One of the best money saving things you can do as a homesteader, is make your own laundry soap. I know I do many loads of laundry a week and I would bet you do too, and purchasing and using the Name Brand detergent ads up quick!
Here is a quick, easy, and inexpensive recipe for powdered laundry detergent that works well in both traditional top loaders and newer front load Energy Efficient washing machines. Just place 2 tablespoons of powder in each load of laundry. For softer clothes, ditch your fabric softener, and pour 1 cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener compartment of your washing machine.
Powder Laundry Soap
- 1 bar grated Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap
- 2 cups ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda
- 1 cup Super Washing Soda
- 1 cup Borax
First grate the Felz-Naptha using the fine grating side of your grater (that way it mixes better with the rest of the stuff). Now grab a big bowl and combine all ingredients into it and stir well. Transfer to container of your choice to put in the laundry room. I use a recycled Folgers coffee can, it fits a double batch perfectly! For every load of laundry, use 2 Tablespoons.
- Tide Powder: $29.99 per 180 loads = $.133 per Load
- Homemade Powder Laundry Soap: $3.88 per 35 loads = $.11 cents per 2 TBS (1 Load of Laundry)
- Kirkland Powder: $14.99 per 200 loads = $.075 per Load
- 1 bar of Felz-Naptha = $1.51 per 5.5 oz. bar = $.275 per ounce = $1.51
- 2 cups Baking Soda = $6.59 per 13.5lbs. = $.488 per pound = $0.63 per 2 cups
- 1 cup Super Washing Soda = $9.06 for 55oz. = $.082 per oz = $.861 per cup
- 1 cup Borax = $12.06 per 76oz. = $.159 per oz = $0.874 per cup
Total: $3.88 per 42oz or $.09 per ounce = $.11 cents per 2 TBS or 1 Load of Laundry