I love the feel of clean, cool sheets and the smell of clean laundry dried on the clothesline. Don't you???
I made a double batch of laundry detergent on Friday. I LOVE when I can save my family money and still do my job of being the MOST awesome Mama!!!! Actually, I think the ways I save us money make me an even MORE awesome Mama.
I make our laundry soap, I make tortillas to feed Sariah's obsession with salsa, I get most of our clothes at thrift shops (name brands and so many more choices in one convenient place), we cook from scratch most meals (... but even I give into the call of "Pizza! Pizza!" at 5 bucks on a busy night of church activities.)
Here's the laundry recipe I used this time. I found all the supplies at Meijer (WalMart would probably have them as well.)
Here's how it goes:
For one batch, I shred up some Fels Naptha bar soap, melt 1/3 cup in 6 cups of water over medium heat.
Add 1/2 cup Borax, 1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and mix until melty.
I then put 4 cups HOT water in a big bucket that I don't need for a few days, add the soapy mix and stir it all together.
MORE water (one gallon plus 6 cups) and stir again.
Then I let it sit for 24 hours and it ends up the texture of egg-drop soup.
You use a 1/2 cup for each load of laundry. That's it.
8-16-12 I have an HE washer now and I use this still. The detergent DOES NOT foam. so good to go. LOVE IT!!!
Oh and I NOW put my finished product in a decorative lidded jar on a table next to my washer. Pretty :o) and not drippy.
*You can leave it in the covered bucket (like a dog food or kitty litter bucket OR a nice one from Home Depot) OR put it all the bottles saved from OTHER detergents previously used. I used to do this. It's easier and less messy to pour from a small bottle and not have it dripping from my hand as bent over to dip in the bucket. I kept it in the bucket the first batch I made last year.)
Here's my supply....(2 batches)
I am now calculating how long it lasts me. (I guess that depends on how many loads we do per week...) I think 6-7 months...we'll see. It may be a year supply (we are supposed to be prepared, right??) But even less is ok at less that 2 cents per load!!!
What she said! HAPPY laundry day!!
We used the last of this double batch, last week. When we made this post, I asked my family how long they thought it all would last.
Steven said - 7 months
Sariah didn't vote (teenager thing)
Miranda thought - 15 months
I said I thought the bottles pictured above would last a year.
They lasted almost 10 months. with regular washings going on. Pretty good.