I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for years. I’ll share with you the recipe. Give it a try, it’s amazingly simple & one batch lasts a long time!
What you need: Borax, Washing Soda, bar soap, a cheese grater, a storage container, and a spare scoop. I’ve been able to find these products easily in stores. Smaller grocery stores may not have the washing soda-it tends to be the more difficult to find.
Use the cheese grater to grate the bar soap. My grater does not have a “fine” option, although I’ve never had a problem with larger slivers of soap. Add in two parts soap, one part borax, and one part washing soda. Use two tablespoons per load.
This is what the final product looks like:
I found all of the ingredients at Wal-Mart. But here are some links to where the items can be purchased online.
Borax: Found at Wal-Mart for $2.98 for a 76 oz. box ($.32 per cup)
Washing Soda: Found at Wal-Mart for $2.98 for a 55 oz. box ($.43 per cup). Below is a link to the least expensive online option I could find.
Bar Soap: I prefer Dial which can be found at Wal-Mart for $3.98 for 8 bars. ($.50 per cup)
How do the costs stack up?
The above recipe costs FIVE AND A HALF CENTS per load (assuming you use two tablespoons).
I found a large box of Tide Powder on Amazon.com for $33 including shipping. This was enough detergent for 80 loads of laundry. This equates to $.41 per load.
If you do ten loads a week, your savings is $3.55 per week!
I especially like this detergent because besides cleaning well, it does not contain any dyes or perfumes (unless you add in scented soap). The only downside I have found is the box of Borax is larger than the box of Washing Soda so I run out of them at different times. I’ve also added a little OxyClean to a load if I’m concerned about colors.
Give it a try–I’d love to hear your opinions!
In an effort to decrease my monthly grocery bill and to stretch my budget even further, I’ve been experimenting with making various foods from scratch. Here is a great recipe I found for fresh wheat bread:
Mix into a bowl:
3 1/2 cups bread flour
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon salt
Into a saucepan on the stove mix:
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons butter
Add “wet’ ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients.
Add one egg and beat all until smooth. When ingredients have formed a large ball, turn onto a floured surface and knead. Cover for about an hour to allow it to rise. Punch the dough down and allow it to sit covered for another 10 minutes. Divide into thirds and base at 350 for around 40 minutes or until golden brown.
The dough freezes very well so you can keep some in the freezer for use later on.