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What’s The Cents of Laundry Soap?

Is it worth the work to be chemical free and save money by doing it yourself? Below are the approximate prices of what it cost me to buy supplies and cost per load. Prices will vary by location.

CWSoapsFels Naptha 1 bar= $.97

Borax 76 oz= $3.38.  $,36/cup

Washing Soda 55 oz= $3.24.  $.47/cup

Powder: $8.64 for 1 gallon that does 64 loads.  1/4 cup per load. Costs $.14 per load

3 bars of soap ($2.91), 1  55 oz. box Washing Soda ($3.24), 7 cups Borax ($2.49) = 16 cups.

Powder is easier and faster to make, but it may clump in the wash or leave a soapy residue. (I’ve never had this happen.)

To make the powder involves measuring, grating, grinding and stirring.

Liquid: $1.80 for 5 Gallons that does 160 loads. 1/2 cup per load.  Costs $.01 per load

1 bar of soap (1 Cup), 1 cup Washing Soda, 1 Cup Borax, 5 gallons hot water.

Liquid is a lot cheaper! It is a bit more work and time consuming, but it also lasts almost 2-3 times longer.

To make this involves measuring, grating, boiling water, mixing, more hot water and more mixing.

I hope this makes “cents”. 🙂

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Making Laundry Soap Powder

All natural, chemical free laundry soap is cheap and easy to make. The basic recipe contains Washing Soda and a pure soap. Other “basic” recipes might include Borax and essential oils. They aren’t necessary, but boost the power of the soap and add scents. From there, there are many levels of ingredients to add.

This recipe makes 1 gallon for 64 loads.

You’ll need:

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3 bars pure soap (Fels-Naptha, Zote, Ivory, Castile…)

1 box Borax

1 box Washing Soda

Essential Oil of Choice (40 drops) (I use Lemon with either Lavender or Orange)

Bowl, Knife, Grater, Grinder/Food processor (I use small coffee grinder because that’s what I have), Measuring cup.

How to:

Pour 1 box each of Washing Soda and Borax in the bowl.

Cut the soap into small pieces to grate and put into the grinder/processor. I used to only grate the soap, but it kept separating from the powder. Now I put it in the food processor to make it a powder and it stays mixed.

Use about 1/3 of the bar at a time for a small grinder. Add about 1-2 Tbs of the powder mix to the soap before grinding to keep it from clumping.

Before pouring it back into the bowl, add a few drops of essential oil per each of the batches for a total of 40 drops.

Pour back into the bowl. Repeat with the rest of the soap.

All the powdered soap should be gently stirred in with the rest of the powder mix. *You might want to cover your mouth and nose with something as the powder with be in the air.

*You might have an invisible layer of soap powder on your arms and hands when you’re done. Don’t forget to wash up. No need for soap 🙂

Pour into a container with a lid.

How to use:

Add 2 Tbs (1/4 Cup) (I add it to the water before adding my clothes)

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Vinegar

I’ve been cleaning my floors with vinegar for years. A little vinegar in a bucket of hot water is amazing.
I’ve heard vinegar can be used for many other things, including glass cleaner. So the last time I ran out of glass cleaner, I decided to just use vinegar and water…and wallah! It works.
So what else does vinegar do?

Vinegar is a degreaser, deodorizer and a disinfectant.

Vinegar mixed with a few other ingredients can do all this and more!
Mop floors
Deodorize carpets
Clean glass
Remove mold, mildew, rust and soap scum on all kinds of items.
Fabric softener
Repellent insects, including termites!

Here are “1001 Uses For Distilled White Vinegar” from Vinegartips.com