Six months ago I tried making my own recipe for DIY powdered laundry soap. I'd been making our liquid laundry soap for almost a year, but I'd heard that this laundry soap was easier to make, super cheap and lasts longer, so I decided to try it out.
You will need:
3 bars of fels naptha (or two bars of zote)
1 3 lb container of oxy-clean, or generic oxy clean
1 box of baking soda
1 box of washing soda
1 box of borax
Mix all the powdered ingredients together in a big container (a five gallon bucket works well). Then use an old cheese grater to grate the fels naptha soap into the bucket as well. Mix everything together well, and you're done! You use a single tablespoon when you need to do laundry, two if you have really really dirty clothes.
I spend about $17 on all the ingredients shown above, and I had to buy a container big enough, so including that it was around $22. Now I'm a cheap person, so the out of pocket cost seemed high.
...it lasted for SIX MONTHS! $17 for six months of laundry soap is crazy! And if anyone is worried about how it works, don't be. It works really, really well! Just as well as the crazy expensive All Free and Clear I was blowing money on every couple of weeks before I started making my own laundry soap. And I can't even imagine how many loads of laundry I went through in that six months, with four people in the house I usually do two or three loads a day, all week long. So that's...roughly 500 loads of laundry? For only $17. That's about $0.03 a load!
|that tiny scoop is all I need to use per load!|
The only tip I have is to add the soap to the water before you add the clothes, otherwise the powder can sometimes get caught in the folds of the clothes and not get fully rinsed out. This is true with any powdered laundry soap. Other then that, use just like you would regular laundry soap!
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