The Most Affordable And Green Laundry Detergent (2)


You can take THIS to the bank: When using good quality soap nuts (the mukorossi variety is very good), one-half ounce (usually five or six whole soap nuts or the equivalent in pieces) used traditionally (in a wash bag that is put directly in with your laundry) will be reusable for four to six loads - easily.

So, at only FOUR loads per half-ounce that would give us only 256 loads (not 320) out of 32-ounces. $30 divided by 256 equals $0.127 per load. And we are talking average size, standard loads - not high efficiency loads that will extend the number of uses and thus lower the cost per load further.

Now let's run some "cost per load" comparisons with soap nuts with well known "natural" and other types of detergents in the typical sizes in which they are available. Note that all pricing has come from reputable sellers and are typical prices easily found. Again, all soap nut prices per load are based upon standard loads, not HE loads. I am making every effort to be very conservative and realistic in all my calculations and estimates.
The following are common soap nut prices at various common sizes (I pulled them right off the internet from a reputable supplier): Note: I'm even including common prices for smaller size bags (at higher costs per ounce - and STILL using only FOUR loads per half-ounce wash bag.) - A 64-ounce bag of soap nuts: $57.95 for 512 loads ($0.113 per load) - A 32-ounce bag of soap nuts: $29.95 for 256 loads ($0.117 per load) - A 16-ounce bag of soap nuts: $19.95 for 128 loads ($0.155 per load) - An 8-ounce bag of soap nuts: $12.75 for 64 loads ($0.199 per load)

The following are various commercial detergents in typical sizes and pricing. The numbers of loads are as per the manufacturers' instructions.
  • Seventh Generation's Free and Clear Natural Laundry Detergent 2x Ultra: $11.99 for 50 loads. ($0.239 per load)
  • All's Small and Mighty 3x concentrate for HE washers: $8.49 for 32 loads. ($0.265 per load)
  • ECOS Laundry Detergent, Ultra Concentrated with Soy Fabric Softener: $9.49 for 26 loads ($0.367 per load)
  • Tide's 2x Concentrated Laundry Detergent: $14.99 for 32 loads ($0.468 per load!) This surprised me!
  • Dreft's 2x Concentrated Baby Laundry Detergent: $31.99 for 110 loads ($0.290 per load)
  • Babyganics 3x Concentrated Laundry Detergent: $13.49 for 33 loads ($0.408 per load)
  • Method's 3x Concentrated Baby Laundry Detergent: $10.99 for 32 loads ($0.343 per load)
  • Mrs. Meyer's Lavender Laundry Detergent: $13.49 for 32 loads ($0.421 per load)


By Christopher Sicurella
Title: The Most Affordable And Green Laundry Detergent (2)
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