Monday, October 17, 2011

homemade laundry detergent

i try to attempt at least one pinterest project a week, this week (in addition to other 'more fun' stuff), i decided to try my hand at homemade laundry detergent.  i purchased the ingredients a while back but wasn't out of our regular 'all free and clear' until today!  pete's home, so i decided it was time!  btw, i got my recipe/process here.

time: 10minutes

process:  grate fels-naptha - i just used a small box grater, didn't want to lug out the food processor and i think the bits of soap are as small (if not smaller) than if i used the machine.  it took a few more minutes, but watch some tv and you're done before you know it!
mix with borax and super washing soda.

recipe:  my bar of fels-naptha yielded 3 cups, so i used 11/2 cups EACH of the other two, mix together.  i am storing it in a tupperware with a measuring spoon.

use:  add 1 tbps to washing machine

cost: approximately $22 (but i am in NO WAY finished - or even made a dent - in the powdered ingredients)

previous cost: about $30/container

i'm not sure how long this powder will last, but i know there is going to be a substantial savings.  it smells way better and i have a feeling will clean our clothes better.  i'll update when we've been using it for a while, but for now and the load i've done, i LOVE it!


Sarah said...

Dear lord woman you could have thrived on the prairie! Homemade laundry detergent. I didn't even know you could do this!

jen said...

@sarah - it's a little granola for my usual self, but well worth it! more $$ for manicures!! or baby diapers :).

Leslie said...

"granola" = jen's word for "hippie"

Also, I did some math for you:

1 US cup = 16 US tablespoons
6 US cups = 96 US tablespoons

$22 for homemade/96 loads = $0.23/load
$30 for All/110 loads = $0.27/load

200 loads homemade = $46
200 loads All = $54

Your way IS cheaper and MUCH more fun.

jen said...
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jen said...

and, to further display the savings, only $4 of that was actually 'consumed' in this batch (the cost of the bar of soap). the other boxes still have AT LEAST 3 more batches in them, so it was a total of $4 (soap) and $4.50 (powders), so it was only $8.50 for 96 loads approx .08/load. also, i think i used more than i should've of the all.

all in all, WAY more fun, fresher smelling, and a lot less of a dent on my weekly budget!!

thanks for the math, les!

info said...

um..I don't get it..why did you decide to make laundry detergent? You know they sell that at the store...