How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
Have you wondered How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent? Laundry Detergent can be very expensive especially if you have kids. In my house hold, I doing at least 2-3 loads per day and Laundry Detergent can be very expensive. It forced me to start making my own Laundry Detergent Soap and I got a yearly pay raise of $132 by doing so.
How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent Soap?
I’d heard about How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent. It also perked my ears up to the savings. But I dismissed it because we have children with allergies and sensitivities. It also sounded so… out there. I thought we’d stick to our monthly purchase of $11 for a 4.68 quart All Free and Clear from the warehouse club. Then my mother started Making her own laundry detergent for herself. She brought us a gallon in a milk jug to try. We promptly used it up in about a week. My mind started calculating the savings. Nana ordered the ingredients on Ebay for around $10 with shipping. She brought them over. We made it a family project. We made our first batch in about half an hour. It was a learning curve. And it made a bunch! Two six gallon containers to be exact. That was July. Six months later, in January, we were getting low. Did you catch that? I don’t know about you but I can deal with making my own laundry detergent every six months. Not plunking down $11 x 6 = $66. A few weeks ago we tried a new recipe by Raising Olives. The three ingredients I already had on hand. I’d picked up the Fels Naptha when I discovered it high on the shelf of my local grocery store. Middle girl shredded the soap with the handy shedder. We dissolved it in warm water on the stove then added in the baking soda. The new batch made enough to fill an old container of All plus a gallon milk jug. So, an amount equal to two of the store-bought 4.68 qt. I surely can handle three ingredients: water, baking soda (approx. 10 cents for 2 cups) and a bar of soap (Fels Naptha $1.29, Ivory or Irish Spring).
Total = $1.39 for homemade laundry detergent. Rough cost comparison: All Free and Clear (4.68 qt) = $11 Homemade (4.68 + 4 qt milk jug) = approx 70 cents each
Recipe here: Raising Olives Homemade Laundry Detergent Next time around I’m trying the powdered version. Why not for variety? My friend, Jenny, shared this recipe:
Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap
- 1 box of borax
- 1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1 bar of soap, grated (you can use Dial, Ivory, Fels Naptha, or Zote)
- Combine all ingredients and store in a container.
- To use: 2 tbsp per load of laundry (no that’s not a typo) If the laundry is really dirty, I will add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the wash.
Homemade laundry detergent. Works for my single mother, works for our family of seven. I’ve found the freedom of frugal living. Thanks for allowing me share my yearly pay raise. Dave Ramsey would be proud! How about you? Could you handle just three ingredients and a pay raise?
-Tricia homeschools five children from preschool to middle school. You can find her facing that daily dose of chaos at Hodgepodge.