# Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought- Laundry~Detergents~More

1. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

Has anyone done a cost comparison of homemade detergent versus store bought? I can usually buy 128 oz. laundry detergent (we prefer liquid) for \$1.99 on sale. A bar of fels naptha is around \$1.25. Then, there's washing soda, vinegar, etc. Has anyone done the math to see if it's really a bargain? I've never made it, so I just want to know if I'm really going to save money. I figured someone has already been through this exercise....Thanks!!

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2. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

I can usually get my liquid on sale, and with a coupon for a reasonable price.......liquid Arm & Hammer. I have a high efficiency washer and only use around 2 tsp.or a bit moreper load. A big bottle of liquid detergent (200 oz.) usually lasts me 6 months or longer. So I would really interested to know too. Kelly

Maria Jewlz <waiting_4_n_angel@yahoo.com> wrote: Has anyone done a cost comparison of homemade detergent versus store bought? I can usually
buy 128 oz. laundry detergent (we prefer liquid) for \$1.99 on sale. A bar of fels naptha is around \$1.25. Then, there's washing soda, vinegar, etc. Has anyone done the math to see if it's really a bargain? I've never made it, so I just want to know if I'm really going to save money. I figured someone has already been through this exercise....Thanks!!

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3. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

I did not like the home md liq washer detergent. Not cost effective for me, storage problem,and a mess to mk .
I too, buy store bought fot \$1.99 ea,1/2 it w/ water = \$1/gallon. This is what works for me and I am frugal to where my kids (3 in their 40s)laugh at me. They say,"mom,are you still counting your money.?"
But I think the joke is on them because they have their homes paid for,use coupons,garden,shop garage sales,Goodwill, do their own car and home maintaince,freeze their produce,kill hogs ea winter etc. and prob gather around the fire at nite and count their money.LOLOL
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From: Kelly Weyd
To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:17 PM
Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

I can usually get my liquid on sale, and with a coupon for a reasonable price.......liquid Arm & Hammer. I have a high efficiency washer and only use around 2 tsp.or a bit moreper

4. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

<SPAN class="609301516-16012008">
>>But I think the joke is on them because they have their homes paid for,use coupons,garden,shop garage sales,Goodwill, do their own car and home maintaince,freeze their produce,kill hogs ea winter etc. and prob gather around the fire at nite and count their money.LOLOL<<
<SPAN class="609301516-16012008">
<SPAN class="609301516-16012008">OMG, this is SO funny! You Go Mom! That's just a riot.
<SPAN class="609301516-16012008">
<SPAN class="609301516-16012008">In answer to the thread, if you don't use coupons at all, then Yes, it can be more frugal to Make your own Detergent. But lately, I've gotten Very handy using coupons and have been getting Great deals on laundry detergent for .25- .50 a Bottle for Brands like ALL, Purex, Tide, and Biz.
<SPAN class="609301516-16012008">
<SPAN class="609301516-16012008">For me, my days of making my own detergents are gone. I did have this comparison on the site www.budget101.com under Dare to Compare. You can find it using the search.
<SPAN class="609301516-16012008">
<SPAN class="609301516-16012008">~Liss

5. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

I've never made it up, but in theory, all the ingrediants make up

more than the store bought. Personally, I prefer store bought, but I

don't have the time to mess around with trying to make it.

Heather

--- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Maria Jewlz

<waiting_4_n_angel@...> wrote:

>

> Has anyone done a cost comparison of homemade detergent versus

store bought?

>

> I can usually buy 128 oz. laundry detergent (we prefer liquid)

for \$1.99 on sale.

>

> A bar of fels naptha is around \$1.25. Then, there's washing

soda, vinegar, etc.

>

> Has anyone done the math to see if it's really a bargain? I've

never made it, so I just want to know if I'm really going to save

money. I figured someone has already been through this

exercise....Thanks!!

>

>

> ---------------------------------

> Be a better friend, newshound, and know-it-all with Yahoo!

Mobile. Try it now.

