And now for something completely different. It's a recipe, and I made it my kitchen, but you can't eat it! Well, I guess you could
, but it probably wouldn't taste good. Drumroll, please........
Homemade Laundry Detergent! This is a Duggar recipe. Don't laugh! My cousin actually turned me onto it and I am blown away. It's unbelievable the money you can save making your own detergent. And for those of you saving up for a 2012 TPR trip (sadly, not myself), this may help put a little extra money in your trip savings! Here's the recipe, followed by a little math:
4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax
- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - in some stores or may be purchased online. Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!
Now the math. I'm assuming you do not have a five-gallon bucket and lid handy and including that in the calculations. These are just estimates based on the prices at Wal-Mart. Prices will vary according to your store of choice. This should be enough for roughly 4 batches of detergent.
Bucket and Lid: $5
Soap bar: $4 (four bars x $1 each)
Washing Soda: $5
TOTAL: $24 for four batches; $6 per batch. Each batch is approx. 180 loads or 640 loads depending on the type of machine.
In comparison, we were Gain users prior to this. A 32 load bottle of original Gain is approx. $6.
You'd have to buy 6 bottles of Gain to get 180 loads. That's approx. $36.
You'd have to buy 20 bottles of Gain to get 640 loads. That's approx. $120.
180 loads for $6 or $36?
640 loads for $6 or $120?
Which would you rather pay? See, lots of money to be saved!