Friday, August 3, 2012

Buying Borax in Bulk

I recently started making our liquid laundry detergent and I think it's great. I have been using the recipe found on the Simple Green Living site. 
The one ingrediant that has been bugging me is the borax, reason being I could only find these little 100g containers in the shops and the recipe calls for just over one of them. They usually cost R10.49 for the 100g tub.
100g Borax tub

The recipe is still very economical and much cheaper than normal washing powder, but I just had to find a supplier who sold borax in larger quantities. So after looking on the web for a little while I came across an advert that led me to Kathy from KCshop, an online store that sell soap making supplies. She didn't have the borax on the site but after emailing her she said she could supply it.
So I ordered 5kg from her on Saturday, which she posted on Monday and arrived here today (Friday). Excellent service if you ask me.
5kg Borax
And the big question is the price. She charges R35 per kg or R30 per kg if you buy 5kg! Factoring in the shipping cost, it would come to about R40 per kg. So one of those little tubs now cost me R4.
This will bring my laundry detergent price right down, not to mention how many other uses borax has in home cleaning products.

Kathy also happened to stock liquid castile soap which I have been searching everywhere for, another product with many uses around the home. I was particularly looking for it to make a multipurpose cleaning spray which I will write about as soon as I have made and tried it out.

Liquid Castile Soap





16 comments:

  1. Hi, My name is nicole, and i also live in Umhlanga durban.
    I have started researching making my own hair products e.g shampoos, treatments, conditioners and I can't find places that supply liquid castile soap,aloe vera juice for example. Plse can u help me how to go about this
    Nicole

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  2. Hi Nicole. Kathy from the post above can help you with the liquid castile soap, she is the only one I have found so far.
    As for the aloe juice, you can find that at http://www.funwithsoap.wozaonline.co.za/home. Both suppliers are very reliable and safe to shop with and will ship to you. Hope this helps.
    I recently stopped using shampoo and conditioner and now wash with bicarb and condition with apple cider vinegar. So far its going well, but I will blog about it soon.

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  3. Nice post.
    y newest favorite substance in the world, castile soap, has so many uses. ... someone thought you could buy Kirk's castile soap at Target, so I went looking today.
    Buy Liquid Castile Soap

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  4. Thank you so much!!!!! I've been looking everywhere for castile soap, borax in large quantities and washing soda! Also a DIYer making detergents at home. I am so impressed with this frugal find :)

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  5. Only a pleasure. I also looked for quite a while so very happy to share with everyone.

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  6. this was so helpful, thank you so much- I am just beginning my journey to a greener and more sustainable life, and have battled to find castile and borax, thank you so much! xxx

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    1. Pleasure Lauren, wishing you the best of luck on your greener journey, it really is very rewarding.

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  7. Hi, where do you buy your castile soap

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  8. Hi
    I am trying to find a bulk supplier of borax.
    KCshop online is not available any more. I live in Pretoria
    Can you help? Please!

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  9. Hi
    I am trying to find a bulk supplier of borax.
    KCshop online is not available any more. I live in Pretoria
    Can you help? Please!

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    1. http://www.kcatzsoapstudio.co.za/

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    2. RETORIA
      Cate-a-Bake Pretoria
      sales@cate-a-bake.co.za
      Tel: 012 379 3200
      Unit H1 Old Mutual Industrial Park
      Cnr DF Malan and Moot Streets
      Hermanstad
      Pretoria

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  11. Hi! Please help me! Do you know any store in Durban where I can buy bicarb?? Thanks for your blog, it's helping me a lot since I decided to make my own cleaning products!!

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    1. You can get Bicarb at Bake-a-Ton in Pinetown. I purchased 1kg of Bicarb from there for about R19

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  12. Thanks for sharing the valuable information,This is useful information for online learners

    Pretoria and Umhlanga

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