Thursday, February 17, 2011

Laundry Experiment - Part 3

I have been asked some questions of why I would make my own laundry detergent...

First and foremost, I had heard about others doing it, and I figured it would be a fun and interesting project to try out.  Simple as that...

Secondly, it saves money.  I spent about $7 on the supplies and $10 for the glass jar which made about 10 batches of detergent.  I am hoping that this will be enough to last us several months.  I would spend more than that on one large bottle of Tide.  And...I felt like I was buying detergent a lot.  I had planned to figure out the cost per load, but knew I probably wouldn't be much good at following through on that.  So...I will refer to Trent, of Simple Dollar, who did a cost analysis who found that the homemade detergent cost 3 cents per load while using Tide costs about 30 cents.

Now, Mark would ask me, have you factored in the opportunity cost?  And, like Sean asked...does the 3 cents include your labor? doesn't include labor, but please reference the first reason I decided to try project.  I wanted to :)  And, it really didn't take much time at all, so yes, it was worth it to me to try this out.

Third, from what I have read, it is more environmentally friendly due to less chemicals than store bought detergent, less plastic bottles bought (sorry, dad!), etc.  I wish I knew more details to relay on this, but you wouldn't want to listen to me try to be scientific - trust me.

Will I keep using this in the long run?  Right now I would say...yes.  I will definitely tweak the recipe as I see fit i.e. using more soap, changing out the soap scent I use, etc.  I also made dishwashing detergent so I will post about that soon!


  1. I want to try this someday. My mom and step-dad make their own, and so does one of my friends. Both of them seem pretty happy with it!

  2. Hey Meghan,
    If you are looking for a more environmentally friendly dryer sheet alternative, I have recently began dabbling in a company called Norwex. They make dryer balls among other environmentally friendly cleaning supplies. Their dryer balls are plastic knobby things that are meant to replace dryer sheets. They get rid of static cling no problem, but I still use a few drops of fabric softner to keep clothes soft. If you need a scent, they have a small opening to put a few drops of scent in them to be steamed into clothes. I'm guessing other places carry dryer balls, but just in case, these are the ones I have: