Have you made homemade laundry detergent before? I must confess I have not. But recently I have had a few people tell me how FABULOUS it is, and CHEAP too!
Today's FFL post is from Tricia, over at Jacobson's Journaling and Jibberish. She emailed me about her recipe for homemade laundry detergent. I have to try it! Thanks for sharing with us Tricia! Here is what she has to say:
I bought: new 5 gallon bucket $4.64
Baking Soda: $1.00
3 bars of Ivory soap (any non/low-sudsing soap will do): $1.07
I grated one bar of soap into an old pot, added 4 cups of hot tap water, and melted it on the stove. Then I poured that into my bucket, and added 1 cup of baking soda, and 1/2 cup of Borax.
When it looked like that was all stirred up and dissolved, I added more hot tap water to fill my bucket and put the lid on. I'll let that sit overnight, and when I run out of my super-expensive Tide detergent made especially for front loaders, I'll use that empty container and funnel this in!
Update: I bought an oil essence at my favorite bead store for $3.50 and added HALF of it to the bucket. LOVE the smell, and can't wait to see how well it cleans!
I wanted to see how much this costs per bucket, so I measured out the Borax and baking soda I bought. You get 12 cups of Borax = 24 buckets, and 4 cups of baking soda = 4 buckets. So I'm spending 74 CENTS per 5 gallon bucket, and thinking this will last me more than a month with a family of 6. I usually buy Surf powder detergent for about $12, and it's gone within the month.
NOTE: See Tricia's full post at her blog for more detailed pictures and info on making your own laundry detergent, and other laundry tips! Do you have any laundry tips to share?