Homemade Soap Berries Liquid Laundry Detergent

Ingredients for 1 Batch:

  • 1 cup Eco Nuts berries (approx. 2 oz.)
  • 4 cups Water (I prefer Distilled.)
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar (I prefer Heinz.)

You will need: Dutch Oven, Large Measuring Cup, Mesh Strainer & Water Tight Storage Jar

Instructions:

  1. Measure and pour all ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a low boil and then reduce to a med-low heat to simmer with the *lid on* for 30 minutes. Stir and mash the berries every five minutes with a slotted spoon.
  2. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and continue to simmer at a low heat for 30 more minutes to remove excess water. Continue to stir and mash every five minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat, immediately strain into a clean glass bowl with a mesh strainer and let cool.
  4. Pour into a water tight jar for storage.

Using this recipe, I was left with 2.5 cups of liquid which will give me approximately 40 loads in an HE machine. If you have a standard washing machine, you'll get approximately 20 loads. 

To Use:

Once your detergent is made you will use 1 tablespoon per HE load or 2 tablespoons per regular load. You may need more on heavily soiled loads, and as with any detergent, you will want to pretreat stains.