Life gets expensive. Groceries, entertainment, gas, electricity bills, rent, healthcare, the list goes on. Yesterday I was doing my laundry and realized I was down to my last two detergent pods. Well crap. Another fricken expense that I don’t want to pay for. I thought, “What can you do to save your bank account and the environment.” So naturally, I hopped onto my beloved Pinterest, researched homemade laundry detergent and went on my way.
I am a diehard Target enthusiast (#cartwheel), maybe I’m biased because I used to work there. BUT, I found out that they do not offer some of the ingredients needed! After walking past the bright red strawberries that I couldn’t pass up, I checked out and headed over to Walmart. These ingredients are cheaper than I expected…check it out!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
1-box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1-box Baking Soda OR Oxi Clean OR stain power equivalent
3-bars of Fels-Naptha soap
Mix everything together in a big container! I used an old pod container. It will make more than you expect. Add a little of each at a time to make sure it is mixed up well. Shake, stir, do what you gotta do to get it all mixed! Once finished, pick the clothes up off your floor, and do your laundry.
It’s as simple as that! All of these ingredients cost me just under $14. It should produce about 24+ cups of detergent. Each load of laundry is 1 tablespoon. A heaver load, simply add more. You can substitute the Fels-Naptha soap for a different soap. You can use Ivory, Dove or even the all natural Castile soap which has a delicious lavender smell (as well as other options)! This bar of soap will run you $4.69 at Target. This is also HE approved!
1 cup=16 tablespoons x 24 cups = 384 loads! $14/384 loads= 3.6¢ per load!!
So…if you average 2 loads of laundry per week..384 loads/2=192/52 weeks= 3.6 years!!! Give or take. I’ll take $3.88 per year on laundry detergent any day.
Not only is this cheap, it is also Earth friendly & less waste to the environment!