Monday, May 20, 2013

Homemade laundry soap


Confession: I. Am. Frugal.
I don't want to spend money on things if I don't have to. Some probably would call me cheap in some senses. I also really care about the environment, I like to run, bike, hike, ski, walk, camp, and be outside, so I personally try as hard as I can (some times it goes better than others) to be as environmentally conscientious as I can.

Today's post is brought to you by my frugality. A couple years ago while living on a graduate student's budget (read that line as "ridiculously small") I needed laundry detergent and as I was in a big box store staring at my options of detergent I became frustrated and decided several things: I don't have a clue what 90% of the ingredients actually were, this was going on my body, and I hated the price of a gallon of detergent. Sooooo I began to do my research and started looking at some make your own options for laundry soap. I soon realized I needed to decide liquid or powder. Previously I had ALWAYS used liquid laundry detergent, why?, because that's what mom used. As I began reading about the make your own liquid detergent I realized I wasn't really interested in having a five gallon bucket of liquid detergent sitting around my dorm room (read ridiculously small space) and began pondering the powdered stuff.

Then it happened, I stumbled upon someone's recipe (I wish I knew who I got this recipe from, but due to it's ridiculous simplicity I have it memorized and no longer have any idea where I got the recipe from).




RECIPE for HOMEMADE DRY LAUNDRY DETERGENT:
1 cup washing soda
1 cup Borax
1 bar of ridiculously cheap soap - I use dove with no fragrance or lotions in them (the no fragrance or lotions is key)

I think I have calculated it costs me about 3 cents per load.

I use an old plastic container from my kitchen to store my detergent in and make two batches at at time (because that is what my container will hold). I first put in two cups of washing soda, two cups of borax, and then shred up two bars of soap. I use my kitchen cheese grater and wash it well when I am done. I have used it for a couple years and it is fine.

Once I have everything in the container I mix it up well and call it a party.

I use one rounded tablespoon of the detergent per load.
I do pre-treat any major stains just as I would anything else and I use whatever stain treater is on sale when my previous bottle runs dry.



Do you make your own laundry soap?
Do you have any diy recipes you want to share?

8 comments:

  1. I'm cheap but my husband is not, so we clash on shopping lists! I'll have to try this!
    emma @ amomrunsthistown.com

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    1. I seriously love this laundry soap.

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  2. OK this is awesome!! 3 cents per load?! Hello! Love this! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    1. This soap even gets out the stink from my sweaty running clothes.

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  3. My mom does this same thing. I may have to try it!

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  4. ONE rounded tablespoon? Really? Just one? Does it leave a good, bad, neutral, or no smell? ONE tablespoon?

    Where do you buy that stuff, btw (Remember, I'm definitely NOT the shopper at our house).

    I am interested in trying this. Does it gunk up your plumbing or anything?

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    1. I have been using this for over two years at my house and have had zero issues.

      One rounded tablespoon is all it takes.
      I think it smells good, clothes smell clean to me.

      I buy the stuff at Target usually - sometimes at Cub. I am sure Walmart would have the stuff too. Borax and Washing Soda are actually common washing products.

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