I finally got around to making laundry detergent! The most difficult part, by far, was finding a place that sells Fels Naptha and Washing Soda. I finally found it at Ace Hardware!
Here's the $$$$ breakdown. (Math done by modcottage):
Cost to make your own: Around $2 per batch. This is about 5.7 cents per load (using 2 tablespoons for each load, you get about 35 loads).. Arm & Hammer laundry detergent is about 12.4 cents per load.Tide detergent is 30 cents and more per load.
Here's the recipe. (Also thanks to modcottage ):
1 bar of Fels Naptha soap...grated on the cheese grater!
1C. Washing Soda
Mix it all together and tada! It only takes 2 tablespoons for a large load. (You can also add 1C. of Oxy Clean if you so desire!)
The one thing to remember is to start the washer on HOT water so the soap can dissolve and then move it to cold if that's what you normally do.
Also, there are lots of recipes online for liquid homemade laundry detergent. But, that involves actually having a place to store a 2 gallon bucket of laundry soap. So...I went with the powdered version.
Thanks for celebrating the More With Less world with me!
What do you do to simplify?