Living in a new town now, I've been searching for the ingredients of my homemade laundry soap: Borax, Washing Soda & Fels-Naptha soap. These items can be a little hard to find. I've often had to go to different stores, or search along the shelves of one store. Not any more!
See the prices? Fairly normal. $3.38 + $3.24 + 97¢ = $7.59. (I did that math in my head, so if it's wrong, don't tell me.) Let me put this in economical perspective: I bought my first box of Borax and of washing soda over 7 months ago. For each batch of soap, I use only a cup each of these two items, so those boxes last a long time. A very long time. I'm not sure how many bars of Fels-Naptha I've used. Six? Seven? Basically, I've used well under $15 worth of ingredients, to have laundry soap for my family for over 7 months. Can you say that? (That includes a whole batch that I sent with Anna to college.)
In my heart, I'm a domestic. I enjoy doing things like this that involve home-keeping. Some women don't, and I'm totally cool with that. It's just a preference. But it sure does save money.