A long time ago in my search for ways to save money I came along a few home-made products on blogs I wanted to try. With the advent of Pinterest, Khaleef was very excited as well about the buffet of products we could be making at home using more natural ingredients and at less expense.
One of the things that quickly made it to the top of the list was making our own homemade laundry detergent powder. Although I loved the idea, doing it was another story. Khaleef and I had stored a good amount of detergent through using our coupon database, so there was no urgency to replenish the supply.
Sometime last year my interest again was piqued by one of my favorite bloggers, Amanda from Frugal Confessions, who posted a ‘recipe’ on Facebook and shared that she was attempting to make and use the detergent. When we met up at Fincon ’12, I was able to ask her about her satisfaction with the detergent and MOST importantly, she allowed me to sniff her clothes. (Eh, I don’t make qualms about the important stuff!) Since she smelled pretty nice, I figured I would give it a try (Thanks Amanda!).
Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder
After the conference our detergent stash was running low, so I was reminded to try this method as opposed to purchasing some named brand product. There were quite a few recipes online with few variations. I just settled on one and I was very satisfied with the results! I used Emily’s recipe from Joyful Abode with a minor substitution, I used Fels Naptha soap instead of Ivory.
This time, due to laziness, I chose to purchase Zote laundry flakes instead of grating soap at all! Some people find the scents of Fels Naptha and Zote pretty strong, it’s just a matter of preference. I happen to like them both.
I also decided to make a few other changes this time around. Over at One Good Thing, Jillee previously added Purex Crystals for fabric softener to her home made laundry detergent recipe. She found that Epsom salt with some essential oil was an equal and more cost effective replacement for the fabric softener crystals she previously relied on for her detergent.
Her measurement for this is 1/4 cup of epsom salt per load that you mix directly with your homemade laundry detergent. She also uses an oxygen cleaner that was easy to find at Walmart. Although I didn’t use the exact measurements she did, I came in pretty close.
Here are the ingredients I purchased from Walmart, along with the prices:
- 55 oz. Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – $3.24
- 64 oz. (4 lb) Arm & Hammer Baking Soda – $2.24
- 76 oz. 20 Mule Team Borax – $3.38
- 17.6 oz Zote Laundry Flakes– $2.64
- (64 0z. Epsom Salt – $2.86) – I just used a box I had lying around. I checked the internet for a price, but you can probably get it at a dollar store.
- 96 oz. Sun Oxygen Cleaner- $5.47
Also, i have been a bit (a bit = WAY TOO) heavy handed in my use of the soap according to my sources, and so I’ve scaled back to the recommended 2 Tablespoons per load, although sometimes I still have to get a little extra in there!
How Homemade Laundry Detergent Can Save You Money
So, let’s do a little math.
Total for supplies = $19.83
So, if $19.83 is about 34 cups of detergent, at 3 Tbls per load (because I am occasionally heavy-handed), the detergent should last us for at least 181 loads. The cost then is $.11/load!!!! (2 Tbls, that cost is $.07/load) Using less detergent than I have been, it should definitely last us longer than the 4-5 months the first batch lasted us.
Have you tried making your own home made laundry detergent or any other home made supplies?
Has making your own supplies made noticeable differences in your wallet, and/or health of your family?
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