Friday, July 20, 2012

Homemade Laundry Liquid ~ Quick Easy Savings

I have vascillated between using my homemade washing powder, Earthsap's lovely product, soapnuts and Biowash Ball for the last 3 years. A few nights ago I read Rhonda Jean's post about homemade laundry liquid and when I saw the cost saving (even if it was in Aussie $'s) I thought it was time to try it.

I have included a costing for you, but I am really not the kind of person who calculates this kind of thing all the time but I did want to see how it translates in South African Rands.

Firing up the trusty new iPad to her recipe I used the local equivalent products...Sunlight Soap Bar, Buffalo Borax (from PnP) and Washing Soda from the local hardware store.

Rhonda promised that it was 1/2hr of my time, so why not try? I grated too much soap but it's in a baggie for next time. I figure that at the rate we wash I will have to do this once a month.

At one stage I didn't think the soap would dissolve but it did just at boiling point. As soon as I added the cold water to this mixture it started to gel and had to work faster to get it into my containers.

I had saved 2 Earth Sap buckets and had to use another Tupperware container to hold it, but there it is - 10litres of laundry liquid and it actually took less that 1/2hr.

The costing:

Washing Soda R37.95 = 5 batches = unit cost R7.60
Borax R10.49 need just over 1 = R12.00
Sunlight soap R10.49 for 2 bars = unit cost R5.25

Total cost to make = R24.85

As I was using Earth Sap (with no softener) I was spending R270 per month on washing powder. This translates into a saving of R245.15 per month. That's R2941.80 per year.

I will try it on the next wash day and let you know what it's like to use.


Linda said...

Hi Wendy,
We have been using Rhonda's washing liquid for about a year now, it's wonderful and such a saving!

Hope you are well.
Take care


Gina said...

Thank you so much for this, I also appreciate you mentioning where you get the products from (for us fellow South African's) - it saves us from the pavement pounding!

Urban Homestead South Africa said...

Glad to get your positive feedback Linda, thanks!

Glad to help Gina, anytime.

Elizabeth Jansen van Vuuren said...

I made something like this a while ago but (I confess) the lady who does our laundry said it didn't get the clothes quite clean. Could be because we only use cold water, could be a slightly different recipe. Let us know how yours works, I'd be keen to try again.

Cath said...

Interested to know how you find this. My whites turned grey. ;-(