I decided to try making my own laundry detergent this past fall. I had heard how much money you can save and how great the detergent works. I went to the store and purchased my items, which cost me roughly $20, and I used the empty bucket from my store bought detergent (it says 32.5 lbs on the bucket). I honestly do not remember where I found the "recipe" for this detergent, it was a long time ago.
- 12 c. Borax
- 8 c. baking soda
- 8 c. washing soda
- 8 c. Fels Naptha soap, grated
To use this detergent you only need 2 tablespoons per load!! That is A LOT less than the huge scoop that my old detergent called for!
To wrap up this story, that bucket of store bought detergent supposedly washed 200 loads. I filled the empty bucket with my homemade detergent, it was approximately as full as it was when I originally bought it. I have been using that ONE recipe of detergent for FIVE MONTHS and it is still about half full! I average one load of laundry per day, there are only 4 of us so I can get away with that. Five months is approximately 150 days, which means approximately 150 + loads of laundry (some days I do two or three loads). If I got 150 + loads out of half the bucket ... I will get over 300 loads out of $20 worth of detergent! Wow!! Previously I was spending $10-$20 per month on detergent, this is averaging out (so far) to just over $20 per year!!
If you have a larger family or go through more laundry than us, it will not work out quiet the same, but I bet you could still save quiet a bit of money!
Some extra info: I use warm/cold setting and it works just fine; my hubby's clothes were always very tough to get odors out because of the smoke, sawdust, grease, etc. smells and this works great!! I think the baking soda makes a huge difference there.
Oh, and mix as you go ... do not try to dump it all in and then mix. That's what I did, and it was very difficult!