Ah Laundry Day. Does anyone actually like to do laundry? (insert sound of crickets here)
How much do you spend a month on Laundry detergent? Have you sat down and thought about it? I did. I guess I’m a geek like that. I was using Tide which sells at Walmart for $11.97 per bottle (which washes 64 loads). That is about 18 cents a load for anyone that cares.
I started making my own laundry detergent about 8 months ago. I’m sure this formula is on Pinterest, But I got it from the Queen of Free. I wrote on her facebook wall and she gave me the quick recipe.
A box of 20 Mule Team Boarox, a box of Super Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer), and 5 bars of Ivory soap. Also Pictured here is my very expensive “Laundry Soap Only Grater”. I went to the Dollar store and they had fancy colors so I got red!
So for those of you who are doing the math in your head.Borax = $3.38, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda = $3.24 , Ivory soap = $3.97 (for 10 bars, save half for next time.) = $10.59.
I do on average 5 loads a week of laundry. This equals 20 loads per month. This mixture lasted me 8 months! 20×8 = 160 loads. That comes out to 6 cents per load.
I had the soap grated and the other items stirred in, in about 10 minutes. You could shake it, but my container is not air tight so when I tried to shake it, it spilled. So I now stir. Live and learn, right?
When using this mixture I use two tablespoons. Three if it my husbands stinky fishing clothes. I also throw in some of those scented beads you can buy now. I started adding those a few months ago.
*****UPDATE****** December 2013
I just made a new batch of laundry soap. I used the pink Zote soap this time and Purex crystals for scent.