January 22, 2013 by mamacravings
New Series: “Is it Worth it?”
Pinterest is overflowing with DIYs and homemade products. And I must say, they certainly peak my interest. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have more natural and wallet-easing products that are made by my own hand?
The flip side to this is time and convenience. While I may lust over the idea of making it myself, I have to be realistic. I am already stretched too thin. With 2 teaching jobs, mamacravings, volunteer work, a family and the need to occasionally sleep, I cannot possibly take the time to milk my cow and churn my own butter.
With this being said, I do want to see what I can seamlessly fit into my schedule and see if some of these DIY products are worth it. Thus the newest series for mamacravings: Is it worth it?
Obviously one thing having worth to a person is subjective. When I am asking if something is worth the time and effort, I am asking if I’m willing to sacrifice time in one area to be consistent in my making of the product. While I may find that time is worth it or not worth it, that doesn’t mean you will find the same. And that’s perfectly okay. I am excited to hear from you if you find the project to be worth it or not.
This new series is all about trying new things. It’s about expanding what we already know. It’s about making messes and having fun.
For my first entry of “Is it Worth it?”, we are exploring DIY Laundry Soap:
theburlapbag.com claims that laundry soap can be created in less than 5 minutes for around $3. This was certainly tempting. So, I made out my shopping list and hit the grocery store. I was pleasantly surprised to find all of the materials easily.
My shopping list included:
* Washing Soap
* A bar of soap
I used Ivory Soap because I found it easily in my local grocery store. Ivory is not all-natural. There are some really great all-natural options such as Dr. Bronner’s, Fels Naptha and Zote to name a few.
Additional materials that will be needed are:
* mixing bowl
* mixing spoon
Making the laundry soap is really simple.
First, grate the bar of soap into the mixing bowl.
This is the most time-consuming step. I had a stellar helper in my little Eli. With his help, this step did not take 5 minutes. Without his help, it probably would have taken 2-3 minutes.
Once you have grated the soap into the mixing bowl, add 1 cup of Borax to the bowl.
Then add 1 cup of Washing powder.
Your final step is to mix the ingredients.
Once you have mixed the ingredients, your laundry soap will look like a store-bought powder laundry detergent.
How to use
To use your laundry soap, add 1 tablespoon to your laundry. I have a top load washer. However, I have read that a front loading washer uses the same instructions and has the same effect.
How to Store
I am storing my laundry soap in a mason jar that I had left over from another project. I also added a label so that I would not forget the instructions.
The last thing that I added to my jar was a tablespoon that I attached with twine. My grandmother found a ton of silverware at a garage sale for very little money. I found one that could be threaded through the twine to complete my little jar.
How well does it work? This soap will be laundering clothes for a coach, a toddler, a teacher, a workout enthusiast, an 11 year-old boy and a stay-at-home grandmother. We go through a lot of clothes, and we get them good-n-dirty. I found that this laundry soap worked really well. I don’t have a single complaint on stain-removal or softness of our clothing.
How does it smell? The scent of my finished laundry was subtle. There was a soft Ivory soap smell to them. I found it really refreshing.
How much did it cost? A box of Borax, a box of laundry soap and 3 bars of Ivory soap cost me approximately $10. However, this will make for 3+ batches of laundry. When I buy a name brand liquid laundry detergent, I spend approximately $12 per 64 loads. This DIY Laundry Soap costs less than $3 per 64 loads. All natural soaps do cost more than Ivory soap, but this will not dramatically change the cost of the batch. Overall, I am spending less on 250+ loads than I would on 64. That is quite the savings!
Is it worth it? These ingredients and materials were easy to find. The actual making of the soap only took a few minutes. It saved me some money. It is a gentler product for my family. This is definitely a doable, consistent DIY project. Is it worth it? Yes! I am looking forward to never buy store-bought detergent again!
**Do you think that DIY Laundry Soap is in your future? Are you already making your own Laundry Soap or other household products?**