If you've not read my previous post, then I'll quickly share that I am on a mission to cut every extra expense possible. Cable is already gone, as are the frequent trips to Starbucks and few other minor frivolities. With the addition of the skyrocketing price of gas (it's over $4 here in CA!), this mission to find ways to save every penny becomes even more pressing.
So, what's my first frugal finding?!
I recently took a poll on the facebook page and found that the average amount of loads of laundry greatly vary between households. Some families only do around 8 to 10 loads, while some larger families have to do 20 or more! Per week! Lord have mercy...lol! While our family "only" hovers around the 8 load mark, I was still curious to see if we could somehow find a way to save some money in this area. Now that the weather is warmer, we can hang dry much more laundry, so we'll be able to save a little on dryer costs, but, what could we do to save even more?
Then I thought about making my own detergent. Several of my large family friends have been doing this for years, but I've always wondered if it was worth the "effort". (You know, as if it took hours on end to make. Ha!) Turns out it's not only worth it, but it's as easy as making a batch of cookies!
Lemme break down the cost for you.
Here's what I've found, based on prices at Target.
Tide liquid is $11.99 for 64 loads making each load $0.19. Sounds great right? Keep reading.
Gain will run you $9.99 for the same amount of loads making each load $0.15. Even better!
Target's Up&Up brand is only $7.99 for the same as above making it an awesome deal at only $0.12 per load. Fantastic! And one of the reasons we switched to Up&Up so long ago. Same quality for so much less!
But, could I save even more? I mean, really?
Enough to summon the prairie housewife in me and actually make it?!
|See how happy she is?! lol!|
After doing the math (with a bit of help from the Hubbs, of course.) I found that I could get 64 loads for $3.98 making each load $0.06. In case you didn't catch that, it's only SIX CENTS per load.
Whyyyyyyy did I not do this earlier?!?!!?
The savings are undeniable. Especially when you look at annual cost. If you wash 10 loads per week, plus bedding and random extra loads you could easily be washing 550 (or more!) loads a year.
So, what does the cost look like per year?
550 loads will cost you:
Tide = $104.50
Gain = $82.50
Up&Up - $66.00
DIY = $33.00
Seriously, stop paying retail.
Now that you know the hard facts, here's the DIY that will save you so much money!
(I found the "recipe" for this here via Pinterest.)
Oh! Wanna know the best part of this? There is NO need to buy a fabric softener - these soften while they clean! How cool is that?! That's even MORE savings!
*1/2 cup bar of Fels-Naptha - It costs $1 or less and I only used 1/4 of the bar. It can be used for 4 batches!
*1 1/2 cup Washing Soda - This runs around $2.50 and you can also get 4 batches from one box.
*2Tbs Epsom Salts - Most of us have this in our cupboards, but if you have to buy it, a 6lb bag will cost around $5. You could get a bazillion loads with that bag. Give or take. lol
*3Tbs Hydrogen Peroxide. Again, a very common household item, but if you need to buy some, it's about $.50 for 16 oz..
*1/4 cup of Vinegar. I always have this on hand, but snagged a gallon for $2.80.
You'll also need:
A grater, a bowl, some parchment paper, a tablespoon and a cookie sheet.
What to do!
1. Grate the bar of Fels-Naptha.
|If I'm going to keep doing this, I should get a big girl grater. Doh!|
|It smells SO good!!!! The original recipe calls for essential oils for fragrance, but we didn't add any. |
We love the "clean" smell. Feel free to add your favorite scent!
3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (wax paper would work, too.)
4. Scoop out the mix using your tablespoon. You'll need to press it firmly into the sides of the bowl and then lightly tap out the disc onto the cookie sheet.
I found that using a rounded tablespoon was easier. For some reason, the mix held together better and came out in a clean disc.
5. Spray them with equal parts water and vinegar. There's no picture for this step because I totally forgot to do it. Woops! I guess it helps hold the puck together. Mine have held up fine without.
7. Store in a container with a lid.
I was able to get 26 laundry bombs out of this recipe! The original post says to use 1 or 2 per load, but we have found for most loads 1 works really well. The only load we used 2 in was a load of bedding. Even a full load of towels came out clean, soft and smelling great with just 1!
I know that this isn't exactly the savings jackpot, or the DIY for growing a money tree.
But, when you are already living on a super tight budget and need to find ways to save even more, making your own detergent can really help stretch that dollar!
Still not convinced? By making your own...
There is no waste.
There are no funky chemicals, dyes or perfumes.
You can add certain essential oils to make it anti bacterial, good for your skin, or whatever your desire. The list of essential oil benefits goes on for miles.
Run out? Head to the cupboard and make more.
Need a last minute bridal shower gift? Make a batch, put in a mason jar, attach the recipe and a tablespoon to a pretty ribbon and wrap it around the jar. Super cute and she will thank you forever!
Buy the products in bulk and save even more per load.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Please come back next Friday for a neat trick that will save you even more!