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Make your own laundry soap, less money down the drain

November 22, 2010

by Brittanie
Oregon Mom
Cupcake Kisses ‘n’ Crumbs

The new year is fast approaching..  and I am NOT ready! One of our goals for the year is reducing/eliminating our debt. We have been following the Dave Ramsey plan (although I haven’t been very good lately) and it is working, slowly but surely. We could probably do it a little faster if I were working outside the home, but neither my husband or I think putting the kids in daycare for me to work is worth the financial benefit and the loss of being with the kids all day would be very hard on all of us, just not worth it right now.  So I do my best to save in ways I can, and no not just clipping coupons! Thought I would share them over the next couple weeks as some of us prep for new years resolutions! I’ve posted about some of those ways before but some are new and I don’t want anyone to miss the old ones either!

So I’ll start with the first way I started making a change at home to save money. It was Homemade Laundry Soap, that was my first time making it and I messed it up so it doesn’t look right. That was almost 2 years ago and I have only had to make 1 batch since and that was just recently. I think that the 10 Gallons lasts me about 18 months!! Which is amazing considering the cost for making it the first time was: 
Bucket $6 (I think), Zote Soap $1, Washing Soda $3, Borax $3
Total of $13 for the first time supplies (the borax, washing soda and bucket will be re-used)

I try to gage a savings by per use, per pound or ounce, whatever I can break it down to. I do an average of 5 loads a week for 18 months is about 78 weeks, 78 weeks worth of loads is 390 loads!! Compared to the Tide HE, Free and clear that gets 64 loads for $14. The price per load for tide is about 22 cents a load. For the homemade (also for the HE and unscented) is 3 cents per load, the first batch! The second batch when you don’t have to buy the bucket or washing soda or borax is only an extra dollar for zote, the price for those loads is less then a penny per load!

I figured the 3 year savings (2 batches) is HUGE since the average is just over a penny per load. If I used tide for those 780 loads in 3 years it would have cost us $171!! I could easily pay off my Gymboree credit card with that! So even though it was really a very small change for us, over time it will REALLY save, and it requires no more effort than loading the tide bottle in and out of the grocery cart and car every month. 
The recipe is on the original post, but remember I messed it up, so yours SHOULDN’T look like that, It should look like this!

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Dee Dee November 22, 2010

Wow! It never dawned on me that hoemmade laundry soap could be made.

Janice November 22, 2010

$171 savings. That says it all rigth there. Some cost savinsg tips only save little and not worth the time we put into it. But thise is real savinsg. Thanks Brittanie, I just may try it. Who knows maybe I can pay off my Macy’s card. Anyway to save $809 by January?

unkown November 22, 2010

Taking time with kids is always the right decision.

windsong November 23, 2010

I hate buyign laundry. It is the heaviest item I buy, so you try to purchase ti in bulk so you do not have to make as many grocery runs. But the bigger you buy the more massive the box is. I buy my Tide at Costco, which means I am alrady buying evrything in huge bulks. Think how big that 180 load box is. As I come to the parking lot I feel like I a moving a college student from a dorm instead of grocery shopping. I so dearly feel like calling a friend just to help me shop and load but it just embrassess me. So Cupcakes-Crumb’s idea seems to tickle my fancy. But I wonder if it cleans just as strong?

windsong November 23, 2010

P.S. Let me add that the parking lot at Costco is terrible and makes the whole lugging loads a nightmare.

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