I have slowly been making my own cleaning products to make our house a little more green. The first recipe that I made in my own liquid laundry detergent. I have always been a liquid laundry detergent kind of girl. I am going to share how to make laundry detergent.
I have always used the large 200-ounce laundry soap with the squeeze spout, so this was a perfect container to use to hold my homemade liquid laundry detergent. I also needed a smaller container to be able to shake the liquid before using in the washing machine, the homemade liquid laundry detergent tends to separate. I also used Cameron(Silhouette Cameo) to make some labels for my new container.
Here is the recipe that I use for my homemade liquid laundry detergent.
1/2 cup grated laundry bar, I used Castile Laundry bars, (Kirk’s Natural Castile Soap Original — 4 oz Each / Pack of 3)
or use Soap Granual flakes so you do not have to grated bar soap.
1/4 cup washing soda
1/4 cup borax
Grate one bar laundry soap and seal the remaining soap in a plastic bag to use for your next batch. The first time I made the recipe, I used Fels-Naptha, I switched to Kirk’s because it was cheaper. ***Update 2018 – I switch to the soap granular flakes above as I was tired of grating the bar soaps.
Add 1/2 cup grated laundry soap to 4 cups water. Heat soap and water on medium heat, stir until completely melted.
Add 2 more cups of water, washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Pour soap mixture into a large container or bucket. I use the extra large 200oz laundry soap containers. I have had this same container for 4+ years. Stir to make sure all the soap is dissolved. Add 16 cups of water to the container. Let cool completely before sealing lid or transferring liquid laundry detergent into storage containers.
I wanted to calculate the cost of making your own and compare it to buying. I have always heard everyone say how cheap it is to make your own, but I did not want to take anyone’s word for it. So here are my calculations.
Try to stay with my crazy way of thinking.
The Castile bar was $2.48 and I used 1/4 of the bar, =.62 cents. The borax was .28 cents for 2 ounces and the washing soda was .34 cents for 2 ounces. My math would be $1.24 for the soap portion. Mr. DD. stated I needed to calculate the cost of the water. So yes, we looked at our water bill and we pay 1.79 for 100 cubic feet of water. There are 748 gallons of water in 100 cubic feet. There are 128 ounces in a gallon of water so that means there is a HUGE amount of ounces of water in 100 cubic feet. So at this point, I asked Mr. DD if I could just add a penny on my amount and call it good. Yes, we really had this crazy conversation and yes, he really went and pulled out our water bill to see how much we pay. Thank goodness for the ability to Google these crazy questions and to be able to convert measurements. Where would we be without the internet?
I make 176 ounces of laundry detergent for $1.25. I priced Arm & Hammer 210 ounces for $9.98 at my local Sam’s club.
OK, so if you are still with me, the answer is YES, it is very cost-effective to make your own. Not to mention you are not buying another plastic container each time you make your own, that is helping my house be a little greener.
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