Friday, December 04, 2009

Making Laundry Soap

Thanks to my friend Shawna, I made my first 5 gallon bucket of laundry soap a while back.

She was kind enough to provide me with all of the ingredients I needed to make the soap, and this link for directions. All I had to do was spend about $6.50 on a 5 gallon bucket with a lid. Not too bad for 5 gallons of laundry soap.

And, the next 5 gallon bucket won't be that expensive either, because the only things I'll have to buy that go round are a bar of soap and some washing soda. I won't even have to buy borax, cause she gave me plenty for my next batch too!

This is quite the money saver, which is very helpful right now because I seem to be going over my grocery budget pretty regularly, though I'm trying to be better at that.

If you're not already making your soap - consider giving this a try. I think it'd cost you about $15 to get started (including all ingredients and the bucket) but the ingredients should last you for 4 or 5 batches (5 gallons each). And, if you already have some of the stuff laying around - even better!


Shawna said...

I think the borax lasts maybe 10 batches? I've only bought it once, but given tons of it away. Or maybe it is the soda? whichever one you just use .5c of.

Mrs. M said...

I'm just not that brave...I have a thing about powdered soap, and hating it.

The grocery thing I may be able to help you with, if you'd like. It's important to get this area under control before the NEW addition, when unexpected expenses become the norm rather than the exception.

MagenRanae said...

Mrs. M - this is actually 5 gallons of liquid laundry soap, not powder! I'm not a fan of powder either - I don't think it dissolves well.

tsbjf said...

I thought I might try this when I saw it on Marcie's blog, but still have not. Seems like everyone is making their own soap these days! Sounds like a great money saver.