I recently discovered a recipe for homemade laundry soap. Seemed easy and cheap, so I figured I’d try it.
Here’s what I bought
55 oz box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – $2.79
4 lb 12 oz box of 20 Mule Team Borax – $2.98
10 pack of Ivory soap (4.5 oz bars) – $3.76
Total: $9.53 ($10.32 with tax)
Got the Borax and soap at Wal-Mart and the Super Washing Soda at a grocery store (Fry’s) since I couldn’t find it at Wal-Mart.
Here’s what I did
Shaved a bar of soap into a bowl with my cheese grater.
Dumped in 1/2 cup of borax.
Dumped in 1/2 cup of washing soda.
Mixed thoroughly with my hand.
That’s it. I am storing it in a ziploc bag but will move it to an empty yogurt container once we eat all the yogurt. I assume it’ll be cheaper than my regular detergent because the ingredients were so cheap, but I’m not sure how to figure it out. I can price my normal detergent next time I’m at Costco and figure out how much it costs per load (and divide by 3 since I only use about 1/3 of a scoop for each load). But I’m not really sure how to figure the price-per-load for the homemade stuff. Matt from Debt Free Adventure estimates the price-per-load in his post, but his ingredients cost more than mine.
Now I just have to try it. I’ll probably do a load of laundry a few days from now.