I don’t know about you, but have you noticed the price of laundry soap these days? Whether it is in liquid or dry form (do they still make dry form?), you pay a pretty penny for what seems like 20 loads worth along with a whole lot of wasteful plastic packaging.
So late last year (around Christmas time), I came across a recipe for a home-made laundry soap and decided to give it a whirl. I wanted to test drive the formula first before writing up a blog post and I must say that after 5 months of using the home-made stuff, I am hooked.
I will no longer go back to buying commercially made laundry detergents. It cleans just as good as any commercial product for a fraction of the price and without the use of perfumes and chemicals.
Here is all you need and incidentally, all 3 are available in the detergent aisle of major grocery stores:
4 Cups of Washing Soda (not Baking Soda, it is NOT the same thing)
4 Cups of Borax (powdered)
One Bar of Laundry Soap, grated (4 cups)
Grate the laundry soap with a fine grater, you don’t want large chunks, think finely grated parmesan. By the way, if you are like me, you’ll be tempted to ‘snack’ on the ‘cheese’ you are grating like I do when I normally grate cheese….trust me, DON’T…soap tastes like…well soap…
The bar of soap I purchased grated to exactly 4 cups worth, and the recipe is equal parts of the 3 ingredients.
Measure out all the ingredients into one large bowl and using a potato masher, combine the ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
Once combined, transfer the laundry soap to a re-sealable container (I picked this 12-cup one up at the dollar store) and then just use an old 1 tablespoon scoop to dispense from.
For a small to medium load, use one scoop, for larger loads or those that are heavily soiled, use 2 scoops.
Now I have just made my second batch of detergent since the beginning of the year, and we do about 4 loads of laundry a week, so 12 cups of detergent lasted me about 18 weeks… that is 72 loads of laundry!
So here is the cost of individual ingredients:
Linda Laundry Soap ~ $1.99
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda ~ $6.49 for a 3 kg box. I only used about a 1/3rd of a box per batch, about $2.16)
Borax ~ $5.49 for a 2 Kg box. I used less than half a box, about $2.75
$1.99 + $2.16 + $2.75 = $6.90 per batch OR 0.09¢ PER LOAD
So how this that for saving money? Works for me!
Note: This detergent is very low in suds, so it is safe to use in frontload HE machines.