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DIY laundry soap

In our quest to become greener and thriftier, we started making our own laundry detergent at home.

laundry detergent

The essential tools.

It is a pretty simple thing to do and will save you a boatload of money.  Now, I haven’t done all the math to show exactly how much it costs, how many loads you can do, how long it normally lasts us, cost per load etc.  But I can tell you that all the ingredients listed in this picture were under $10.  The price for borax has since shot up, but you will get about 10-15 gallons of detergent out of each box.

The first batch we ever made lasted us at 6 months, the next batch lasted closer to a year.  We started out using way more than we needed!  Some people claim to add 5 drops of essential oil to their bucket for some smell good clothing.  I used to be “Tide” obsessed.  Nothing else would do when it came to washing my clothes.  Now, I can’t tell a difference.  But I can tell a huge difference in the $$$ savings per year.

What you will need:

5 Gallon bucket (check Freecycle.com = $0)

2 cups Borax

2 cups Washing Soda (not to be mistaken with baking soda)

1 Bar of Soap (preferably natural ivory soap)

Box Grater

Cooking Pot

2 Quarts Water

Let’s Begin:

Bring water to boil in pot.

melted soap

melting the soap

While you are waiting, finely grate the entire bar of soap the add it to the water.  Stir until the soap is melted.

Add the water mixture to the bucket as well as the Borax and Washing Soda.  Stir to combine.

Add about 3 gallons of hot water, stirring again.

laundry detergent

Pop a lid on it and that’s it!

In the end you, will have a thick, gel-like substance that will need to be shaken or stirred before you scoop it out and into the washer.  Use 1/4 cup of detergent per load of laundry.  Also can be used as a pre-treater for tough stains.

For about 20 minutes worth of time and a few bucks, you have at least half a years worth of detergent for a 2 person household.  Now kick back and relax while your significant other does “your dirty undies Dude… the whites!”

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