Well, last week I read a post here, at Dukes and Duchesses, about making your own laundry detergent and I emailed Randi to ask how it turned out. She replied that is worked well but like most detergents you buy you still need to use spot removers.
So I set out to give it a try. I clicked on the page she references for the “recipe” and picked one to try. (Really I just went with the first one! LOL)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
Well I made my selection and went in search of my ingredients. I found everything at our local Wal-mart except the washing soda, they weren’t even sure what I was talking about but said to try Kroger. I went there (it’s just across the street next to Home Depot, another place we frequent), and found the washing soda.
I then mixed everything according to the above recipe and put my detergent in a five gallon bucket. I used a food processor to grate my soap and 3 bars made 6 cups so I put 4 in zippies and used the 2 I needed for the recipe.
Here is what I paid for my items:
Borax, 76 ounces: $2.98 for $.03021 per ounce
Washing soda, 55 ounces: $2.79 for $.050727 per ounce
Ivory soap, 44.7 ounces: $3.76 for $.084116 per ounce
So using the recipe the cost per batch is:
Washing soda $.811632
Ivory soap $1.34586
Total $2.78 per batch.
A batch yields 168 loads of laundry using the amount suggested in the recipe per load (1/4 cup). SOOO, the cost per load is $.01657!!! Compare this to our normal detergent, All Free & Clear at $.11427 per load ($10.97 divided by 96 loads, price from walmart.com) and you can see the cost-benefit.
I would like to insert here that I used Ivory in my recipe and previously used the All Free & Clear because certain detergents make me itch. I have tried to keep it simple.
Now as to how does it work? Well I have washed about 5 loads with it and cannot tell a difference between it or what I had been using. I have washed delicates, work clothes and dress clothes with it and seen no evidence of problems. I did give a hard test with our inescapable red clay. We live on a mound of red clay in North Georgia! I washed some of our work clothes with only the detergent to test it. It did not completely remove it but it did get some out of the pants.
It is hard to tell but in the first picture, I laid out our pants for you to see. The second picture is my pants after I washed them, I couldn’t get my husband’s because he was wearing them. There is still red clay but not as much.
I have to show you my cute containers! I used my Cricut and Make the Cut software (yes I am aware of the lawsuit and may be looking into a Silhouette if I can’t use my software any longer) to label them.
I am currently researching some more cleaning solutions using my ingredients because I still have a lot more left to use up. 🙂 Apparently, there are a lot of uses for Borax and washing soda that I had no clue about! Dishwashing powder being the one I will try next.
So, my end results please me enough to continue using it i the future. If you decide to try it, let me know how it goes!