>

6. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

Ok, this is my FIRST post ever for you guys, but I had to chime in. I read stuff

everyday and

just sit quietly. Just wanted to say HI and that's great that you instilled in

them good frugal

habits That is what I'm struggling with! I'm Bridget from a small lil town in

PA, I'm 25

and live at home but pursuing my masters. Honestly I want to stay in my lil

town. However

the issue comes in \$. IT is small aka no walmart etc. We have 2 franchises

Subway and

Giant Eagle. The Mellons that own Mellon bank kinda run the town that way so

that it

keeps the lil town flavor. The joke is that anyone that lives here doesn't

really shop here.

The prices are all jacked up high usually. I only shop sales or for a special

occasion or

deal. I try to be frugal but I stink at it. I have expensive taste and was

raised as an only

child (to some spoiled, BUT NEVER a brat) I knew that I was blessed. However, I

was not

taught how to manage money hardly at all. I am a coupon cutter, deal finder, and

if I order

something it is normally on clearance or sale or I have deals to get freebies

with it. I just

love to find out deals and freebies and thrive on that. I am working on the

whole grocery

bill thing, that is what kills me. I love natural/organic food too. I just need

guidance and

that is what I get out of Budget 101 and you all.

--- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Liss" <liss@...> wrote:

>

> >> But I think the joke is on them because they have their homes paid

> for,use coupons,garden,shop garage sales,Goodwill, do their own car and home

> maintaince,freeze their produce,kill hogs ea winter etc. and prob gather

> around the fire at nite and count their money.LOLOL<<

>

> OMG, this is SO funny! You Go Mom! That's just a riot.

>

> In answer to the thread, if you don't use coupons at all, then Yes, it can

> be more frugal to Make your own Detergent. But lately, I've gotten Very

> handy using coupons and have been getting Great deals on laundry detergent

> for .25- .50 a Bottle for Brands like ALL, Purex, Tide, and Biz.

>

> For me, my days of making my own detergents are gone. I did have this

> comparison on the site www.budget101.com under Dare to Compare. You can find

> it using the search.

>

> ~Liss

>

7. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

<SPAN class="539573016-16012008">I use a combo. 1st off, I just use powder. So I mix up a small box of 1/2 & 1/2 of washing soda and borax. Fill my scoop 2/3rds up with it, fill the rest of it up with commercial laundry soap. My commercial soap lasts several months. My clothes get clean, and at a much cheaper cost then just using the commercial stuff.

8. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

I like the idea of mixing the two!!!!! kelly

armstrca <carmstr1@ems.jsc.nasa.gov> wrote: <SPAN class="539573016-16012008">I use a combo. 1st off, I just use powder. So I mix up a small box of 1/2 & 1/2 of washing soda and borax. Fill my scoop 2/3rds up with it, fill the rest of it up with commercial laundry soap. My commercial soap lasts several months. My clothes get clean, and at a much cheaper cost then just using the
commercial stuff.

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9. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

Hi, I made my first batch and to tell you the truth I like it. I have tough laundry and lots of it. If you read the amount of each ingredient you will see that you can make three batches out of the fels naptha and the washing soap and the borax you only use a half a cup and you will be able to make many batches out of one box. So a rough guess I think that you can make it for about \$1.50 for 2 gallons and it only takes a half of a cup per wash. So for my family it is a saver for us but I probably do about 15 loads of laundry a week. Also it took about 10 minutes to make I thought it was very easy. Christina

herberkids3 <herberkids3@yahoo.com> wrote: I've never made it up, but in theory, all the ingrediants make up
more than the store bought. Personally, I prefer store bought, but I
don't have the time to mess around with trying to make it.

