|Grating Soap for Detergent|
Can you do laundry on less than a dime’s worth of detergent? We use inexpensive, homemade detergent at our house, and it works just fine for our everyday things like towels, t-shirts and jeans. Although we keep a bottle of more expensive, store-bought liquid around for a few delicates and we still need to pretreat stains, we mostly use a tablespoon of the homemade stuff for each washer load.
|Homemade Laundry Detergent Costs Less Than 10 Cents Per Load|
We’ve been using green cleaning recipes from Women’s Voices for the Earth for some time now. The detergent recipe starts with grating vegetable soap into flakes. I use two, 4-ounce bars of a coconut, Castile soap, which makes enough soap flakes for a triple batch of the WVE recipe. I like to grind the soap down in a food processor. Then we mix in the other dry ingredients, which include one common baking product. You can find the complete recipe here at WVE’s website.
I had seen previous estimates of 13-cents per laundry load for the homemade mixture. But when I calculated what I paid for ingredients, including a little extra for tax, I came up with less than10-cents per load. I use a heaping tablespoon of detergent. This is less than what I previously paid for store-bought, name-brand detergent.