Laundry Soap Recipe and Money Savings

With “The budget family meal challenge” I realized that I was spending over $30 a month, just on laundry soap.
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More money was spent from September- November because of hunting season. I needed to find a simple solution to this. I searched the web, asked other moms in my neighborhood, asked the question on Facebook if anyone had a good home-made laundry soap recipe. There were a few recipes I got and I tried them, but my clothes just didn’t fell clean. I finally called up my Grandmother who gave me her old recipe. Her original recipe didn’t call for Oxiclean but I added it for the whites.

Laundry SoapRecipe:

A box of borax, washing soda, baking soda, 3 bars of Fels Naptha, 2 small containers of oxiclean.(grate the Fels Naptha bars with a cheese grater) & mix all together. Use a large 5 gallon bucket, it makes it easier.

For $12 I made a powder soap that will last almost 9 months. I use the scoop that came with the Oxiclean containers which is 1 Tablespoon. I use 1 tablespoon per load unless I’m washing a larger load then I’ll add 2 scoops. I’ve been using this for almost 2 months now and my kids and husband have not noticed a difference. My youngest son has sensitive skin so I previously used Tide free. With this recipe he has been just fine. My clothes smell clean, my house smells like laundry soap (I mixed it in the kitchen), I bought a cute container to put it in and I’m done. I can buy these items when they go on sale to stock up, but with at least 6 months worth of laundry soap, I won’t need to stock up. I have a family of 4, my laundry load when I wash towels & sheets is about 10. A normal laundry week is 5 loads. I am really excited about this recipe. If I spent $30 a month on soap X 12 months that =’s $360 a year JUST in laundry soap. Let’s round the $12 price to $20 just for this.. 20 X 2= $40 a year that is a $320 savings a year. I’M SOLD!!!!

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