Here is a thought...the recipes for laundry products below can actually save you quite a bit compared to buying a standard box of detergent. Here is something to consider... Basic Ingredients for soap total $8.64 + tax but as you can see below instead of one box of detergent, you can make three recipes out of this before aving to purchase only an additional bar of laundry soap to continue. You will still have plenty of the soda and booster to last for several recipes.
I choose to put in a 2-3 drops of tea tree oil which is a antiseptic since I really like the fresh clean scent. If I recall the bottle was approximately $6.00. Some choose to add a scoop of oxygenated cleaner, but if I have really bad grass stains or similar challenges I just use a little of the borax or soda and rub it into the wet fabric and it works wonderfully. Even if you vary the recipe it doesn't increase significantly in cost. I also save money by finding used three gallon buckets - check your local bakery.
I have personally tested the recipes below in a standard washer and dryer. There are comments I have found online about useage of the powder recipe in HE machines ( 1t. per load) with good results, however, I have not tried it. I can tell you when I cleaned my machine, there wasn't very much gunk floating around in the water. In regular boxes of laundry soap, most of it is filler, so we are just skipping that unneccessary stuff. So, by leaving out unnecessary things, what can you use your savings for?
Prices at my regular grocery stores as of today
Arm and Hammer wash soda $2.79 (55 oz.) Brookshire Brothers
Fels Naptha Laundry Bar $1.56 (per bar) Kroger's
Borax Laundry Booster $4.29 (4 lb. box) Brookshire Brothers
1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap (Grate finely)
Let’s call this AM gold
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