This tip comes from my reader Heather…
We make our own laundry soap and it saves us a ton of money! It costs about 1 penny a load and works for any washing machine it is low suds and works great for my son who has very severe allergies and sensitive skin. It has been wonderful we have used it for about 3 years now and in 3 years have spent less than $20 on laundry soap and have enough for a long time to come still. It is easy to make and one batch lasts my family of 5 for 6 months. It saves us so much I thought I would share :)
This ends up costing 1 penny per load!!
A bucket to store it in 5gal
1 bar Zote Soap (may also use Fels Naptha.)
1 ½ cups Arm and Hammer washing soda
1 ½ cup s Twenty Mule Team Borax
Lots of Water
Heat 12 cups of water in large pot. Grate Zote soap and add to water. Stir until soap melts. Add washing soda and Borax- ingredients will foam, stir until everything is dissolved (5 minutes or so). Remove from heat.
Heat 8 cups of water in microwave (do this as soap is dissolving in water on stove) and place in 5 gallon bucket, add soap mixture and stir. Add 2 gallons plus 12 cups water and stir. You may add 1-2 oz of essential oil for a scent.
Cover and let set for 24 hours- mixture will gel*. Use ½ cup of laundry soap per load. Great for sensitive skin- dye free. Detergent will not be sudsy in washing machine. Total cost about 1 cent per load.
*Laundry soap will be a gel/liquid consistency. (you can purchase pink or white Zote- if you want it dye free, use the white).
You will need to stir the mixture up a few times over the next few hours just so it doesn’t turn into one big blob.
Products may be found in local grocery stores in the laundry isle. If they don’t have what you want, they will probably order it for you. (macey’s has everything)
Even if you do not use the detergent on a daily, regular basis, it is great to store the dry ingredients to have a year’s supply. Remember to buy several bars of soap to one box each of the other ingredients if you are only going to store it (or want to use it and have enough ingredients for a year’s supply).
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