Sunday, August 3, 2014

What I know now, that I wish I knew then

August is here and September will soon follow, this year is zoooooming past. Looking back, I took note to a few things that I wish I had known when I first got here is goes.

Did you ever notice the expensive price laundrey detergent? *I did as we made our budget & grocery list* Yikes! Sky high prices.
So, after asking some experienced homemakers, I was given this liquid recipe. It is very easy and all of the ingredients can be found on the laundry isle in the store. (Yes, Wal-mart had best prices.) All of the ingredients cost less than $7 and it makes 2 gallons of detergent, good for 64 loads of laundry (1/2 c. per load.)
For those of you who are doing the math, $7 for only 64 does not look good. However, the initial $7 that you invest makes two additial batches, before you'll have to purchase another ($1) bar of fels naptha. So, 64 loads x3 batchs=192 loads. $7/192 loads=about 4 cents per load.
Or two fels naptha...64x6=384. $8/384 loads=2 cents per load
Compared to the cheapest (on sale) liquid detergent $2/32 loads (6.25 cents per load)
Invest $8 for 6 batches/384 loads or $24 for 384 loads
In the long run the homemade detergent pays off! Additionally, you know what ingredients are in your soap. :-) Here is my favorite recipe:

Homemade Laundrey Detergent     Makes 2 gallons
1/3 bar fels naptha
1/2 c. washing soda
1/2 c. borax powder
(2) one-gallon containers

Finely grate fels naptha into a BIG pot. Add 6 cups of water, heat until dissolved. Remove from heat.
Add 4 cups of hot water, washing soda and borax powder, stirring until combined. Set aside.
Divided 1 gallon+6 cups of water between (2) gallon containers. Add soap mixture to each container, evenly dividing as you go. Stir to thoroughly combine ingredients. Set aside & allow detergent to gel for one day.
Use 1/4 c. to 1/2 per load of laundry

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