In the spirit of homemade and crafting, I just finished my first batch of chlorine and bleach-free laundry detergent. Mostly I thought it would be entertaining and something to fill my creative itch, but hello, affordable. I will explain cost-effectiveness in more detail in a moment, but the ten gallon yield of suds would cost around eighty dollars, conservatively, if using ready-made detergent.
Yes, sign me up please. Twice.
5 Gallon Bucket w/ Lid $4.00
Essential Oil (optional) $7.00
10 Gallons of Laundry Suds $22.53
So when you compare that each gallon costs about $2.25 each of homemade suds versus most basic suds (conservatively) range anywhere from $6-14 for the same amount of soap. Also, it’s natural and “free & clear” as far as chlorine and bleaches are concerned. I win. And the only thing that I will have to buy more of each time, for a while, is the Fels-Naptha soap. The other ingredients will last several batches…but it will take me a while to even go through the first batch, and we do a ton of laundry around here! I win again.
Chris questions why we use soap at all after listening to the folks on NPR tell us that it’s unnecessary, it only makes your clothes smell good. If you don’t mind the smell of water, suds are just bonus.