Friday, May 25, 2012

9lbs of Laundry Detergent

.....for under $15!

So, on my quest to save money, I have been trying to think of things we need, but spend a lot of money on.
Laundry detergent instantly came to mind.

We typically spend $12 on Laundry detergent and $8 on farbic softener for our clothes.This lasts us usually a month or so.

Then another $10 for unscented for Rowen's clothes and $30 for her diaper detergent. This has lasted about 3 months.

So lets do the math for 3 months of detergent:
   (12*3)=36 for detergent
+ (8*3)=24 for fabric softener
+10 for Rowens clothes
+30_for diapers

It cost me $15 to make detergent that *should* last for the same amount of time. The plus side is that we can now use one detergent for all of our laundry, including the diapers.
As for farbic softener.. Im going to try wool dryer balls...but thats for another post :)

So here is what you need to make the detergent:
3lbs Oxiclean ($7 at Walmart)
3lbs Borax($4 at Walmart)
3lbs Washing Soda**($4 at Walmart)

Then all you do is mix it all together. Use 2 Tablespoons per load of laundry and Voila!

I will update on how long it actually lasts, when we get to that point.

** Cant find washing soda?
 Just bake baking soda at 400 until it becomes washing soda! You will be able to tell because baking soda is smooth. Washing soda is grainy. It took about 30 minutes for me.

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