During the last couple of months, I have been looking for a large stock pot casually as I went to thrift stores to make my own laundry soap. Well now that I found one for $6.00 at Goodwill, I figured it was time to do it.
I have only ever used liquid laundry soap, which takes a bit more preparation than making a dry laundry soap. I used a recipe I found at Wellness Mama after doing a google search.
So, yea you can make your own laundry soap, but is it really worth your time?
To be frank… it is definitely worth your time.
So how did I come up with over $25.00 an hour savings?
Well first, I compared that to the cheapest alternative of laundry soap that I could use. Now I cannot use the cheapo stuff, my skin gives a reaction. I have had to use either All or Tide brands in the past. Of those two All was generally the cheaper alternative. So when I was picking up supplies at Walmart to make this, I looked at the price per load for their largest liquid laundry soap for All.
That price was $0.09975 per load
Now making my own laundry soap costs $0.013 per load, but a single batch makes 5 gallons or 160 loads!
So buying that much in All detergent would cost $14.96, and the work took a total of 30 minutes for a cost of $2.02 for the entire batch, so for a half hour, I saved $12.94 or $25.88 per hour!
Is it actually difficult to make the laundry soap?
No, for the most part, I followed the steps provided on the blog, and I have a step-by-step with a few pictures.
- Fill your pot with a 1/2 gallon of water.
- Grate your bar soap directly into the pot with water. I used a Kirk’s Castile Coconut Oil Soap bar that I got in a 3-pack.
- Gradually Heat the mixture and stir occasionally until dissolves
- Add 4.5 Gallons of water and stir in 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Super Washing Soda
- Stir well and turn off heat.
- Cover pot and leave overnight
- Give it a good stir until smooth and use a 1/2 cup per load of laundry!
Optional step: transferring all of the liquid into other containers (such as old laundry soap container or milk jugs), I am lazy and just store it all in the pot I got from Goodwill. Once it is low then maybe I will dump the last gallon or two into a couple of containers so that I can make the next batch.