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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 08:19 AM
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38. Morning Marketeers....
:donut: and lurkers. I tend to buy in advance so sometime I don't notice price increases immediately. I am aware that things have gone up, but I had a severe case of sticker shock when I went to replace my liquid laundry detergent. The cost per load was so outrageous I refused to purchase it.

I went back home pondering what to do. Later, I remember reading in one of my save money books that you could make your own laundry powder, but I couldn't recall the recipe or find the book. So I went on line and found it and last night I made my first batch of laundry detergent.

The Recipe:

1 bar of soap grated (they recommended Zote or Zud but you can use what you like-Ivory but I would not use a glycerin soap-I think it needs to be a lye based soap-this is just my scientific intuition. I used a bar of free soap that was scented with laurel oil but I will be using some lavender and sandalwood scented soap in the future. I took my cheese grater, popped in my DVD, Get Shorty, and grated my soap to the rhythm of Booker T and the MG's. I would


2 cups of Borax- the 20 mule team variety.


2 cups of Arm and Hammer WASHING SODA.

Place all the ingredients in a large container and mix thoroughly. Just 1/2 cup will do your laundry (no fillers). Adding a cup of Oxy White will give you a powerful Tide+bleach formula. It cleans just as well as commercial soaps

Now there is a way to make a liquid blend that requires turning on a stove and heating up the soap shavings in water and one day I might do it-but this was so easy and so cheap.

I found all the ingredients at the local Kroger's in the laundry aisle. I haven't cost averaged it out yet, but all the ingredients were way less than the laundry detergent. On one of the videos I saw, the guy broke down the cost. He figured with time and cost, he saved/made about $8 an hour doing this. My guess is that it might be more now. YMMV.

I hope those of you that try this will give some feed back. I am just thrilled that I have saved so much on something I use all the time. I like that I can tailor it to what I want.

Happy hunting and watch out for the bears.
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