Homemade Laundry Soap
1 bar of castille soap (or fels naptha) grated
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
2 gallons water
Ok, like I said, easy. Melt the soap into some of the water (HOT so it melts easy). Pour the borax and washing soda into your jug (hopefully it is being reused) pour in the hot soap mixture, and shake to combine. Fill the jug with the rest of your water. Use 1/4 cup per load of laundry. I only had single gallon containers, so I simply cut the recipe in half. Easy Peasy!
Now, I am sure you want me to break down the cost and amount... SO here goes. This is for a 1 gallon batch measure.
$3.38 for 1 Box borax = 19 batches = $0.17/batch
$3.24 for 1 box washing soda = 14 batches = $0.23/batch
$4.58 for 1 bar lavendar castille soap = 2 bar = $2.29/batch
$2.69 per 1 gallon batch
divided by 64 loads per batch
$0.04 per loadIf you use fels naptha soap, it will be EVEN CHEAPER as that is only $0.97 per bar! Holy cow!!! I will NEVER buy laundry soap again! Since we are talking dollars and cents, lets compare some other "green" and biodegradable soaps you can purchase at, say, Target or Walmart. One bottle of Method = $7.99/25 loads = $0.32/load and 7th Gen = $25.98/99 loads = $0.26/load
So there you have it... Even if I used 7th Gen, I wouldn't be saving enough. Making my own soap saves me 161%