I want to make these homemade cleaners and see if they really are cheaper and work better. I started with the Homemade Laundry Detergent posted over at Being Creative blog.
And I LOVE it!! Our clothes come out so much cleaner and whiter! I can’t believe I can notice a difference. And a tablespoon is all that is needed per load. I have a HE washer and I just put one tablespoon in the dispenser. This recipe makes a huge batch. This batch it going to last me a long time.
I am keeping track and will let you know when I run out and how many loads I was able to get from this one batch of homemade laundry detergent. But the blogger over at Being Creative said her batch lasted 9 months and she averages 8 loads a week. So we’ll see.
So here are the 5 ingredients needed with what they cost at Walmart:
Borax (76 oz) found in the detergent aisle: $3.49
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4 lbs): $2.16
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55 oz) found in the detergent aisle: $3.24
3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap found in the detergent isle: 97¢ each
Oxy Clean (4 lbs) found in the detergent isle: $7.52
Do note that upon further research of homemade laundry detergents, I found that Oxy Clean is optional, but I used it since Being Creative did. But if you left it out, it would be cheaper. Also I found many recipes that left out the Baking Soda too. Check out this 3 ingredient laundry soap recipe. But I used all 5 ingredients listed and am so pleased with the results. Next time I may try just the 3 ingredients (anyone done this?).
So this batch costs just under $20 ($19.32). I will have to see how long it lasts, how many loads I get to see if it is cheaper than the Tide I buy with coupons (I need to see how many loads I get with the Tide).
Anyway, here’s how you make your own laundry soap. Very easy and quick.
First you grate your 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap using a cheese grater.
Here’s David and Jonathan grating the soap. This was one of their chores, which they loved. I just had my boys grate the soap right into the bucket that was going to hold the laundry soap.
The soap looks like cheese.
Toss all ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket and stir well. This homemade laundry detergent smells so good, not strong at all.
As you see, I just used the 5 gallon bucket to hold the laundry soap. You could certainly store the soap differently. I have seen many out in blogland use a big glass cookie jar. . so pretty. . but my kids would break that (they do their own laundry). This 5 gallon bucket was only $4 at Walmart. I keep a tablespoon inside.
So are you gonna try it? Do you already make your own laundry detergent? Do you use this recipe or a different one? Do tell. What other cleaners do you make? The next on my list is the Tub & Shower Magic. I will be sure to let you know how that turns out too. And then who knows, perhaps I'll move on to making my own bread?! (anyone do that and have a recipe they love?)
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