Favorite Pin Friday: Homemade Laundry Detergent

I’ve been feeling under the weather lately, which hasn’t been a barrel of fun (hence the lack of blog posts). Thankfully, I finally got some medicine to cure my ills. And to go with the meds, I spent the majority of Labor Day weekend being laaaazzzzy and recuperating. And by being lazy, I mean spending an inordinate amount of time half-watching movies and surfing Pinterest. And what happens when we surf Pinterest? We get ideas of things we must do–now–even though we are sick and coughing and should not be doing anything other than surfing Pinterest and half-watching movies.

So what on Pinterest called me from my sickbed? This pin:

homemade laundry detergent by Swamp Hollow Designs

Homemade Laundry Detergent (pinned to my DIY Love board)
Yes, I felt compelled to stop resting in order to gather ingredients and make homemade laundry soap. (Oh, and organize my spice cabinet too.) I have no idea why. I guess I’m just not very good at sitting still! But, this homemade laundry soap made me immensely happy so I’m ok with that. It’s cheap and it’s eco-friendly, both things I love.

I made a smaller batch than the recipe listed here, so here are my smaller proportions:

  • 1 bar ivory soap, shaved. Equals about 2 cups.  (I used my food processor!)
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup borax

I mixed it all together in the super cute jar that I got as a housewarming gift and began using it immediately. It took me about 5 minutes total to put together. This is a winner for sure.

I then tried to determine the cost:

– 4 bars ivory soap: $2.37
– baking soda: I think it was about $2.99 (estimating 9 cups from 4 lb. box)
– washing soda: $2.40 (3 lb., 7 oz. box, estimating 7ish cups in the box)
– Borax: $3.39 (4 lb., 12 oz, box, estimating 10 cups)

SO:

– 1 bar ivory soap: $0.59
– 3/4 cup baking soda $0.33
– 1 cup washing soda $0.34
– 1 cup borax $0.34

= $1.60 for one batch, or about 4 1/2 cups of detergent.

7th Generation, my go-to eco-laundry detergent, costs $6.29 for 33 loads, and All costs $4.79 for 32 loads.

I use around half of an old laundry scoop per load (1/4 cup?), and I’m loosely estimating that I’d need to double mine to equal 30ish loads. So let’s go with $3.20 for my new eco-friendly laundry detergent! Deal!

You can find some better calculations here.

If you want a fun scent, add some essential oils if you’d like. Lavender would be nice. I have some geranium on hand too – those together would be lovely.

Next time maybe I’ll try a different bar of more eco-friendly soap, but first I’ll research and see if there are any you should/shouldn’t use. Anyone know?

One more Pin for you – homemade shaving cream. I didn’t try this one because it sounds complicated, but her story of making homemade shaving cream gives me giggles!

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