I read about this idea over at Mistahomemaker and it is a fabulous, money saving idea. I have stretched it a bit further though and I am delighted with the results. Diluting laundry and toiletry products is something that Wendy from My Abundant Life, does all the time and I do really think that most products that bubble or lather are super concentrated, so diluting them is more than fine.
The trick to making this as economical as possible is to look for the super half price special which the supermarkets run quite often. The supermarkets have cycles where a certain product will come on special about once a month. I look out for these specials and when they came along, I snaffle them up. The special I am talking about today is Dynamo Laundry Liquid, two litres for $8.50, it is half the normal price. I use this Dynamo as the base or soap element for my home made laundry liquid. The other ingredients are the same, washing soda and borax plus the Dynamo, hot water to mix and you have another really economical and excellent laundry liquid.
I make this really economical laundry liquid up in a 9 litre bucket and pour it into some lovely bottles for storage. I use 2/3 cup per load of washing and I am thrilled with the results. It works out to be approx. 4 cents per load of washing, which is amazing value for money.
Ingredients and costing for Economical Home Made Laundry Liquid
1 cup Dynamo laundry that you bought at half price-$8.50 for 2 litres, Cost approx. $1.06
1/2 cup of Washing Soda, Cost $4.00 1kg=approx. 57c
1/2 cup Borax, Cost $3.99 500 grams=approx. 79c
9 litres hot water, Cost-almost free
Makes approx. 9000mls, use 2/3 cup per load=160ml=56 loads of washing from 9 litres
Cost per load=approx. 4 cents
In a clean 9 litre bucket add the Dynamo laundry liquid, the Washing Soda and Borax
Now, top up to the 9 litre mark on the bucket with hot water from the tap
Using a long stick or long handled wooden spoon, mix until laundry liquid, washing soda and borax has dissolved
Syphon into bottles or suitable containers
Use 2/3 cup per load
How do you s-t-r-e-t-c-h your grocery money?