Homemade Laundry Detergent – only .02/load!

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Are you done with the high prices of Laundry Detergent and tired of tracking sale after sale to get a great deal?  Me too.  Allow me to share my Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe with you.   I’ve tried different recipes in the past and finally come up with one that I love.

There are two things that seemed to have lacked in other recipes I’ve tried….  First, I want my clothes to SMELL clean.  Like a field-of-daisies-on-a-bright-sunny-day clean.  (I realize things can be clean without the smell of fresh daisies, but I like the smell, and so does my hubby 🙂 )  However, I have a new baby and a little boy with allergies, so I need something that’s not going to irritate the skin.

I’m happy to say, with some of my own tweaking, I’ve finally found that recipe. 🙂  This makes enough to last me about 5 months (for my family of 6) and will cost me just .02/load!  You won’t find a store-bought laundry deal for that price!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1 Box Super Washing Soda 3lb 7oz
1 Box Borax 4lbs 12oz
1 Box Pure Baking Soda 4lb
4 Bars Ivory Soap (or Zote or Fels-Naptha)
1 Container Oxy Clean 3lbs
*Optional 2 Bottles Purex Crystals for Baby (this smells great and is Dye Free and Hypoallergenic) 28oz

Time-saving tip*  Don’t waste time grating the bar soap.  Just pop in the microwave for a few minutes and watch it “bubble”.  (The kids will love this job 🙂 )  Let it cool and then it just crumbles in your hand.  Throw the crumbled pieces into a food processor and pulse a few times until it’s a fine powder.

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Note* I’ve only ever done this with Ivory soap, not sure if Zote or Fels-Naptha will do the same…

Then just grab yourself a large bucket and combine the ingredients!  (I recommend pouring everything in in layers so its evenly mixed.  Then stir, stir, stir.  Thats it!  You only need 1-2 TB per load as this is much more concentrated than store-bought stuff.

The total cost for everything was $24.91 (except the Ivory), and that’s without coupons.  So if you have coupons your cost will be less!  And this should last about 150 loads 🙂

I even got a great deal on the glass container! Get it here from Amazon for just $7.44 (ships FREE with Prime) and grab some fancy chalkboard labels, just .30 each (with FREE shipping!).

 

 

 

 

 

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