Expenses can be a pain in the bootie when you are managing a large family, for sure. I have learned to cut corners in a few areas and making my laundry soap is one of them.
Sure I tried "couponing" for the HE detergent for a while but honestly, this is cheaper and easier and my inner- hippie loves it so much.
I use this in my HE washer and have not had any issues. This recipe makes 10 gallons of soap (you only need a 5 gallon bucket) that is concentrated and use 1/4 C for a HE load or 1/2 C for regular washer load. It also washes GREAT!
Check it out.
The bar soap can be found at some grocers. I found mine at the local hardware store and it cost $1.29. The other items are usually at the grocery store in the laundry isle. They cost roughly $4 a box. You will use these for many batches of soap. Promise.
You might get a large paint stirring stick at the paint center to stir this all up.
After it is mixed together well, add more water to the top of the bucket, snap the lid on and let it set OVERNIGHT.
Fill your container halfway with soap and then add water the rest of the way. Give it a good shake to mix it up before each use.
This bucket of soap lasts me about 4 months. I figure about $5 for 4 months is great savings compared to $10-$20 a month with regular HE.
Yes, I wash my cloth diapers with this stuff too.
So, what other ways can you save a buck or two with a large family?