Have you jumped on the bandwagon yet?
You know…the homemade laundry soap makin’ band wagon.
I’ve been making my own soap for about 2 years now and have save well over $500 from the commercially available brands.
You want to know something?
I don’t miss the commercial brands a bit!
I was a little nervous when I decided to make my own soap.
Would it smell chemical-le?
Would it tear up my hands when I made the soap?
Would it ruin my clothes?
Would it CLEAN my clothes?
And you know what?
Homemade laundry soap didn’t smell bad, didn’t tear up my hands, didn’t ruin my clothes…BUT IT DID GET MY CLOTHES CLEAN!
Making your own laundry soap is really easy and takes no time at all. And if you want to add some essential oils to make it smell pretty, you can do that too!
Plus, you make it once a year and it lasts a year. In fact the batch I am using now is over a year old!
Just to give you an idea of how long a batch lasts, we wash about 10 loads a laundry a week.
To ease into homemade soap making, I began with the dry, powdered soap.
It didn’t give me as much cost savings as the concentrated liquid, but still a huge saving over store-bought.
After a friend of mine, who has a large family, washes about 3-4 loads a day, told me about the concentrated method and how much she saves… I was sold!
So off to shop I went.
- local dollar store – 1 large stock pot, measuring cups and spoons. I stumbled across the Zote soap here too.
- big box hardware store – (1) 5 gallon bucket and lid and a dowel long enough to stir the contents of a 5 gallon bucket. I purchased Zote soap here too – before I found it for 1/2 the price at the dollar store
- my own kitchen – (1) microplane. Mine looks like this* *Amazon affiliate link, see footer for more information
Super important to remember…Once you use an item to make soap … don’t use it for food!
Not even if you wash it…Just keep your soap supplies separate.
One of the first posts I wrote when I started blogging, was all about making homemade laundry soap and the benefits of using homemade laundry soap. I was so impressed with homemade soap, I was giving it away.
If you’ve been reading The Texas Homemaker for any length of time, you know how much I love a FREE printable. Click on the image below and get all my free printable recipe cards. Including the recipe for homemade laundry soap.
Schedule a day on your calendar, invite your best friends over and have a homemade soap making party. You’ll be saving money instead of spending it on those other home parties.
And who better to support your money saving and frugal ideas than your best friends!
I want to leave you with two things:
- I use my homemade laundry soap in my front loader washing machine without any issues. Just add soap to the fill line.
- My step-daughter’s first year of college, I sent her with this laundry soap! Trying to teach her how to be resourceful AND frugal early!
I hope you give this a try. Saving over $200 a year is worth it in my book.