So it seems everyone has their own unique homemade laundry soap. I have never made it before so I wanted to. I also wanted to compare the cost of doing that vs. the time and money spent into purchasing laundry detergent with coupons.
First, with coupons, I have been able to buy Tide fairly cheap- usually around 50% off. Tide is expensive though, so I was still paying a few bucks for a regular sized bottle. I can also use All and Cheer, which I can usually find free if I wait around for Super Doubles.
On the other hand, some people can use Purex. I cannot. Purex, to me, is junk. It ruins your clothes and gives me hives and rashes. I have had weird sensitive skin since I was a child. So, if you are like me, here is my homemade laundry detergent that I used and haven’t had any issues with any issues:
Borax- about 2 cups
Arm and Hammer baking soda- about 3/4 cup (My area doesn’t have washing soda so I baked the baking soda on 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. Not sure what it’s even supposed to look like. Some say you should bake it and some don’t. Up to you!)
OxiClean Stain Lifter- about 1 cup
Clearly Natural soap- 1 bar, grated
– Every recipe I found said to use Ivory or some other kind that would be in the detergent isle. Well, I’m also allergic to Ivory and figured I would try an all natural soap. People say you can use any soap–just not one with too much scent. This soap worked great for this. It is a glycerin based soap and was super easy to shred with my grater.
Cost: $5.75. I still have a ton left in all of those items to make more. I just wanted to do a trial and error first. I also used coupons for the OxiClean, which made it only $0.50.
Results: I made two jars out of that batch. When I make the rest, I will just put it in a large container. I use about 2 tablespoons per load and love the results! I don’t have any residue from the soap, as some report having. My clothes have also came out super clean & not as potent smelling as the store bought detergents.
So, it only cost me $5.75. I estimate I will be able to get at least 150 loads, when I make the rest of my batch.
Time spent at store and preparing: 25 minutes. I will GLADLY spend under $6.00 to make my own laundry detergent. It’s better quality, in my opinion, and instead of clipping coupons, organizing, and rushing to the store when it goes on sale, it’s worth it!
Also, I have read to use white vinegar in the rinse cycle, which is said to help with clothes the dry on the line. I love using my clothesline– saves on money and is earthy! FYI- the white vinegar DOES help with stiffness! You don’t need to use a lot at all. I use only about 2-3 tablespoons. Otherwise, your clothes might smell a little vinegary.