Saturday, January 2, 2010

Less than a Penny a Load

How much do you normally spend on laundry detergent? I figured I spend about $.15 per load. At about 12 loads of laundry a week, I spend about $100 a year on laundry detergent. Wow, that's way more than I thought.

I have discovered a way to save a lot of money by making my own detergent. That's right, this detergent costs about $2 to make 10 gallons worth, which in my HE machine is enough for 640 loads. It will run me about 1/3 of a penny a load!?!

My friend Lynda and I were discussing the Duggars and all of their money saving tactics (they have 19 or more kids and NO DEBT) and we thought it would be fun to try to make their soap. Lynda made some and gave me a sample (see above). I have used it for several loads and have been happy with the results so far.

Here are the ingredients:

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine

4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

I still have a big container of All from Sam's but when that is used up I will be making my own 10 gallon of $2 detergent. Let me know if you would like me to give you a sample to try.


Pam Spicer said...

Can you use the Arm and Hammer "Pure Baking Soda" that I get from Sams?

Mix 1/2 Baking Soda and 1/2 Borax for dishwasher detergent. Just fill the dishwasher soap container with it for each load. Works well in softened water (even Clay Center's)

Ashlea's journey said...

my mother use to make this soap 40 years ago. I had forgotten about it.

If anyone has trouble finding the ingredients they can go to Ace hardware on line and have it shipped to their local Ace hardware store with no shipping charges.

Meghan said...

Wow, I was thrilled to find Super Washing Soda at our small-town Baldwin City Market! The cost was under $3 for 5.5 oz.
My 9 year-old and I are getting ready to make our first batch of laundry soap!