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Since we are almost done with our last bottle of laundry soap and I am trying to make more of my own cleaners this year I decided to set out and gather the ingredients for DIY laundry soap. It was way cheaper than I thought it would be and that made me one happy momma! I scoured the Internet for all different types of laundry soap until I found one which I felt would best suit my families needs. I have a tomboy 10 year old daughter who is always climbing in trees and running around outside getting full of dirt, grime, and grass stains. I also have a very busy 3 year old boy who gets into everything possible from food, paints, markers, and anything else you can imagine. The best recipe I found was on a blog called Being Creative to Keep my Sanity. She seems to have the same issues with kids getting messy :) There are many other recipes I found as well, Tip Nut seems to have the most variety for different laundry soap recipes. I prefer powder detergent so that cut my list down dramatically. You can see there are many more for liquid soap than there are for the powder version.
1 - 3lb 7oz Box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda $3.24
1 - 4lb 12oz Box of Borax $3.38
1 - 2lb Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda $1.19
2 - Sun Oxygen Cleaner (off brand OxiClean) $3.92
3 - Fels Naptha Soap Bars $2.91
Total Cost: $14.64
I found all these items at WalMart in the laundry section except for the baking soda. That I found in the baking isle. You will notice in my recipe I only used 2 lbs of baking soda where as the one I was referenced called for 4 lbs. Honestly, my WalMart didn't have the 4 lb box and from everything I read the baking soda is mainly to help if you have hard water or well water which we have neither so instead of skipping it altogether I decided to just use half of what she called for. Also, if you are not brave like me you can half this or reduce it for your trial.
Just to give you an idea of how much this recipe makes when I placed the soap in my containers they yielded 7.5 quarts. That is a lot of soap! To try and figure the cost it got a little tricky. I have no way of really knowing how many loads I will get out of them other than to do a google conversion into tablespoons. That means there are 480 TBS in 7.5 quarts. Each load will only require 1-2 TBS depending on the size and filth of the load. Since I know my family will make messes I will estimate 300 loads meaning more often than not I will probably use 2 TBS. That means $0.05 per load! Definitely a money saver and it takes less than 30 minutes to make!
Here's a little comparison for you:
Tide Original Powder, 80 loads 116-ounce: $21.99 or $0.27/load
Gain Original Powder, 150 load 172-ounce: $30.99 or $0.21/load
Cheer BrightClean Powder, 120 loads 169-ounce: $33.17 or $0.28/load
Arm and Hammer Powder, 100 loads 6.61 lbs: $16.94 or $0.17/load
That's enough for me to spend 30 minutes making laundry soap! Here is how you make it:
- Use a hand held grater (the finest one) to get your soap into the consistency of shredded cheese.
|It should look like this...pretty much like cheese, but don't eat it LOL|
- You will need a large 5 gallon bucket to do the rest. I forgot to pick one up so I enrolled my husband to help me mix it in a garbage bag. Just dump everything in and mix well. It's really that easy!
|Mixed powder laundry soap|
- Once everything is fully mixed you will need to transfer the soap into containers. I had some old containers we used for snacks and cereal in the past with a screw top so I know they will stay closed tightly. I also saved one of the Oxygen containers for easy transport to the laundry facility (we are in an apartment and don't have our own right now).
|Laundry Soap Containers...one with scoop and for ease of transporting|
I did not use any vinegar or other rinse aid with my initial loads, but most likely will add some sort of pretty smells in the future. You can always add fabric softener or vinegar to your rinse cycle, downy ball, or fabric softener compartment if you wish. The true test to me was whether or not the clothes would come out stain free, odor free, and just overall clean. I am thinking I will add essential oil scented vinegar for the pretty smells :)
I know there are lots of questions out there about making your own laundry soap. And I wish I had the answer for everyone. I found a great FAQ section HERE. If you still can't find your answer feel free to ask me and I will do my best to answer any questions you have.
I am hoping this is a sign of good things to come, but as with everything else in life you need to find what works for your family. If you have hard water you will want more baking soda. If you have allergies or sensitivities only use what you know will not irritate your skin. Test small amounts and play with it until you find what works for you.
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