Something I’ve seen on the internet and wanted to try is homemade laundry soap. There are lots of ‘recipes’ for this online, but I wanted a powder (for easier storage) and I have a high efficiency washing machine, so I needed something compatible with that. We also have never used things like fabric softener or oxyclean on a regular basis, so I didn’t want to start using those in my homemade laundry soap.
We’ve been using this for 3 weeks now, and have been really happy with it. It works great in our HE machines, leaves our clothes just as clean as the name-brand detergent we had been using, and is way cheaper. It also takes almost no time to make, and I keep it in a much cuter container than the detergent we had been buying (and I go through less plastic!).
I was able to find all the ingredients I needed at Walmart in the laundry section. Here’s the recipie I ended up using:
- 2 cups washing soda
- 2 cups borax
- 1 bar zote laundry soap (about 2 cups)
All I did was measure out two cups of each of the powders, and add them to a jar. Then grind up the laundry soap bar. I used a food processor, but a shredder would also work great. My biggest pieces were about 1/4″. I was worried this might be too large, but haven’t had any problems with them not dissolving or anything. I added this to the jar too, and shook it all together – done! This makes 6 cups of laundry soap, so you need a jar/container at least that big (6 cups is about 50 oz). This is actually in a smaller jar – a 34 oz SLOM jar from IKEA. You only need to use 1 tablespoon per load (!), so I have a little scoop in there left over from an old set of measuring spoons. I also cut out a cute vinyl label to go on the front.
All the supplies cost $9 at walmart, but I still have plenty of borax and washing soda leftover for future batches. With the leftover ingredients taken into account, the 6 cups of laundry soap comes out to $2.60. Since I only use 1 tablespoon per load, this comes out to 96 loads at under 3 cents per load! In comparison, I had been paying $12 for 64 loads worth of liquid laundry soap – about 19 cents per load. That may not be much per load, but its going to add up!