Before I travel…

I have this thing…before I travel (especially flying), I have to clean.  And not just surface clean, but deep clean everything!  I don’t know why, but I have been doing it for a while now.  Monday  night as I began to do laundry I realized I was about out of my homemade laundry soap.  So I picked up some supplies yesterday!  When I got home from work I made a new batch!  For me I like to know what I am putting on my body (clothes, bedding, towels), and I don’t want to pay a fortune for it.  I have used some more natural detergents in the past, but they were more than I really wanted to pay.  I finally got brave last year and made some laundry soap.  It was a HIT!  Both the hubs and I LOVE IT!  It is pretty inexpensive to make, smells great, and I have a peace of mind about what I am using to wash my clothes.  (This is in NO way judging anyone who uses any other type of laundry soap!  This is just what works for my family).

Ingredients:
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Use equal parts of each powder ingredient then use a grater to shave in the soap.
The Oxi Clean comes with a small scoop and measures out about 13-14 scoops.  I use the same scoop to measure the borax (about 1/2 the box), and the washing soda (almost the whole box).
I scoop them all into a shoe box sized plastic container.  Between each layer of powder I shave in some soap, then blend it all together.
Overall it takes about 15-20 min to make, most of that time is spent grating the soap.
I usually only use one bar of soap, but since I have been having some sleep issues I added an extra bar of lavender soap in hopes that it will help me sleep better!
soap
I use a smaller scoop for my laundry, or if I use this one I only use it 1/3 full.

Breakdown
Washing Soda – $3.19
Borax – $3.79 (1/2 the box = $1.90)
Oxy Clean – $7.52
Dr. Bronners bar soap – $4.69 (2 = 9.38)

Total = 21.99

14 cups of each product = 42 cups x 3 loads per cup = 126 loads

Price per load = $0.17
(Only $0.14 per load if only one bar of soap used)

Comparison with other brands I have used in the past:
Tide powder – $0.22 per load
All – $0.21 per load
Seventh Generations – $0.21

Well it is back to cleaning and packing before I travel up north! Oh speaking of traveling, I was featured on a travel blog today, Your Fit Trip!  You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/wybesther

Do you have any pre-travel rituals?
Have you ever made your own laundry soap?

Xo
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

6 thoughts on “Before I travel…

  1. Jo

    I’m going to try your recipe. It seems like something I would like, esp the Dr Bronner’s lavender. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

    Reply
  2. DarlinRae

    I am the same way! I always clean before traveling so that when I come home exhausted with a suitcase full of dirty clothes, I’m not faced with a dirty house and a bunch of stuff to do.

    Reply

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