Here is your shopping list:
- 1 box of Borax - $3.99 at Fred Meyer
- 1 box of Washing Soda (only found at Fred Meyer) - $2.99
- 7 bars of soap - 3 packs of Ivory are free this week at Albertsons with doublers! ($1.49 each, use $1 off soap coupon from sundays paper!)
- Grater or food processor
- Large Tray (got mine at the dollar store on tuesday for $.88!)
- Storage container of some kind (got my tupperware from Fred Meyer for $2.50, but you can use smaller dollar store containers, a bucket, or anything with a lid that you have lying around!)
- Scoop - we used a baby formula scoop, but even a spoon will work! Roughly 1 Tablespoon size
Combine 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing soda, and 1 bar of grated soap. We used up all our supplies so our recipe ended up being 7 cups each of borax and soda, and 7 bars of grated soap!
If you already have bar soap from home to use, or you get free soap this week - the cost for roughly 300 loads equals just $7! If you had to buy soap in addition to the borax and soda your price will go up a bit but it still beats Tide by a long shot!!!
- Can I use this on my front loader HE machine? YES! I have front loaders and I have had NO problems using my homemade soap!
- Is it harder on your clothes? Nope. Again, I havent noticed a bit of difference from switching from my store bought liquid brand.
- Does it clean as well? Absolutely. I still pretreat stains before washing them, but my clothes are nice and clean when they come out!
- Will I smell like bar soap? No! Your clothes come out smelling clean, but there isnt an overwhelming soap scent to your clothing. If you want, you can use a liquid softener in addition to your homemade soap and your clothes will come out smelling like that.
- Does it matter what brand of bar soap I use? No. You can grate up 7 different bars of soap if you want to and combine them all in one batch! Truth be told I got rid of about 10 years worth of hotel soaps when I made my first batch! The only difference you will notice between brands, is that the oilier soaps grate in larger strips than the drier flakier soaps. They are a little tougher to grate and might take you a few minutes longer.