Laundry, laundry, laundry! It's a never ending cycle around here and it seems that the more I wash, the more dirty clothes my family tends to produce. With the six of us in the home, we still manage to need to wash at least two loads of laundry a day. I still haven't figured out why that is, but that's another story. With washing so many loads, one can imagine the monthly cost spent on laundry supplies. Detergent, fabric softener, bleach, and fabric sheets, all of these things used to really add up. Well, when you've changed your way of living and you're living on only one income, you have too find ways to cut costs so we began to make our own products to save money. Our favorite 3 laundry items to make on our own have been dryer balls, laundry detergent, and laundry crystals. We make batches in bulk, to last us for months in order to save time.
Here's what you'll need:
- 2 boxes of Borax, 76 oz box
- 2 boxes of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda, 55 oz box
- 2 boxes of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, 1 lb box
- 1 box of Oxi Clean, 3 lb package
- 3 Bars of Pink Zote Soap
- 2 Bags of Epsom, 6 lb bags
- Essential oils of your choice (We use a blend of lavender and lemongrass)
- 2 packs of 100% wool yarn (We use Wool-Ease, Fisherman yarn)
- 1 pair of knee high stockings
- rubber bands
- 1 metal yarn needle
Next up, laundry detergent. First thing you need to do, is to break up the bars of Zote. There are several ways to do this, but I prefer to use a food processor. After cutting the bars into small squares, place them into a food processor. Run the processor until te soap has broken down into tiny beads. This usually takes about 3 minutes.
In a 5 gallon bucket, combine the Borax, Baking Soda, Oxi Clean, and Arm and Hammer Washing Soda with the soap and mix well. We only use 2 to 3 tablespoons per load!
That's it! You're all done. You now have homemade laundry supplies that work. You're laundry will be clean and fresh smelling. Now, you can sit back and enjoy the savings!
Peace and blessings,