big researcher. Oh yeah. That's me, all the way. I googled recipes and tips for nearly two hours. Here's what I found out. There's a lazy way, and more in-depth way of doing this. Guess which one I chose?
That was too hard for me. Also, there are many sites with notes about the questionable toxicity of Fels-Naptha soap out there. Questions have arisen about it's possible long-term effects due to a product component called stoddard solvent. Not to mention that it can be difficult to find. That said, it's something that I'm choosing to steer clear of, but that's just me. Plus it was too hard. Did I mention that yet?
Laundry Powder. I found everything at my local grocery store in the laundry aisle. A box of Borax, which cost me all of $3.99 A box of Arm and Hammer (Super washing soda) washing powder, which I found for $2.99. And 10 bars of Ivory soap, $4.99. (I'm pretty sure I could have found it for less, but I'd already dragged my hoodlums to Walmart, and Costco, and they were done.)
For each batch, you will need, 1/2 cup Borax, 1/2 cup Washing powder, and 1 bar grated soap. Clearly, you'll be making a multiple batch of this if you bought 10 bars of Ivory.
That was stupid. Do you know how sore your muscles are after grating 10 bars of soap? Sore.
***News Flash, MONTHS later***Do not grate your soap. Pulse it in a food processor, along with the borax and arm & hammer powder, and then you'll have a nice finely ground powder that won't leave undissolved chunks in your laundry, not to mention you'll be done in no time.
that's all you'll be needing for each load. One Tablespoon. Yes, you did read that correctly. And I researched further to find out that this is perfect for those of you with HE machines. It's low-suds, which is important apparently. Also, it's great for septic systems. Better than normal detergent, in fact.
I still had a ton left. Plus, I only used half my box of Borax and I had a cup of Washing soda left! The breakdown has already been done by millions of other thrifty people, so while I might not be exactly perfect here, I'm pretty close.
Total on materials, $11.97. (+ my cute jar, for a one-time grand total of $17.84.)
Total on what I normally buy from Costco, $24.00 ish.
I've read that it comes out to about .04 cents per load. I'd say that's pretty thrifty, wouldn't you?
Here's the recipe/breakdown for 10 bars of soap.
5 c cup Borax
5 c Washing Powder/Soda
10 bars grated soap (pulsed in a food processor)
Mix and use only one TBSP per load.