During November, I really began thinking about where we were “wasting” money so-to-speak. As I’ve stated here quite a few times, I am one of the cheapest people. I know that cheap doesn’t always equal quality, but I also know that you can come by quality for cheap if you keep your eye out. If you know what things cost, and are an informed consumer than chances are you will have a hand-up in the savings game. I came to notice, that every time I would have to purchase laundry detergent, I was always looking for the best smelling, cheaper prices but formulas that I trusted. The only thing is, Tide costs $21 for a jug that lasts a month. Gain is nearly $19 and has the scent I love.
I used Purex after I left the other two brands behind due to price “inflation” or what-have-you. Purex works great and that is my go-to when I find it at a great price. The only thing is, the size I used to buy went up by two dollars. It was a better choice than the others but still wasn’t in a price range I liked. That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands. My mom and I had been talking about making our own, but we never took the plunge to do it.
One day, I invited B’s sister over and asked if she would like to make laundry soap. She said that would be alright, so she was on her way over. I bought all of the ingredients we needed the week before, but my mom was at work over seas and couldn’t do it with me. Truth be told, I was quite afraid of doing it on my own. It seemed like such a daunting task, and I was really afraid of messing it up.
1/4 bar of Fels Naptha or Zote soap
2 Tablespoons Borax powder
1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1 Cup of your favorite Purex Crystals (edited 1/12/12)
*I use Tropical Splash in the yellow container.
Total for all ingredients: $13.89. With the exception of the Zote and Fels-Naptha, I can make more than 4 batches.I grated everything by hand. I grated both the Fels-Naptha and the Zote since I wanted the cleaning agents of the Fels-Naptha and the smell of the white bar of Zote. I mixed it and used a bit more than 1/4 of a cup of the mixture of both grated soaps.
The Purex Crystals make it smell even better! One cup is all it takes for two jugs to give a hint of scent.
11. Cover, and let sit over night.
To be honest, I didn’t cover mine, I just let it sit overnight in our back room. I went in the next day and the whole room smelled good. It will gel through the night!
Now to make the finished product:
HE: Use 1/4 cup per load.
I do continue to use Purex Crystals, as I love the smell. Even though I continue to buy those, we haven’t had to buy any laundry soap in more than a month! I justify my saving money on making the laundry soap for what little I spend on the Crystals. My step-dad used the other bottle I made, and he likes it really well. The entire process took me 22 minutes. That is the same amount of time it would take me to drive one way to my nearest Wal-Mart for detergent!