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I am going to tell you how I reduce, reuse, and recycle!By the time I am finished, I hope you decide to do the same.
My name is Sara Kleinpeter, I am a mom of 3 boys. This makes a total of 5 people in my house. I needed a way to save money, for my family. One day, I thought to myself, “I bet I can make my own laundry detergent, instead of spending $15 every 2 weeks”. With this thought, I went online and searched for “do it yourself liquid laundry detergent” and found this recipe on the Dugger family website. Since I do not have 10 gallon jugs just lying around, I asked my friends and family if I could have all of their empty milk jugs orplastic containers with lids. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. By all means, we can all do this. In this slideshow, I will also tell you why it is important and rewarding to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Borax ($2.99 at Wal-Mart or Target–in the laundry aisle ) Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda–$2.99 at local grocery store in laundry aisle ) Fels-Naptha Soap Bar ($1.56 at local grocery store in laundry aisle ) 5-gallon bucket with lid (around $4 at Home Depot, but I use a 5 gallon Rubbermaid tote that I paid 3.97) 10 gallon milk jugs (or other containers) that have been cleaned and rinsed (the concentrate will disperse more evenly if you go ahead and divide it up. OPTIONAL: Essential Oil Drops for fragrance (not sure the price, because we didnt use any)
Grand Total: $11.54 for 640 loads (180 loads in a top-loading machine). That’s a little more than 1 cent a load! And the savings are even greater the nexttime you make this because the only thing you’ll have to buy is the Fels-Naptha soap bar!
Directions on how to make your own laundry detergent
Once you’re ready to use the laundry soap, shake it in the container first. Then add: -5/8 cups for a regular top-loading machine -1/4 cup for a front-loading (HE) machine
When making my own laundry detergent, I reduce the amount of money I have to spend on laundry detergent. By making my own it only cost only pennies for the amount of laundry detergent I get with this recipe, compared to the name brands you buy for $15 every two weeks.I reused my last laundry detergent bottle and milk jugs that I have collected from family and friends.Last is recycling, being that I reused my laundry detergent bottles and milk jugs, that I received from my family and friends, I am recycling the plastic that would have been thrown away before. Not only am I saving money, but I am saving energy too. You see Recycling one gallon plastic milk jug can save enough energy to run your clothes washing machine for over an hour – more than enough for a full load of clothes. Can you imagine what 10 gallons recycled over and over would save? Let me show you just how much over just one year.
I wash about 2 loads of clothes a day. That is one gallon of laundry detergent every week and a half, to two weeks. By recycling 10 gallon plastic jugs, I am saving over 10 hours of energy in just 26 weeks. That is over 20 hours of energy in one year. This is just my family’s savings. Can you imagine if only 4 families saved that much in one year? No, don’t imagine, Let me show you in a chart. The amount on the left is the amount of hours saved by the gallons of milk jugs recycled.
As you can see, if 4 people saved 10 gallons of milk jugs by making their own detergent, there would be over 800 hours of energy saved in one year.
Let’s talk about the cost. If it cost .55 cents perload, when you make your own laundry detergent. $11.54 for 640 loads (180 loads in a top-loading machine), that would be .55 cents a load! You would have to buy 6 gallons of store bought laundry detergent, just to get to 640 loads of clothes, that you can wash with the do it yourself detergent. This would be $15 per every 2 weeks. Need a picture? No problem, here you go:
$900$800$700$600$500 Self made detergent$400 Store bought detergent$300$200$100 $0 2 weeks 26 weeks 52 weeks
As you can see, it cost $780 for one year worth of Store bought laundry detergent. And, only $364 for one yearworth of do it yourself detergent. This is a savings of $416 per year! 10 familieswould save$4,160. Let’s just imagine that10,000 families made his or her laundrydetergent. That would be a total savings of $4,160,000.
To conclude, you are not only saving Energy but you are also saving money by making laundry detergent yourself. The more families that make laundry detergent, the more money that is saved, and the more money saved per year, the more money you can put to bills. The more money you can put to bills, the more money that goes back to the Economy. If people start making their own laundry detergent, this would be good for the Economy. So I am asking you, let’s all reduce, reuse, and recycle, starting one step at a time. Homemade laundry detergent.
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