Monthly Archives: August 2012

Laundry Soap at two cents per load!


Home Made Laundry Detergent Super Cheap!! 1.00 Per batch!

I had a friend recently mention that she wanted to know how to make her own laundry detergent and I thought hmmm… that might be an interesting thing to learn as well. Plus as a couponer I thought, how can I use things I have already in my stock-pile or get things that could be stockpiled! After a google-tastic time, I think I am confident it’s actually super easy.

Follow these simple instructions to make your own powder detergent!

  1. Get the following ingredients:
    1. Ivory Soap bars  @ Walmart :  3ct for 1.24  use: 0.30/1 Ivory 8/26 P&G insert (1 bar per batch) 0.31 per batch
    2. 20 Mule Team Borax Natural Laundry Booster @ Walmart 76 oz @ 3.38 (approximately 9.5 cups)0.35 per batch
    3. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda @ Walmart 0.68 (after cooking potentially 2 cups) 0.34 per batch
  2. Step 1: Turn Baking Soda into Washing Soda:
    1. Chemical Make-up of Baking soda: NaHC03 we want Na2CO3… so we need to get rid some water and carbon dioxide so let’s add some heat!
    2. Pre-heat your oven to 400F
    3. On a baking sheet pour out your entire box of baking soda *note the texture it’s going to change from powdery to grainy.
    4. Heat for about a half an hour stirring occasionally.
    5. When you’re done you will have a dull grainy substance similar to any powder laundry detergent.
  3. Step 2: Shave your Ivory Soap bar with a cheese grater; it will look similar to coconut shavings when it’s done.
  4. Add 1 cup of your Borax
  5. Add 1 cup of your cooled Washing Soda
  6. Stir, stir and stir some more, when you’re done it will look like an even mix of the 3.
  7. Enjoy your home made laundry detergent!! You will only need a tablespoon to 2 per load depending on soil level.

*This is safe for both your septic tank and HE washers as it is low suds and it won’t kill all the bacteria in your septic tank working hard for you!

24-48 loads for 1.00!!!!

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