We are always looking for ways to save money and the laundry room is a great place to start.
Laundry…. the chore that never ends!
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Homemade Laundry Soap
Making your own homemade laundry soap is the easiest and most effective way you can save money in your laundry room. It might seem intimidating or complicated at first, but I promise it’s easier than you think.
We’ve been making our own laundry soap for about two years now and it has really paid off! We have saved hundreds of dollars. While you might think it sounds inconvenient to actually make your own soap, it isn’t as inconvenient as running out of soap when you have a mountain of dirty clothes. This will save you from driving to the store and spending a lot of money on a bottle of soap that probably doesn’t last that long.
A Pinterest or Google search will quickly show just how popular and easy it is to make your own. I’ll share with you the one we have used for two years and LOVE. However, there are many of homemade recipes you can easily find if you prefer to have a different one.
Homemade Laundry Soap
Yields: 5 Gallons
1 bar Fels-Naptha Soap
1 Cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
- Grate or finely chop the Fels Naptha soap and melt in 4 cups of water on the stove over medium heat until completely dissolved.
- Add soap and water mixture into a 5-gallon bucket.
- Add washing soda and borax to the bucket.
- Fill the bucket halfway with water.
- All of the ingredients need to be mixed and well combined at this point. This can be done by using the end of a broom handle, a yardstick, long stirring spoon, or drywall mud mixer and a cordless drill (we use this method and it takes just a short moment to mix all together). Be careful if you use a powered device since there is a chance of electrical shock anytime you mix water and power. Also, watch that you don’t splatter your kitchen with soap. Mix slow!
- Fill the rest of the bucket up with water and give another stir.
- At this point, we divided the soap into empty gallon ice cream buckets. (Yay! An excuse to go buy a lot of ice cream and eat it all up really quickly! Your welcome!) You can store it however is easiest for you. You can even leave it in the 5-gallon bucket–with a lid. Just be sure to stir it each time before refilling your laundry container.
Since this makes such a large quantity, you won’t have to buy or make soap for a very long time. You could also share your soap with friends or family members if you don’t wish to store 5 gallons at a time.
DIY Dryer Sheets
Using dryer sheets or fabric softener makes your clothes feel soft and eliminates static. You might not feel like you are spending a lot of money on these but you can save quite a bit by making your own.
To make your own dryer sheets you will need:
- old rags, socks, or squares of fabric made of 100% cotton
- a container of fabric softener
To make them:
- Saturate your “sheets” in the fabric softener, squeezing out the excess liquid.
- Let your “dryer sheets” air dry for several days until they are no longer wet. Do not put them in the dryer until they have air dried. If they are drying while laying on a flat surface, you may have to flip them occasionally.
- Use and reuse until they no longer smell like the fabric softener or until you notice your clothes getting that annoying static cling.
They should last for several months! Then you can re-soak your sheets and reuse them some more! That means one bottle of fabric softener can last you up to a year!
Use Cold Water
Many machines have a setting for using cold water only. The advantage to this is that your hot water heater won’t have to run and you will save money on your electric or gas bill. Cold water will also help your clothes last longer because the colors won’t fade as quickly.
Do you have suggestions on ways to save money in the laundry room?