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).
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!
I use a smaller scoop for my laundry, or if I use this one I only use it 1/3 full.
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?
-Chocolate Runner Girl-