Welcome to the first edition of VS here on A Real-Life Housewife, where I take a look at home-made/diy compared to what you could buy at the store! I will be breaking down the cost of home-made and considering whether the effort is worth it as well as sharing my thoughts on quality for both.
Today, let’s talk about laundry detergent! Exciting, huh?! It’s been about a year now since I made the switch from using Tide to making my own. When we moved and were sharing a washer and dryer, I used what my in-laws had, which happened to be Tide. Around that same time I had the opportunity to try out and review Tide Pods. I really enjoyed the convenience of purchased detergent! So when we got our own washer and dryer, I seriously contemplated whether or not to start making my own again.
Since cost was the major factor in my decision to switch over in the first place, and because I had added oxygen cleaner to the mix, I reevaluated the cost. Take a look:
So-about a 5 dollar margin between the two. Not a huge savings, but enough that I could instead get a pedi and mani once a year!
Let’s next consider the effort involved in making your own laundry detergent. I generally make enough for around 25 loads which consists of mixing together the following:
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 bar Fels-Naptha grated
I used to grate the bar on the big side of the grater and then use my blender to combine all the ingredients. I don’t do that anymore! Grating the bar on the small side cuts out the blender step and produces smaller soap particles.
As far as getting my clothes clean and smelling fresh, I honestly think the home-made detergent does just as good a job as Tide. It even aided pomegranate juice coming out of my toddler’s shirt! I thought the stained shirt was a lost cause, especially when I let it sit for a few days (not for experimental purposes, just pure laziness on my part), but the stains disappeared! Overall, I have been very happy with my home-made detergent! It may not be quite as fragrant as Tide, but it gets the job done.
So…what are your thoughts? Are the small savings worth the small effort of doing it yourself?
For now, they are to me. But if ever I don’t feel like making my own detergent, I’m not going to sweat it. It’s only 5 bucks!
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