I decided to try my hand at homemade laundry soap. I decided to make a powder because it was easier then cooking it and I wasn't crazy about the idea of having to stir it before I did a load of laundry.
This is what you need to make a batch.
1 1/2 cups Fels Naptha bar soap grated ( 1 1/2 cup is what I got from one bar) $1.39
3/4 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda $3.36 for 55 oz
3/4 cup Borax $3.36 for 76 oz
The price break down is $2.07 to make this batch. It makes approximately 19 loads. That breaks down to $0.11 per load. I use a coffee scoop which is 1/8 cup per load.
To store my laundry soap I bought this snack container on clearance at WM. I believe it was $3.00.
I printed off "Wendi's Homespun Laundry Soap" and used double stick tape to attach it on over the word snacks. I thought about just using my previous cardboard container but after a spill of fabric softener I thought this would be better. It is certainly more attractive and will last for a very long time.
I also have a recipe for fabric softer. I am waiting until I run out to try it. I would love to hear if you make your own laundry soap or fabric softener and what your experience has been.