DIY All Natural Laundry Soap
With buckling down on our finances I’m learning how to cut costs in everything that we do. We started by cutting our bills down as much as possible and we were able to save $648 per year! Now, that's a good start if I do say so myself. The latest DIY trick that I’ve learned how to cut costs is by making my own laundry soap. I’ve also made fabric softener and dryer sheets too. Not only is this a great area to cut down major costs (I’ll do the math a little later) but it’s eco friendly, chemical free, and great for those who have sensitive skin!
My husband – who works on his car regularly (we lovingly call it The Beast) – was hesitant because oil and grease are hard set in stains and are very strong in the smelling department. After testing this theory with the new detergent, softener, and fabric sheets – we noticed that the grimy “old car smell” was 100% out of his clothes! Which was a miracle!
Here’s what you’ll need:
3 – 4 oz bars Tom’s Unscented Sensitive Soap Bar
4 lbs Baking Soda
3. 7 lbs Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (1 box)
5 lbs OxiClean (1 container)
Large container to mix everything in (I use this glass container)
You’ll want to grate your Toms soap into small little pieces. I use my normal grater with a Tupperware container at the bottom to reduce the mess. Also, if you want a more scented laundry detergent you can use Toms Lavender Soap that might give it an added oomph in the smell department.
Mix in the Baking Soda and Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda . NOTE: Do not breathe in the powder when you mix it in. Wear a mask or turn your head.
Lastly, mix in the OxiClean – and walah! You’re done.
This super easy and cost effective laundry soap will last me around 9-12 months depending on how much soap I need to use. I used to use Tide and it would last about 4 months on average.
Super Washing Soda $3.97
Baking Soda $2.24
Tom’s Bar Soap (x3) $10.77
I use about 2-3 tablespoons per laundry load meaning that by DIY-ing this laundry soap I’m saving a whopping $50.44 over the course of the year – at least! That might not seem like saving a lot of money but once you add it up with the DIY Fabric Softener and the DIY Dryer Sheets that means that I will have saved around $104.44 over the course of the year not including saving $648 yearly on car insurance, phone, and internet by calling and asking for a lower price. Which brings us to a yearly savings of $752.44. Talk about exciting!
Especially now that we can put that money towards paying off our debt. One baby step closer!
Happy laundry day friends!