I'm all for saving money, but not at the expense of an unreasonable amount of time. So I merged a few recipes and came up with this one.
Before I tell you how to make it, let me tell you how much it costs.
It includes three ingredients (four, if you count the water). It contains: Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda), Borax, and Dish Soap. I paid $3.24 for the Washing Soda, $2.83 for the Dish Soap, and $3.38 for the Borax. That is a total of $9.45. I have made a total of 12 gallons so far and I am still on my first box! I also have enough left of each to last me about 3 more months. (Longer for the Borax). So, I have spent less than $10 and have been making it for almost a year.
At less than a dollar a month - and about 15 minutes to make each batch - I would consider this recipe a winner!!
Now, on to the fun part: Making it! :)
STEP 1: GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS
As I already said, you will need:
- Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda!)
- Dish Soap
In addition, you will need:
- A container to hold it (The size will depend on how much you want to make. My recipe yields 1 gallon, but I always triple it.)
- A whisk to stir it
|Don't mind the writing all over my soap. Those are just my notes.|
STEP 2: ADD DRY INGREDIENTS TO WATER
- Fill a gallon container (I just use a pitcher) with hot water. Not boiling... just as hot as your tap will go.
- Add 3 Tbsp of Borax and 3 Tbsp of Washing Soda to 1 gallon hot water.
- Stir until mostly dissolved.
STEP 3: ADD DISH SOAP
- Add 2 Tbsp Dish Soap (I use Dawn New Zealand Springs Scent, just because I love it!)
- Stir until dissolved
STEP 4: ADD TO YOUR CONTAINER
- As I said, I make mine 3 gallons at a time - and I also add an extra Tbsp of Dish Soap per 3 gallons.
- Once it is in my container, I stir it again until it is completely dissolved.
So there you have it. Simple, no grate Laundry Soap. I use about 1 cup per load and I have to make a new batch about once every 3-4 weeks.
Do you have a recipe for your own laundry soap? Leave me a comment or link to yours! :) I'd love to see what you all do!
NOTE: For my Fabric Softener I use Vinegar. Yep... Just plain old vinegar! It works great and leaves no smell afterward. I just put about 1/2 a cup into the Fabric Softener Tray of my washing machine (or you could just add it to the rinse cycle) and that's all there is to it. If you are worried about the smell you could add some regular Fabric Softener if you wish. If that's the case, all you need is 1/4 cup softener to 1 cup vinegar when you are making a batch.