Sunday, March 28, 2010

55. Homemade Laundry Soap

In my effort to be somewhat frugal and cut costs around the house, I learned that a lot of people make their own laundry detergent. Since it's not secret that detergent costs quite a bit and it's mostly water, I figured there had to be a better way. Although my Dad accused me of turning "crunchy" I assured him that I'm just cheap.

One of the blogs I read is called "The Grocery Cart Challenge" and she posted a great tutorial here on making laundry detergent.

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I had a hard time finding all the ingredients and actually had to order the washing soda online, which isn't as convenient as I hoped. However, I was able to find free shipping so it didn't affect the cost.

I found this very easy to make and her instructions are spot on.

Here are the ingredients while they were melting on the stove:

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And here they are in the bucket:

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We used it for the first time today and so far so good! As I said to my family, we don't get our clothes very dirty so hopefully this will work just fine for us. It made quite a large batch that should last us for quite a while.

So there you have it, I say go for it! Be cheap like me!

1 comment:

Mary said...

I've thought about making my own, but for now I think I will just buy the powder detergent ( Here are some links for making other cleaners at home: