Thursday, March 14, 2013
Update on Laundry Detergent!!
Okay, I did the original post on February 8th so that makes it roughly 5 weeks ago. I only did a 'half' batch of detergent (1 gallon)! I just made another half batch! So, one gallon makes enough to do 16 loads!
Wow, we go through a lot of laundry! Our usual detergent is about $5.00 a bottle (we shop the military commissary) and only does 20 loads per bottle. At a commercial store, that same detergent is roughly $8.00 a bottle. That means it would take about 1 1/4 bottles of detergent to cover that one gallon that I made (roughly $6.25/$10.00 [commissary vs commercial store].
So, how does this break down per year? 16 loads per 5 weeks is equivalent to 167 loads per year (give or take and that is just my husband and I not our girls). We certainly won't run out of detergent any time soon! LOL! It cost me about $0.015 per load to make the detergent and supplies were bought commercially and not at the commissary!! The supplies that I bought has enough to make detergent to wash nearly 600 loads and cost me $8.00 total.
1 gallon = 16 loads x $0.015 = $0.21 per gallon
167 loads x 0.015 = $2.51 (10 1/2 gallons roughly)
8.35 bottles of commercial detergent (equivalent to 10 1/2 gallons of homemade) x $6.25/$10.00 = $52.19/$83.50. I think I like that we will onlyt go through $2.51 of detergent in a year! How's that for frugality?
As for the yarn balls, we are still using them and they work great! Fabric Laundry Sheets cost $6.97/200 (Snuggle at Walmart.com). They will be used over and over! I will never buy laundry sheets again so the investment is definitely worth the $14.00 I spent on the wool.