I started making my own laundry soap last year to save money, and out of boredom (and curiosity) I calculated how much I saved. So I thought maybe someone else on here who is money concious (as we all should be) would find this interesting and/or of use.
I have made 5 batches of detergent in the past year (I do a lot of laundry). Each batch makes 2 gallons. Each load only takes 1/2 cup (or a bit more if the laundry is DIRTY). So a batch will roughly last 60 loads. The soap doesn't suds up so you have to train yourself to ignore the lack of suds. Each batch took 15 minutes to prepare plus an overnight "setting" period, then funneling the finished product into the gallon jugs.
The ingredients cost me this to buy:
Fells Naptha bar $1.25 (good for 3 batches, .42 cents per batch)
Borax $2.00 (good for 5 batches, costs $.40 per batch)
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda $2.50 (good for 10 batches, costs $.25 per batch)
Total cost for a batch is $1.07 and last for 60 loads. The last time I was at the market a bottle of Tide about that many loads costs $8.99. So I figure I saved almost $80 just this year with a little bit of effort. Also knowing that my laundry had no chemicals and was MUCH more environmentally friendly made me feel "green" for the day :)
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