Our family is struggling and it’s not easy to admit that. I work hard on my blog and my husband works hard out of the house. I cut corners everywhere I can to help stretch our budget as far as possible. One of those places is in laundry detergent.
I make my own and it’s pretty easy once you find the products you need. Usually, my local Walmart has them all. The homemade version of laundry soap in my opinion works much better than the bought versions. One of the issues I had though is that I like heavy scented detergent to kill those stubborn smells the boys bring home.
Ingredients to buy in advance:
20 Mule Team Borax 3.97
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 3.97
Fels Naptha Soap .97 X 6
Arm & Hammer Clean Sensations Freshness Booster $4.97
1 5gal pail
Each batch makes 640 oz of laundry soap and this makes a total of 6+ batches for a total of 3840 oz.
Bought laundry detergent is about 7.5cents per oz for about $288
So making your own is give or take a savings of $269
I make this one batch at a time or the mixture gets too hard to mix and contain.
1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap Grated
1/2 Cup of Borax
1 Cup of Washing Soda
1/4 Cup of Scented Booster
In a large pot bring 1 gallon of water to boil, turn it down to simmer and add the grated soap. Stir until disolved. Add 4 gallons of hot water to the pail. Stir in Borax, Washing Soda, and Scented Booster. Stir until it is 100% disolved and add the cooked soap mixture to the pail and stir well (about 2 minutes or so). Cover and let the mixture sit over night.
When you open the container it will be the constency of a thick goo. You can do one of two things. Use it this way one cup at time or thin it with water and use 2 cups at a time. I have old laundry soap containers that I keep and I refill them and so I think mine.
This is also great for pretreating stains. I have filled a spray bottle with this solution and thin so it will go through the spray nozzle and apply to stains. It works well and saves me a lot of money.