Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

My little Dude hand feeding the Pigs.
We do a lot of laundry at this house. A lot.  Some day I think my boys change their clothes more than girls, but then again, I doubt too many little girls spend part of their day trying to wrestle pigs.

See that is what happens almost daily when we head out to do chores.  3 little boys trying to tackle growing pigs. It funny to watch, but usually means a change of clothes when we come back in the house. Which is fine, but we do usually check the animals more than once a day . . . so our laundry pile grows quickly.  Back to the point . . .

We do a lot of laundry  & I finally discovered a home made laundry detergent I  like. It only require 3 ingredients & saves me a lot of $$. I usually go through about a big container of laundry detergent a month. (80+ loads a month)  Or close to. An average  of $15 dollars or so a month. Depending on which type I buy. This new detergent only cost me about $8.50 to make  & it last me somewhere between 3-4 months., usually closer to four. That means instead of spending  $15 or more dollars a month for clean clothes I only spend $2.25. It doesn't sound like much to some, but over the course of  a year I save over $150 dollars a month on only switching 1  item. That could add up.

Back to the soap. It saves some cash, I like it & it quick to make. You need 3 ingredients. Here is what they are:  a bar of  Fels -Naptha Soap, a Box of Borax, & a box of  Washing Soda. That is it.

Dial Corporation 76Oz 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry PretreaterChurch & Dwight Co 03020 Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

Here is what you do.  Grate the bar of Fels-Naptha. Put in a big container, dump the other 2 boxes in & mix.  Mix it as well as you can.

That is it. Homemade Laundry Detergent.  It works, it's simple & you only need 1 to 1 & 1/2 Tablespoons a Load. I have a HE Washer Machine  & I use it all the time.

I keep a small container like this one: & the rest somewhere else & just refill as needed.

When I do run out, I do switch to a different laundry detergent for about 3 weeks, and then I go back. Someone once told me it was better for your clothes if you rotate your type laundry detergent a little. So I do, but I use this most of the time.

Try it.

Then use that extra $150 dollars  a year on something you really enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. I know it took me long enough, but today I made a batch of soup! I actually made some liquid and powdered. We'll see how it works.
    Thanks for the idea!