First, let us start off by comparing some prices of laundry soap shall we? I'm going to grab prices from Walmart.ca right now as I write this so you can look them up yourself if you want :)
- Tide Free & Gentle Liquid - 64 loads = $15.95 => 0.24 per load
- Gain Powder - 63 loads = $10.97 => 0.17 per load
- Home Made - 60 loads = $2.25 => 0.03 per load
1 bar of Soap (Fels Naptha, Ivory, Zote, something you made at home,etc)
I paid $1.29 for my bar of Fels Naptha at Wegmans, it was even cheaper at Walmart.
1 cup of Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer is what I bought, don't know other brands)
I paid $3.49 for the box, there is about 9 cups in 1 box. 1 cup = $0.38
1 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team seems to be the go-to brand for this)
I paid $3.79 for the box, there is around 6 cups in 1 box. 1 cup = $0.63
And thats how I came to the price of a batch of the home made detergent.
Making it cannot possibly be any easier either....
|Ready to mix up some savings|
|A little lumpy, my borax needing a little TLC|
|In its container ready for storage|
That's it, that's all. This amount is good for about 60 loads since you use only 1 tablespoon per load. If your laundry is *really* dirty, use 2. So even if you end up using 2 scoops every time that means it's still only $0.06 a load! And yes it is HE friendly. The big hype about all these fancy HE washing detergents is a bunch of nonsense, the only thing differant between their soap and top-loading machine soap is HE machines require soaps that make less suds. Since more bubbles does not equal more clean, and this home made is convieniently *very* low-suds it works out perfectly :)
Now....I have laundry to go do.