A great money saving tip is to make your own homemade laundry detergent and fabric sheets. This is a great way to save from your family budget. Give this recipe a try. It is our family favorite and we use it instead of store bought.
How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent & Fabric Sheets:
- 1 measuring cup of Borax
- 1 measuring cup of Super washing soda
- 1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap OR 1 bar of Ivory soap
- If desired 1 small bottle of fabric softener
I use 1 measuring cup of Borax 1 Cup of Super washing soda and 1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap or you can use 1 bar of Ivory soap. You can find the Fels-Naptha soap at Kroger and also Walmart but it is not in the isle where all the soap is in the laundry detergent isle.
Shred bar of soap with cheese shredder put into sauce pan covering the soap with just enough hot tap water to stir. Cook on top of stove on medium continue stirring soap until soap melts.
Fill 5 gallon bucket with hot tap water add all ingredients stir put lid on Bucket let stand over night take off lid stir again ready to use I usually fill up one of my tide bottles using the tide lid full for each load washed shake well before each use . You can also add 1 small bottle of fabric softener if desired .
This will make 5-7 Five gallon buckets minus the bar of soap.
I used to purchase Tide from Sam's with a family of 8 it usually lasted us maybe 2 weeks at around $18 . I average around 4 loads of laundry per day . I made my first 5 gallon bucket around May or June 2011 and I just made my second one the middle of October. It works awesome and I will never buy laundry detergent again .
Breakdown of cost:
- 1 box of borax $3.89 (at Kroger)
- 1 box of Super washing soda $3.69 (at Kroger)
- 1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap $1.29
- 3 pack of Ivory soap $1.19 (at Kroger)
Total cost $10.06 plus the investment of your buckets.
Homemade fabric sheets:
All I do with the fabric sheets is pour one bottle of fabric softener (your choice) in bucket and another bottle and ½ of water add 2-4 sponges wring out the sponges put 2 sponges in dryer and there you have reusable fabric sheets.
This post is submitted from our reader Donna Sebastian. Donna is married to her high school sweet heart for almost 30 years she lives in Union, KY. Her hometown is in Eastern KY. She has lived here for 27 years and has 7 children. 6 boys and 1 girl and 5 of her children are adopted. She is truly Blessed.