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Make Your Own Laundry Detergent - - Really?
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Make Your Own Laundry Detergent  -   -  Really?

MoneyTalksNews recently published an article on making your own laundry detergent and on general ways to save money on washing and drying your clothes. Perhaps you've heard of the idea of making your own detergent; perhaps you already do it. In the case that you have not, or do not, however, here's some news on how you can, including some general saving tips when it comes to laundering.

Don't Use Detergent . . .

Surprisingly MoneyTalksNews recommended, in order to get 100% savings on laundry detergent, that you actually not use it at all! This sounds shocking, the author is aware. Yet, it is reported by various bloggers that such a method works simply because of the agitator on your washing machine--the agitator works out the dirt, without much need for soap. While this method of laundering one's clothes may not appeal to all, it might be something to at least try for some. Throw in your clothes, and see if the clothes appear to be clean and odorless after they have been washed!

Or . . . Save 90% by Making Your Own

If the "no detergent" method is less than appealing to you, however, there is a way, according to MoneyTalksNews, to save 90% on laundry soap. This way involves making your own detergent with the following simple ingredients: 4 cups of water, 1 bar of soap, 3 gallons of water, 1 cup of borax, and a 1/2 cup of washing soda. Note: with these particular ingredients, it is actually reported that you can do a load of laundry for around 2 cents!

Directions for How to Make the Detergent

Bring your 4 cups of water to a boil and then add your bar of soap (note: grate the soap . . . perhaps with a cheese grater). Make sure the soap dissolves in the water. In the meantime, pour the 3 gallons of water into a bucket, and add the soap and water mixture. After this is done, you then add your 1 cup of borax and your 1/2 cup of washing soda, stirring until the ingredients thicken. Let it sit overnight. You'll use about 1/4 cup per wash.

Here's a Bit More

Some other tips mentioned in the writing were to use less store bought detergent than you normally use (i.e. filling up the cap with a lesser amount), to not wash your clothes as often, to limit your purchases of "dry-clean only" products, to use cold water when you wash, to wash full loads, and to line-dry. Of course, there are many other laundering money saving tips. These are just a few of the ones mentioned in the article.

Conclusion

Should you end up making your own detergent (or not using any at all!), enjoy. The author hopes this article can aid in terms of saving money . . . even if it be a bit!


Street Talk

AJ  

I've looked into this but haven't tried it as the start up cost is greater than the cost of 4 or 5 bottles of the laundry detergent I use. Perhaps one day, but I am intrigued. Please let us know if you do make it and how you like it compared to store bought detergent. As for no soap, I will pass, but always use the smallest measure on the bottle and always wash full loads (sometimes too full) so I get my savings there :)

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  about 9 years ago

Yeah, the article never mentioned how much it would cost to purchase the products. Which was a question I was wondering . . . . That would be good to check out, if by purchasing the products if you would end up saving in the end. Personally, I've found couponing to help reduce the cost of detergent. Thank you, AJ, for sharing this. Hopefully I did not write an article simply based on myth, yikes!

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  about 9 years ago
AJ  

It's been a while since I priced it, but I believe start up cost was about $7 for the borax, and I didn't even look for the washing soap (not sure what this is). I always get mine detergent for around $1.50 a bottle on sale with coupons, as you said. However, I'm not sure how much detergent I would get with that size borax or the cost of the washing soap. However, I don't believe you've written a myth, so don't worry there!

  
  about 9 years ago

Eventually, I might just look into this, AJ. It would make for a nice followup article to see if it would save our family money . . . or if couponing does the trick. Thanks for all the info, AJ.

  
  about 9 years ago

The thought of making soap kind of turns me off right now..... :)

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  about 9 years ago

Yeah . . . I read about your adventure!

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  about 9 years ago

Make your own laundry detergent really is a way of saving money! A chemist told me of many other ways. Good article, very informative. Nice picture too.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks, Cynthia. And thanks for reading:-)

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks. I suspect startup costs could be shared amongst people. Kind of a potluck dinner opportunity?

  
  about 9 years ago
Barbara9  

very interesting

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks for reading, Barbara9!

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Penny this sounds incredible will pass it on to the wife and see what she says. Thanks again.

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  about 9 years ago

Yeah, I have not tried it myself, but am strongly considering. I thought the info was so neat, and simple that I had to share. Perhaps your wife will make some too:) That would be neat! Thanks, Rob:)

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  about 9 years ago
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