Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Frugal Family Recipe - Laundry Soap

I am posting this recipe of course for everyone, but especially to my children, my friends at Financial Peace University and for me and my wife.  We love this recipe for Home Made Laundry Soap!

I first learned of it from a University of Florida Extension Symposium, but have since found it at multiple Cooperative Extension sites like my Alma-mater Utah State University, at the Borax site and on some frugal living blogs such as MamaEconomics.  They're all slightly different but commonly they use 1) a hard soap grated and dissolved, 2) Borax and, 3) Soda Wash combined with water.  I can get all three ingredients at my local Wal-Mart or funny enough, Ace Hardware.  Most grocery stores will have at least one of the ingredients.

The Recipe I used most recently: 

2 quarts near-boiling water
2 c. or 1 Bar Soap grated (Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha)*
1 c. Borax
1 c. Washing Soda
  • Add finely grated bar soap to the hot water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low, heat until soap is melted.
  • Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax & Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved. 
  • Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
  • Cover pail and use 1/4 cup per load of laundry. Stir the soap each time before you use it (will gel)
  • We keep the laundry soap in left-over water or laundry soap containers.  Shake, use, works well.
* depending upon preference, availability, cost, and allergy considerations use one of the three.  For example, our daughter is allergic to Ivory Soap, so we use Fels-Naptha.

Economics of the project:
I am working on this part.  I requested the information published with the University of Florida, but at Dollar General I found these prices today (09/29/2014)

Arm and Hammer Laundry Soap, 75 oz., 50 loads, $5, 10 cents per load
Gain Laundry Soap, 50 oz., 32 loads, $6,  19 cents per load
Tide Laundry Soap, 75 oz., 48 loads, $10, 21 cents per load
Xtra Laundry Soap, 75 oz., 50 loads, $5.  10 cents per load

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