By Alana Couch
How many loads of laundry do you wash in the average day? Two to five I am guessing. We are a so-called average size family, there are four of us. On a “slow” day I wash at least two loads of laundry. Most often I wash three-plus loads. Usually it is Whites, darks, and towels. I am sure you know exactly what I mean. Laundry is a never-ending story for every family. As soon as you get it all done, someone slips in the mud or needs to take a shower. There you have a hamper full of dirty laundry again.
Have you ever sat down and thought about how many loads of laundry you wash in a year? Seriously, it is nuts! If everyday was a “slow”, two loads, day; you would wash 730 loads of laundry in a year! What about those of you with larger families that are on the higher end of the spectrum? Five loads a day is 1,825 loads of laundry a year! That is a lot of laundry.
How much do you think it costs you in detergent alone per year to wash all that laundry? Ever thought about it? Probably not. Let’s say you use Tide laundry detergent. A 64 load bottle at Wal-Mart is $10.94. That is $0.18 per load. If you wash two loads of laundry a day at $0.18 a load, you are spending $0.36 a day on detergent alone. $0.36 doesn’t seem like much for clean laundry, right? Take a second, and figure up how much that is a year. $131.40. What about those large families that do five loads a day? $328.50 Yikes. It adds up. What if I told you that I could help you to cut your laundry cost in half?! It is true, and I can.
Consider making your own laundry detergent. I know, it seems far-fetched. I already know what you are thinking; this is going to be a lot of trouble and the detergent will not work as well as brand names. I know this, because I thought the same thing. I promise you… it is easy, works just as well, and you can pick up all the items you need at your local Super Center.
Four items is all you need. Fels Naptha: heavy-duty laundry bar soap, Borax: all natural laundry booster, all natural Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and Arm & Hammer pure Baking Soda. That is it. Now that you know the ingredients you will need are easy to come by and that you can cut your cost in half are you willing to learn how to make your own laundry detergent?
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