OK, I’ve gone back and forth with this particular money-saver. Making my own soap took a bit of my time, but it worked great with my old clothes washer, and I did it off and on for years. But when we got the new front load washer that I love so much, I chickened out. After all, the HE washers require special HE soap and who knows what will happen if you grace that expensive washer with your own homemade concoctions, right?
Well, today a reader pointed me to a laundry soap recipe at DIY Natural. It is almost identical to the one I used for years except you don’t have to add water and cook it up on the stove. (Can you say easy??) And because this soap is low-suds, it is also safe to use in HE washing machines.
All it takes is a tablespoon of powder per load, for a savings of $0.15/load. For the 3-4 loads of laundry a day that I do, that’s a $15/month savings. I think I can find something to do with that money.
Homemade Laundry Soap (from DIY Natural)
- 1 bar of shaved bar soap (Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha)
- 1 cup of 20 Mule Team® Borax
- 1 cup of Arm & Hammer® Super Washing Soda
Thoroughly stir together for 5 minutes. Store in an airtight container.