So, if you had told me 10 years ago that in my not-so-distant future I would be making my own laundry soap, I would have laughed at you. In fact, I was probably not even aware that you could do such a thing. And if I were, I probably would have thought it was an odd thing to do – you know like something only those crazy “crunchy” homeschooling (*gasp*) people might do.
Funny how things change.
So, do you REALIZE how much laundry soap costs these days? It’s CRAZY. So, in my one-income quest to save our family money, I began looking at other options. I’ve now been making my own laundry detergent for almost a year now, and honestly, I have no negative things to say about the process. For less than $10 you can buy all the supplies to make your own laundry detergent that will last you for MONTHS. Really. Now, I haven’t crunched the actual numbers to tell you exactly how much you would save over the course of 6 months or a year, but let me tell you, it’s significant!
So, how do you make it? 3 ingredients (well, 4 if you add an essential oil, but that’s optional):
1 bar of ivory soap, grated
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda (not baking soda)
These things can all be found in your regular grocery store. The borax and washing soda are on the laundry aisle. I do like to add 10 drops of an essential oil (either rose or eucalyptus) to add a bit of fragrance, but that’s unnecessary.
That’s it! Finely grate the soap, add a cup each of the washing soda and borax, and then mix well. For my HE washer, I use 2 Tbs. per load.
I don’t think I could ever go back to paying full price on laundry soap again!
Now, dishwasher detergent, that’s another story. I tried for about 5-6 months to make my own dishwasher soap, but I don’t know if it’s just that our water is too hard or what, but even trying different recipes and combinations I never could get that “cloudy” look off my dishes, and I finally just went back to the store-bought stuff.