Featuring a frugal post from my friend, Chelsae Schleich:
Recipe for a year’s worth of Laundry Soap for $27.87 that is safe for a High Efficiency washer! This makes 30 pounds, and is a year’s supply worth if you do approximately 7 loads of laundry a week.
I have only ever seen the Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda and Borax in one size. You can also replace the Biz with OxyClean, I however thought Biz did a better job, as long as it’s 60oz. Fels-Naptha can be replaced with Zote, or you can do 2 of each, I personally like Fels-Naptha better. For the Purex Crystals, you can use any brand and any scent. The crystals are only for scent, so it’s all up to you. You can also add more or less of the crystals to reach the scent you desire.
What you need to get started:
-A big bucket (I used a 5 gallon bucket)
-4 lbs baking soda (.79 x4 = $3.16)
-1 box Arm&Hammer super washing soda ($3.99)
-1 box Biz 60 oz ($6.59)
-4 bars of Fels-Naptha (.99 x 4 = $3.96)
-2 bottles of and scent of Purex Crystals (optional) ($2.99 x 2 = $5.98)
I sat my bucket on the floor and started with the top of the list. First, I put in all 4 boxes of the baking soda and then added in the Arm & Hammer Washing Soda. I cound that if you mix after each ingredient, you get a more even mixture. Then, I added in the Borax and Biz. I mixed this up with my bare hands. Next, you grate all 4 bars of Fels-Naptha and mix well. Lastly, you can add the scent crystals if you choose.
I used ¼ cup of powder per load, give or take depending on the clothing. I purchased everything from Meijer. Prices are above. Enjoy!