I bet you think it would be impossible to spend only $28 a year for laundry detergent and that doesn't include using coupons to cut down the entire cost. I definitely use coupons whenever I can in general, however, I don't have a coupon for laundry detergent right now and my current laundry detergent stock is running out. This gave me the perfect opportunity to try to own homemade laundry detergent and spend as little as possible.
I found this recipe and the total cost buying all the ingredients at Walmart is $28. I read this laundry detergent recipe will last a year, if you wash six loads a week and use only 2 tablespoons of detergent a load because that is all it takes. I guess you will have to come back in a year from this post to see if my detergent lasted a whole year, right?
This is the cost break down:
Zote bar soap (14.1oz) - 97 cents
Oxi-clean (3 lb) - $7.52
Purex Crystals (large bottle) - $8.96
Arm & Hammer baking soda (4 lb) - $2.66
Arm & Hammer super washing soda (3 lb 7 oz) - $3.24
Borax (4 lb 12 oz) - $3.38
*instead of Zote soap, you can use Fels Naptha soap, you will need two small bars
You also need a box grater, a large container and a spoon or mixing utensil.
To make the soap, pour the Boraz, both baking sodas, the Oxi-Clean and crystals into the large container.
I poured all the powders into a trash bag, which seemed like a great idea at the beginning and then while mixing all the ingredients together, the bag started ripping at the bottom, not good!
In another container, grate the soap and be prepared to give your arm a work-out. Once the soap is grated, pour it into the the large container with the other soap ingredients.
Then stir, mix, and stir again. Once the laundry soap is "made", keep it in the large container if there is a lid or pour the soap into containers that have lids.
Like I said earlier, you only need 2 tablespoons of this soap per load and that lid that came on the Purex crystals have three lines on it, the middle line is about 2 tablespoons.
I filled up the Oxi-Clean container and bought a 16 quart container so this recipe makes lots of laundry detergent, be warned if you don't have a large enough container!
That is it, lots of laundry detergent and not a lot of money!
Has anyone else made homemade laundry detergent and had good success with it lasting a long time and making it on the cheap side?
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