completely. It is important to let the soap dissolve, or your laundry liquid will separate once it cools.
  2. Add the washing soda to the dissolved soap solution. Stir the mixture until it thickens, then remove the saucepan from the heat.
  3. Pour the contents of the saucepan into a 9-10L bucket and fill to the top with hot tap water, stirring to ensure all ingredients are well combined. The liquid will thicken as it cools.
  4. Stir in essential oils if you are using them. This step is optional, however it does allow you to personalise the scent of your laundry.
  5. Using your jug and funnel, decant the liquid into your storage bottles. I like to do this while it’s hot, as it is easier to decant before it thickens and the liquid can cool in the bottle.
  6. Shake the bottle before each use. Add 1/4-1/2 a cup of your homemade laundry liquid to your washing machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. This solution works equally well for top and front-loading machines, and can also be used as an effective laundry soak with the addition of a little borax.

For around $10 outlay for your soap flakes and washing soda, you should yield at least 60 litres of laundry liquid- enough for 480 washes!

This should keep your laundry liquid bill down to around $7 a year!

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