I adapted my popular washing powder recipe to create this liquid laundry detergent version, purely for those of you who have machines that don’t take powder. It’s a slightly messier and longer process to make and I personally prefer the powder (but my machine takes either).  In saying that, this is a great liquid that produces great results.

In fact, I can’t tell the difference in results between powder/liquid. And with no soap suds, this formula is suitable for front and top loader washing machines.


Makes: 6.9 lt Prep time: < 5 min.


• 1.2 lt Soapberry Master Stock
• 4.5 lt hot water (see recipe notes)
• 2 cups | 520 g sodium carbonate (washing soda)
• 2 cups | 440 g borax
• 1 cup | 280 g fine salt
• 2-3 drops of essential oils (optional, per use)


My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and eucalyptus, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.


1. Make a batch of Soapberry Master Stock. Don’t allow it to cool.
2. Pour hot master stock and hot water into a bucket and mix until combined.
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until powdered ingredients have dissolved.
4. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Pour approximately 1 cup of liquid directly into washing machine or designated compartment. If you’re using essential oils, add to liquid before pouring into machine. Wash on your usual setting; warm water is only marginally more effective than cold. Check out my Fabric Softener recipe too. Shake well prior to each use.

Recipe Notes

If you are unable to make the Soapberry Master Stock, substitute it with 2 cups | 280 g fine soap powder and 1 lt hot water, dissolved. Note that this will result in a much thicker, gel-like liquid, which you can dilute further with water if required. I recommend sourcing the purest laundry soap you can find – check the ingredients panels and watch for fragrance especially. I use pure coconut soap powder, or castile soap powder. If you are buying soap in a block, make sure it is milled to a very fine consistency.
While I am comfortable using natural borax for cleaning applications (check out this blog post), you might prefer to avoid it. If so, just leave it out – simple. I don’t notice a difference in cleaning results.
If you’re after an extra cleaning boost, add 1 tablespoon of sodium percarbonate per load.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger


Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 80,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids.

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