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No one told me that more than half of my day as a mom would revolve around laundry. There’s seriously always something laundry related to do…
Sorting, stain treating (with a hubby in construction and two small kiddos there is always a new and exciting stain to try and remove), soaking, hand-washing, machine washing, line drying, drying in the dryer, cleaning the actual cleaning machines (yuck!), folding, sorting (again), putting everyone’s clean clothes away, helping dirty clothes find their way into the hamper and the cycle starts all over.
Putting all that work into a number comes down to an average of two loads of laundry every week day and one load a day on the weekends. This might be a little bit more than some people, but since we have eliminated most disposable items from our home I do have extra cleaning rags/towels to wash (I also have a paranoia of things smelling so I like to wash them before any funk can set in).
Then there are the actual cleaning supplies needed to get said-laundry done. And boy are they expensive… most name brand laundry soaps in my area for go about $18 for a large bottle (that’s 96 loads @ $0.18 per load). Add in dryer sheets, fabric softeners, scent boosters, and stain treaters… and I have now spend most of my grocery budget on laundry supplies alone. “Sorry guys, no meat this week. Momma needs to wash your underwear.” Yeah that would never fly in my house.
One of my many responsibilities as a stay at home mom is being the Chief Financial Officer of daily household finances, it fell on me to find a way to make having clean clothes to wear and meat on the table a feasible reality.
So this year I started making my own powdered laundry soap – and I’m never going back to the watered down liquid stuff again! It’s cheap, it works, and it’s strangely satisfying to clean something with cleaners that you made yourself (maybe that one’s just me – please say it’s not just me).
What You’ll Need:
- Grater (you can use your kitchen one just be sure to thoroughly wash it – or grab one like this and keep it for random non-food uses like this)
- 5 gallon bucket with lid (or a large Rubbermaid container with lid)
- 1 box of 20 Mule Team Borax (65 oz) $4.47
- 1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55 oz) $4.12
- 1 large box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4 lb) ~$2.50
- 1 tub of Oxi Clean Powder – I use the Odor Blasters variety (3 lb) $7.88
- 2 bars of Zote Laundry Bar Soap (pink, white, or both) (14.1 oz) $1.08 each – OR – 3 bars of Fels Naptha Laundry Bars (5.5 oz) ~$1.00 each
- 1 container Purex Crystals In-Wash Scent Booster (15.5oz) $2.97 (optional – but leaves a very pleasant scent!)
How To Make Your Own Laundry Soap:
Step 1: Gather all ingredients and supplies. You can get the items individually at your local Walmart or in a pinch you can order a diy laundry soap kit – with Fels Naptha, baking soda, and Borax – on Amazon and have it delivered right to your door!
Step 2: Dump your powdered ingredients and scent booster into the bucket. It doesn’t matter what order you do it in… it’s all getting mixed together.
Step 3: Grab a seat and grate your bars of soap into the bucket. Note: I have used the Fels Naptha and the Zote (in separate batches) and they work equally as well. The benefit of having the Fels Naptha on hand is that it is hands down the best stain remover. Simply wet the garment and rub the soap bar on the offending stain. Trust me, it works wonders!
Step 4: Place the lid on the bucket and shake vigorously. That’s right… shake out some of that frustration and work on those biceps momma!
Step 5: Fill up the empty Oxi Clean bucket with your freshly made laundry soap and go get a load of laundry done!
I use 1-2 Tablespoons per load – depending on how grimey the clothes are. Although I wash 90% of my wash in cold water (I will do anything to keep the oil burner from kicking on), I have used it in cold and hot water alike with great success!
Let’s Do The Math:
- 1 batch equals approximately 260 loads
- 1 batch lasts for almost 22 weeks (at 12 loads per week)
- 1 batch costs $19.63
- That’s only $0.07 per load!
- That’s a saving of $68 a year… yes please!
This is such a simple diy laundry soap… and it works better than the premade liquid detergents! And you can customize the scent by using any brand of scent boosters or even mixing them to make your own unique laundry scent.
Great smelling clothes and money back in your budget… what more could a momma want?