I just sat here for 15 actual minutes trying to come up with a clever title for this post. Clearly I have failed, but decided to press on anyway.
Back when the Herban Cowgirls were blogging at “Hex and the City” I did a post about homemade laundry detergent. <http://herbancowgirls.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/the-neverending-laundry/> That was nearly two years ago, and I’ve been washing with my homemade soap ever since. And I have spent less than $10 on ingredients in that time. You heard me. Ten. Dollars.
Today I’m making a fresh batch, and I’m using this recipe from the Simple Dollar: <http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/04/09/making-your-own-laundry-detergent-a-detailed-visual-guide/> I finally found washing soda in my area, so I’ll be interested to see if I can discern any difference between my old formula and the new recipe.
I love my homemade laundry soap. One batch lasts months, my clothes don’t have an artificial perfume smell, and it costs pennies a load. I keep the big batch in the bucket I make it in, but I’ve got an old detergent bottle that I pour some into to work from. It is kind of a pain to pour off more detergent from the giant bucket, but it’s way less of a pain than driving to the store and spending up to $12.99 when the bottle runs dry.
Once last summer, my shirts got a bit “pitted out” (South Georgia summer is harsh y’all). I broke down and bought a bottle of commercial laundry detergent, thinking my clothes just weren’t getting clean enough. The laundry came out with shirts that smelled like armpits and perfume. I was so annoyed. I ended up tossing one shirt as a lost cause, and alternating vinegar and baking soda treatments worked on the rest of them.
In short, I love my homemade laundry soap. It easy, cheap, and quick to make. Win. Win. WIN.