Sunday, March 22, 2015

Low Cost Homemade Laundry Detergent

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent - Simple Recipe to Save Money
By:Holly Mann


1 Box of Washing Soda ($2.23)
  1 Box of Borax (found in the laundry detergent aisle, approx. $1.99)
  1 Bar of Soap
  Large Bucket
  Mixing Spoon
  Cheese Grater
  Old containers, water jugs, plastic bottles to store the detergent in

Making laundry detergent at home, is an excellent way to save money. According to the US Department of Energy, the average American does 148 loads of laundry per year. Some families wash clothes daily, which would equal a few hundred loads of laundry per year. Laundry soap is ridiculously expensive, and it's time you save some money = each load will cost you mere pennies!

I first made my own batch several months ago, after reading several tutorials online - my favorite which was from the Simple Dollar Website. So, thank you Trent, for your article as it has saved me a lot of money. My son and I enjoyed making our own detergent so much, that I wanted to create a little graphic tutorial for you on making laundry detergent from home. We altered the recipe a little bit to make. It was a fun project to do with my four-year-old son, took less than 20 minutes, and saved me hundreds of dollars (per year).

Tutorial: 4 Steps to Making Laundry Detergent Step 1: First, take your bar of soap (any kind of bar soap will work) and your cheese grater and grate that bar of soap down just like you would a block of cheese. This is the only hard part of making your own detergent, but it is worth the work! Grate it down until you have a bowl full of grated soap.

Step 2: In a large pan on your stove, put four cups of water and bring it to a boil. Take your grated soap bar pieces and dump them into the water, stirring constantly. It will take a few minutes, but continue to stir until the soap shavings dissolve fully. The water will become cloudy and thicken up. When all pieces are dissolved, you're ready for the next step.

Step 3: Leave the pan on the stove for a moment, and take out your large bucket. Put approximately 3 gallons of warm water into the bucket. Then add 1 Cup of Washing Soda, and 1/2 Cup of Borax. Stir it all until it dissolves.

Step 4: Take the pan off of the stove, and pour it directly into the bucket with the mixture of washing soda and borax. Continue to stir until everything is dissolved fully. And, you're done! It is recommended that you let the stuff settle overnight, before putting it all into containers for future usage.

The Final Result: My son and I (within 20 minutes) made a large batch of laundry detergent. We filled up all the old laundry detergent containers as well as the other bottles with detergent, and had detergent to spare. I ran out of bottles so I kept it in the bucket and used that first, before getting to the bottles. This stuff lasts a very long time, and costs just pennies for each load. Making laundry detergent at home is simple, fun and a great way to save a lot of money.

Holly Mann is an entrepreneur, helping others save money and make money from the Internet, at home. She runs numerous websites, and is the author of one of the most popular work-from-home guides, Honest Riches. [] []

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