I’m a lover of all things homemade. If I can make it myself at home, I’m usually going to try it. Does that always work out? Nope. Sometimes there’s a mess in the kitchen and I have to scramble around to clean it up before Barry gets home so I don’t have to explain the blubber experiment or the blown up plastic jug. *Cough*
However, my mama taught me that just because you can make it at home doesn’t make it cheaper – and sometimes the cheaper cost isn’t worth the time and effort. For example, take deer meat. We usually get a deer each fall. I could just process it at home myself and freeze it. Do I? Uh, no. I don’t want to fiddle with it. I send it to the meat processor who does it for me and has it all nicely packaged up – for $40. Could I do it for less? You betcha. Would I rather shell out the $40? You betcha.
I happened upon a recipe for homemade Oxiclean over at The Grocery Cart Challenge. Of course I had to check it out….and of course I had to tally it up. I’m weird like that. It calls for 1 cup water, ½ cup peroxide and ½ cup baking soda for one batch (some people prefer washing soda). You mix that up and let your laundry soak in it overnight or just skip the water part and pour those other two things into your wash (only one batch is made at a time). That made me a bit nervous –
I know what peroxide does to colors I’ve heard from OTHER PEOPLE what peroxide does to some colors.
I did the math, and turns out making homemade Oxiclean is NOT cheaper than buying it at the store. So, you can scratch this off your list of stuff to make homemade. Let’s keep in mind that Stacy buys Awesome Oxygen from the Dollar Tree (it only costs $1, can you believe it?) instead of name brand Oxi-Clean. In a side-by-side test, it performed the same for me. Here’s the math:
Washing Soda 55 ounces = 5 1/2 cups ($2.79 at Food City) OR baking soda (see comments below) 13.5 pounds = 25.18 cups ($5.25 at Costco)
Peroxide 16 ounces = 2 cups ($.50 at CVS on sale)
That equals out to 11 half-cup portions of Washing Soda so they are $.25 per half cup OR about 50 half-cup portions of Baking Soda that equal $.10 per half cup.
There are 4 half-cup portions of peroxide so they are $.13 per half cup.
In total this means you pay $.38 for one batch of homemade oxyclean using Washing Soda OR $.23 for one batch using baking soda.
There are 12 scoops (one scoop per load) in one16 ounce container of Awesome Oxygen for $1.
In total, this means you pay $.08 for a batch of Awesome Oxygen – a $.30 difference!
This math may not work out in your favor if you purchase name brand Oxi-Clean. But if you’re shopping at the Dollar Tree, you’re golden.
BUT (there’s always a but, isn’t there?), what if you like using this handy dandy Oxiclean spray? I LOVE THIS STUFF. It’s expensive. I think I paid a little over $5 for this job. Yipes. It’s enough to make me cry in the aisle at Target. Is it cheaper for me to make my own homemade spray? YES!!!!
On the bottle of Awesome Oxygen it gives you a break down for how much to add if you want to make it into a liquid for spraying. It assumes you want to make a gallon. Well, I don’t want to make a gallon, I want to make 12 ounces because that’s the size of my bottle. It says to use 1 scoop (equal to two tablespoons) per gallon of water and mix together for treatment of stains.
I broke it down and that equals out to ABOUT ¾ teaspoon for 12 ounces of water. I put it down in my empty bottle, shook it up and I was good to go. I’ve been using it to treat stains occasionally and it’s working great. Mostly I use Fels Naptha for treating stains, but this is nice to have around. I’ve used it on bright reds with no sign of color dulling.
What does this end up costing? Doing the math, I estimate that it costs about $.01 to make a batch of this Awesome Oxygen stain treatment. Shocked?
*This post is linked at Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, at Barn Hop #49 at Homestead Revival, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS, and at Weekend Whatever on Your Thriving Family.