I ran across a recipe for making your own laudry detergent. Being frugal-minded, I decided to give it a try.
I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. My wife and daughters have sensitive skin and we can only use a few store-bought laundry detergents that won’t break out their skin. The recipe that I found calls for Fels Naptha Soap, but I just used the Safeguard we already bathe with. When I broke down the cost per load, it came out to 2-4¢ per load. To see if this is going to save you money, divide the cost of your detergent by the number of loads is “claims” you can wash with it. We were buying a cheaper detergent in the store and the cost per load was still around 10¢ per load. When you wash as many clothes as we do, it adds up fast! Plus, we don’t have to worry about the detergent irritating sensitive skin.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking…”Why spend the time to grate up soap when I can just buy powder ready to wash with?” Well, if you need to save money, why not try it? Also, my girls have a blast helping me make this stuff. And my 13 year old son says “It smells very refreshing.” It should, he bathes in the same bar soap! It makes 4 cups and fits perfectly in a cleaned out plastic butter tub. I put a 2 tablespoon medicine cup in there (from the Walgreens brand Wal-Flu cold medicine, to be exact). I use that scoop to measure my detergent, it’s quick and easy. The recipe I use is below:
Powdered Laundry Detergent
2 Cups Finely Grated Soap (you should be able to use whatever bar soap you bathe with already)
1 Cup Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda – Found on the laundry detergent aisle, if not, ask the store to start ordering it for you)
1 Cup Borax
Use 2 tablespoons of powder per load.
There are other recipes out there for liquid detergent, but I didn’t want the hassle of having to melt the soap, or boil anything. Storage of 5 gallons of liquid detergent was also an issue. The above recipe will make 4 cups of detergent, enough to wash approximately 64 loads. If you have more space to store the detergent, you can double, triple, or quadruple the recipe, of course. But I like my little butter tub with 4 cups in it, it doesn’t take up much room at all in my laundry cabinet.
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