Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Laundry soap

Several months ago I made some dry laundry detergent.  I've really liked the results.  I saw several recipes online and made a few changes based on what I had handy.

Box of Borax ($3.97)
Box of washing soda (not baking soda - this stuff is in the laundry isle) ($3.22)
small box of baking soda (.97cents)
1 bar of Zote(97 cents)
3 bars of Ivory ($1)
three containers of dollar store oxy clean stuff. ($3)

grand total $13.13 - not a mix for the superstitious i guess.  LOL

I used my food processor to grind the soap up.  Threw some soda in there to keep it from sticking to the blades.  Came out a nice even powder.  Zote is kind of sticky.  Ivory is pretty crumbly. 

Mixed everything well and put it in a large (2 gallon) jar.  I keep some silica packets in there.  Came with a pair of boots and they keep everything from absorbing moisture.

This amount last my family about 6 months.  There are 3 of us here and one of our sons comes home to do his laundry a couple of times a month.  So I guess it lasts 4 people 6 months.  That's a savings over the stuff I was buying ready made.  It gets the clothes very clean.  Even with dogs & distance runners in the house.  You want a real test of washing power?  Clean a shirt worn by someone who just ran a half marathon.  There's a test for you!

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