So lately I’ve been reading a lot of articles regarding the home made laundry detergent powder that a lot of bloggers have been using, I decided I would give it a go. Not because I’m green, or trendy, or anything like that. Simply because I’m broke, and each batch is supposed to yield 40 or so loads. I bought everything at my local Market Basket for a total of $9.68.
One cup of Washing Soda
One cup of Borax
One bar of Ivory Soap (you can use Fels Naptha too)
Sure, $9.68 might seem like a lot for detergent, but I'll be able to get at least three batches out of it (my Ivory soap came in a pack of three)! So if I'm able to get 120 loads, that comes out to about $.08 a load, or $3.22 per "bottle" of detergent. I used 1tbsp in a load of laundry the other night, and it definitely came out clean. No fake powdery laundry scent, just a plain clean cloth scent. I did read that if you're so inclined, you can add some sort of essential oil to the mix to get that scent, and some of them are anti-bacterial so its a win win!
Right now I've got my mix sitting in an unattractive plastic container, but there are lots of creative ways to store this stuff. I got most of my information from the Yellow Brick Home, so be sure to check out all the useful things they had to say.