I feel like I am a little late on this. Not to the making laundry soap scene, but talking about it. If you google it or look for a recipe on Pinterest- there are a gazillion recipes. Since I started making our laundry soap over 6 years ago, I cannot source it, and my recipe has changed several times.
Why make laundry soap yourself?
It’s cheap. It’s easy. And there are only as many ingredients in it as you allow. You can even “scent” it with essential oils. Between the ingredients for this homemade laundry soap and my all-purpose cleaner, I don’t need any other cleaning products. These do it all.
I first started making laundry soap when my oldest was just a wee baby. We weren’t broke or down on our luck, I just had this feeling I needed to protect this little baby from all these un-natural chemicals. A few years later, we did go through some really, really rough financial times & it certainly helped to save pennies wherever we could.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
A large container. I use a large, round plastic container with a lid. It might have been given to us with Christmas cookies inside. It’s what I had. No need to go buy a fancy container- recycle & reuse what you’ve got laying around! A lid is handy to have too.
A cheese grater that grates “fine”. Like the one in your kitchen. Again, just use what you have. Don’t go out an buy a designated laundry-soap-makin’ cheese grater. Remember, it’s gonna have soap on it- it’ll wash 😉
Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe
3 cups of Borax. I use this kind.
3 cups of Washing Soda. Like this.
2 cups of Baking Soda (we have hard water & I really think this helps get them cleaner)
Mix all of the ingredients well & store in your laundry room in that container I was talking about. It is kind of a pain to clean up if it spills, so I store mine out of the way where I’m unlikely to knock it over. Not that I would know about that or anything.
This is the great part- when washing your clothes with this homemade laundry soap, I only use 1/4 a cup of the mix. This is seriously all it needs. Unless it’s a super soiled or heavy load, then I might add a scoop or two more. You won’t see the signature suds of commercial laundry detergent. That’s just another chemical added to commercial cleaners to give you a sense of “clean”.
Really? Only 1/4 a cup per load?
Yes. Trust me. This will clean your clothes. I have 2 small kids that are super messy & this works on their clothes too!
So how much money does this save?
Well first off, it depends on the commercial laundry soap you were previously buying. We were using a brand that rhymes will “mall” and despite it’s so-called “stain lifters”, we found ourselves using more and more in each load to get our clothes clean. It seemed like all we were getting was a glorified bottle of bubble bath. So our pre-homemade price was $5 a week, $4.50 if we found a coupon- keep in mind that $5 bottle was supposed to last 30 loads. I was absolutely NOT washing 30 loads per week. I might wash 30 loads in a whole month.
Let’s break down the cost of the homemade laundry soap:
1 box Borax – $3.29 (divided by 2- the # of batches this should make)
1 box Washing Soda – $3.29 (divided by 2- the # of batches this should make)
1 large box of Baking Soda – $2.12 (divided by 2- the # of batches this should make)
2 bars of Fels-Naptha $.97 x2 OR 1 (3 pack) Ivory Soap $1.29
Total per batch of laundry soap: $6.29
40 loads of laundry per batch = $.15 per load
Saved the Elston household: $.48 per load or about $15 a month
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Hooked on making your own products & need more recipes? Check out these posts:
Good Girl Gone Green http://www.goodgirlgonegreen.com/diy/7-uses-for-vinegar-while-cleaning
The Prairie Homestead http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2010/10/frugal-natural-carpet-cleaner.html