Heather

--- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Maria Jewlz
<waiting_4_n_angel@...> wrote:
>
> Has anyone done a cost comparison of homemade detergent versus
store bought?
>
> I can usually buy 128 oz. laundry detergent (we prefer liquid)
for \$1.99 on sale.
>
> A bar of fels naptha is around \$1.25. Then, there's washing
soda, vinegar, etc.
>
> Has anyone done the math to see if it's really a bargain? I've
never made it, so I just want to know
if I'm really going to save
money. I figured someone has already been through this
exercise....Thanks!!
>
>
> ---------------------------------
> Be a better friend, newshound, and know-it-all with Yahoo!
Mobile. Try it now.
>

10. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

Hello Bridget and welcome I am in PA also! What town

are you from? I to have a similar situation, only

child, with no money worries til on my own and now at

29 I to am working on my bachelors and curbing

spending and eliminating debt.

--- Bridget <bridget.shirey@gmail.com> wrote:

> Ok, this is my FIRST post ever for you guys, but I

> just sit quietly. Just wanted to say HI and that's

> great that you instilled in them good frugal

> habits That is what I'm struggling with! I'm

> Bridget from a small lil town in PA, I'm 25

> and live at home but pursuing my masters. Honestly I

> want to stay in my lil town. However

> the issue comes in \$. IT is small aka no walmart

> etc. We have 2 franchises Subway and

> Giant Eagle. The Mellons that own Mellon bank kinda

> run the town that way so that it

> keeps the lil town flavor. The joke is that anyone

> that lives here doesn't really shop here.

> The prices are all jacked up high usually. I only

> shop sales or for a special occasion or

> deal. I try to be frugal but I stink at it. I have

> expensive taste and was raised as an only

> child (to some spoiled, BUT NEVER a brat) I knew

> that I was blessed. However, I was not

> taught how to manage money hardly at all. I am a

> coupon cutter, deal finder, and if I order

> something it is normally on clearance or sale or I

> have deals to get freebies with it. I just

> love to find out deals and freebies and thrive on

> that. I am working on the whole grocery

> bill thing, that is what kills me. I love

> natural/organic food too. I just need guidance and

> that is what I get out of Budget 101 and you all.

>

11. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

<DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="215303918-16012008">I just use an box from used up detergent. It is a small box. My commercial detergent box is also small. They are on top of each other in my laundry area at my house.
<DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="215303918-16012008">I fill the home-made stuff with alternate scoops of the borax and washing soda, until it is full enough. Then 2/3 of the mix and fill the rest of the scoop with the commercail stuff.
<DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="215303918-16012008">It is easy, and not as time consuming as making the liquid mix, or the dry mix where you have to add the shavings of the soap.

From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kelly Weyd
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 10:47 AM
To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought<SPAN class="215303918-16012008">
<SPAN class="215303918-16012008">
I like the idea of mixing the two!!!!!
kelly

12. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

I'm so excited to try my new detergent! This is what it cost me - less than .02 cents per 1/2 cup (that's .02 per load!) There's no way I can buy laundry soap for that amount, even with coupons! I usually pay 2.74 for a 32 load bottle. .25 per 1/2 cup Washing Soda .42 per 1/2 cup Borax I make homemade soap, and have tons of it laying around for years (the end pieces that I won't give away, a misshaped one, etc) So I didn't have to pay for soap. I did addsome lavender, orange and grapefruit essential oils for a great smell. I'm thinking that if I like the results from the detergent, I'll make up a batch solely for whites, and add blueing to it. I hope it works!

armstrca <carmstr1@ems.jsc.nasa.gov> wrote: <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="215303918-16012008">I just use an box from used up detergent. It is a small box. My commercial detergent box is also small. They are on top of each other in my laundry area at my house. <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="215303918-16012008">I fill the home-made stuff with alternate scoops of the borax and washing soda, until it is full enough. Then 2/3 of the mix and fill the rest of the scoop with the commercail stuff. <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="215303918-16012008">It is easy, and not as time consuming as making the liquid mix, or the dry mix where you have to add the shavings of the soap.
From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kelly Weyd
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 10:47 AM
To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought<SPAN class="215303918-16012008"> <SPAN class="215303918-16012008">
I like the idea of mixing the two!!!!! kelly

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13. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

This post brought back memories. When my daughter was young she had to

do a school project. It was on comparing liquid laundry detergent. She

took white sample cloths and put dye on one, grease, lipstick etc and

let them sit for 2 hours before washing. Everything had to be the same

sit times and water temp etc. Then she would do the next cloth and

start the process again. Well she compared the famous well known

brands and then the cheap ones. The Arm & Hammer liquid won without a

doubt. The teachers were impressed. You all should do a test like

that. Don't pay extra just because of the commercial.

