Sunday, September 20, 2015

New Cost Analysis on Homemade Laundry Soap (Still a Bargain to Make)

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 Box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda© (55 oz)
1 Box Zote© Laundry Flakes (17.6 oz)
1 Box 20 Mule Team© Borax (76 oz)


In a large mixing bowl combine the entire box of laundry flakes (6 cups per box) and washing soda (6 cups per box), then measure out 6 cups from the box of borax and put into mixing bowl.

Pour the remaining borax into a gallon Ziplock bag and tightly seal to keep moisture out of it.

Mix the powder extremely well and place into empty paint can.

Start the washing machine and use warm water. Put one spoonful into the machine, wait a minute then add clothes.

Cost Analysis (9-19-15)

1 Box Zote Flakes............= $2.64
1 Box Borax.....................= $3.97 (with 4 cups left over) final recipe cost is $2.38
1 Bx Super Washing Soda= $3.97
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Total …................................$8.99

This makes a total of 18 cups and the measurement for each load is 2 TB (Tablespoon).
There are 16 TB in a cup...so there are 288 TB in this batch.
288 Tb / 2 TB equals 144 loads this batch.
$8.99 / 144 loads equals $.0624 per load. 6.25 cents per load

Time to prepare took less than 15 minutes.
Most of the major brands run around 20 cents per load to wash your clothes. This is close to a 66% savings.

Asthma Suffers or Family Members with Asthma: 
From Monsoon Matriarch:
Check places like Lowe's and Home Depot if it's not in your grocery. I have to double bag Zote and keep it in the garage because it slams my asthma. Fels naptha is less of a trigger for me. If you have someone with allergic asthma in the family, check Zote with them in the store before buying.
Keep Right On Prepping - K


6 comments:

  1. That sounds like a good thing to know how to make, I use bars of Zote as it has citronella which keeps mosquitoes away.

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    1. I haven't seen those, but here in Arkansas anything to help with the mosquitoes is a HUGE bonus! (and we save money!!!) The Zote bars are on my hunting list now.

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  2. Check places like Lowe's and Home Depot if it's not in your grocery. I have to double bag Zote and keep it in the garage because it slams my asthma. Fels naptha is less of a trigger for me. If you have someone with allergic asthma in the family, check Zote with them in the store before buying.

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    1. I'm adding an edit as a side note Thanks.

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  3. I am having a heck of a time leaving a comment. This is my fourth try so let's see if it works.

    What I wanted to say was that I only wash a load of laundry about every week and a half now. So I buy the big tubs of laundry detergent and then when the tubs are empty I use them for storage. But when my kids were home, I could sure have used your formula then!

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    1. We would love to do one load every week and a half here, but with a nine, six, and one year old that seems like an impossibility.

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