Photo Credit: Gezellig-Girl.
Our customers are so smart. If you’re trying to save some money for the holidays, or just want a bit of a challenge, try making your own laundry detergent – you can get all the ingredients on Alice!
Kristen over at Gezellig-Girl shares the how-to:
I used a 2:1:1 ratio of grated soap, borax, and washing soda.
I used about three tablespoons for a front-loading washer. The soap took longer to slightly dissolve in cold water — not so much that it left any soap behind, but I did see flecks of soap in the cold water wash when it went in. (In the warm water wash, the soap dissolved right away.) It was very low-sudsing, which gave me pause, but everything came out really clean. I noticed one of my husband’s shirts had a ring on the collar, which I would have treated if I had seen it earlier, but I just stuffed the shirt in the washer and hoped for the best — totally gone!
I bought 55 oz. of washing soda was $2.99 and the borax was $4.29 for 76 oz. Both of those will get used for other cleaning jobs around the house. I also bought three 3.5 oz. bars of this hypoallergenic Dial soap for $1.39.
I don’t have a kitchen scale to measure exactly, but estimating by volume, I used about $0.33 of the borax and $0.32 of washing soda, mixed with one bar ($0.46) of soap, that’s… $1.11 for about 20 washes, or $0.06 per wash. By comparison, the Seventh Generation detergent I had been buying sells for $5.48 for 32 oz. on Alice.com, and is good for for 32 HE loads ($0.17/each) or 21 regular loads ($0.26/each).
Read more about Kristen’s DIY detergent here. Have you ever tried to make your own laundry soap? How did it work out?