Laundry Cleaner

Gloop Recipe – No more Detergent
You will need:
A large tub capable of holding about 4 litres, with a good fitting lid (or a few smaller tubs) to store gloop
A big pan
1 bar unscented white soap - something like Simple or an own-brand sensitive skin soap – Asda 29p bar is good
1/2 cup washing soda crystals - usually on the cleaning aisle of the supermarket
4 litres hot water
Optional:- About 20 drops of a suitable essential oil. I use lavender but any oils safe for children will be fine. ½ Tea Tree, ½ lavender is a good combination for nappies etc
To Make
Put the water in the pot and bring to the boil. Grate the soap and once the water has boiled, add the soap and turn the heat down. Stir until all the soap has dissolved. Take off the heat and add the soda crystals stirring until they have dissolved as well. Leave to cool until you can safely handle it, then decant into your tub(s) and add essential oils.
To use
Use about half a teacup for each load.
You can add a dose of Ecover laundry bleach if things get a little grey – this will brighten things up again.
To avoid problems with the gloop and machine blockages:- It is HIGHLY recommended that you put the gloop directly into the drum not the drawer. If the gloop sets hard, chop it into small pieces so that it melts easier. Adding a ½ a cup distilled white vinegar to the final rinse will also help prevent any problems.
Laundry Powder
1 Cup Grated White Soap
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
For light load, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.
Nice alternative to gloop when you can't be bothered to mix up a batch/are travelling.
Fabric Softener
2 Cups White Vinegar
2 Cups Baking Soda
4 Cups Water
Combine slowly and carefully over sink. The baking soda and vinegar will fizz.
Pour into plastic bottle, cover, and shake.
*Hint - Reuse your "Lenor" bottle.
Use 1/4 cup in the final rinse or in a "laundry ball".
Ironing water
2 desertspoons Orange Blossom water
up to 1 litre water
pour ingredients into 1 litre drinks bottle (I use an old tonic water bottle)
The orange blossom water can be obtained anywhere they sell vietnamese/chenese ingredients - look in oriental sections of sainsburys or in specialist chinese food shops.
It only costs about 50 - 60p for 1/4 litre so is a really cost effective way of scenting your laundry. You could also use rosewater approx £1.35 from Boots
Stain remover For Heavily Stained Nappies:-
**NOTE: This is for use with white cotton, nylon and polyester only.
1/2 Cup Gloop
1/2 Cup Washing soda crystals
1/2 Cup Ecover Bleach
Soak nappies in bucket overnight or until stains disappear. Launder as usual.


  • halloweenqueen_2
    halloweenqueen_2 Forumite Posts: 3,312 Forumite
    I did try this gloop, it made everything soft and lovely but I wasn't entirely happy with how clean things were, or some things still had an aroma! so I'm using some gloop and one laundry tablet. It was worth a go!
    Thanks :)
  • cathy_3
    cathy_3 Forumite Posts: 1,500
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    the gloop is great for coloured stuff and the softener is exellent stuff

    thanks Judi ;D
  • Galtizz
    Galtizz Forumite Posts: 1,016 Forumite

    Cause everyone wants the recipe ;D
    When life hands you a lemon, make sure you ask for tequilla and salt ;)
  • 16011996
    16011996 Forumite Posts: 8,313
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    and its fabulous to rub in stains before washing to get them out.
  • franky
    franky Forumite Posts: 641 Forumite
    must try this :D
  • 16011996
    16011996 Forumite Posts: 8,313
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    this also got a stain out of my carpet, well worth a go, but try on a hidden patch first.
  • 16011996
    16011996 Forumite Posts: 8,313
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    bumped for person who pm'd me. ;D
  • MATH
    MATH Forumite Posts: 2,940
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    I add a cup of cheapo fairy liquid to my gloop cos it contains a surficant which suspends dirt in the water and prevents it re-depositing on the clothes when the machine drains. DO NOT add this if you have a front loader cos it creates too much foam.
    Life's a beach! Take your shoes off and feel the sand between your toes.
  • 16011996
    16011996 Forumite Posts: 8,313
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    will give that a go math
  • handymanni
    handymanni Forumite Posts: 56 Forumite
    Been trying this the last month or so in powder form, thanks op.

    Generally use a table spoon and then "melt" it with some boiling water when I make my tea in the morning so that I can use it in a cold wash.

    I have been using soap flakes/laundry soap in my mix but was wondering is there a difference if I was to just use normal soap, as obviously this would be a lot cheaper.
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