HTH

Donna

- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Kelly Weyd <kellmar98@...> wrote:

>

> I can usually get my liquid on sale, and with a coupon for a

reasonable price.......liquid Arm & Hammer. I have a high efficiency

washer and only use around 2 tsp. or a bit more per load. A big

bottle of liquid detergent (200 oz.) usually lasts me 6 months or

longer. So I would really interested to know too.

> Kelly

>

> Maria Jewlz <waiting_4_n_angel@...> wrote:

> Has anyone done a cost comparison of homemade detergent

versus store bought?

>

> I can usually buy 128 oz. laundry detergent (we prefer liquid) for

\$1.99 on sale.

>

> A bar of fels naptha is around \$1.25. Then, there's washing soda,

vinegar, etc.

>

> Has anyone done the math to see if it's really a bargain? I've

never made it, so I just want to know if I'm really going to save

money. I figured someone has already been through this

exercise....Thanks!!

>

> ---------------------------------

> Be a better friend, newshound, and know-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile.

Try it now.

>

>

>

>

> ---------------------------------

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14. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

Tide is definately my favorite, but I will NEVER pay for the Tide price, not even with a coupon. I really like the Arm and Hammer and now use their "green" version, or earth friendly version. But yes, it would be interesting to see how they all compare. I threw a load of kids clothes in the wash today, and they were the dirtiest clothes.......just disgusting. My 7 year old really knows how to get stuff thilthy. I threw in some oxy clean with that load. Oxy clean is another one of those things that is expensive, but I do use it when I have a really thilthy or stinky load to do. Kelly

Grandma Donna <venusypc@yahoo.com> wrote: This post brought back memories. When my daughter was young she had to
do a school project. It was on comparing liquid laundry detergent. She
took white sample cloths and put dye on one, grease, lipstick etc and
let them sit for 2 hours before washing. Everything had to be the same
sit times and water temp etc. Then she would do the next cloth and
start the process again. Well she compared the famous well known
brands and then the cheap ones. The Arm & Hammer liquid won without a
doubt. The teachers were impressed. You all should do a test like
that. Don't pay extra just because of the commercial.
HTH
Donna

- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Kelly Weyd <kellmar98@...> wrote:
>
> I can usually get my liquid on sale,
and with a coupon for a
reasonable price.......liquid Arm & Hammer. I have a high efficiency
washer and only use around 2 tsp. or a bit more per load. A big
bottle of liquid detergent (200 oz.) usually lasts me 6 months or
longer. So I would really interested to know too.
> Kelly
>
> Maria Jewlz <waiting_4_n_angel@...> wrote:
> Has anyone done a cost comparison of homemade detergent
versus store bought?
>
> I can usually buy 128 oz. laundry detergent (we prefer liquid) for
\$1.99 on sale.
>
> A bar of fels naptha is around \$1.25. Then, there's washing soda,
vinegar, etc.
>
> Has anyone done the math to see if it's really a bargain? I've
never made it, so I just want to know if I'm really going to save
money. I figured someone has already been through this
exercise....Thanks!!
>
> ---------------------------------
>
Be a better friend, newshound, and know-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile.
Try it now.
>
>
>
>
> ---------------------------------
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>

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15. ## Cost of Homemade Detergent versus Store Bought

Has anyone done a cost comparison of homemade detergent versus store bought?

I can usually buy 128 oz. laundry detergent (we prefer liquid) for \$1.99 on sale.

A bar of fels naptha is around \$1.25. Then, there's washing soda, vinegar, etc.

Has anyone done the math to see if it's really a bargain? I've never made it, so I just want to know if I'm really going to save money. I figured someone has already been through this exercise....Thanks!!

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