Over the holidays, we were at a relative's house, and there was an accident where one of our children's clothes needed to be washed. It turned out this certain relative makes her own laundry soap, and I was pleasantly surprised at the results. So I thought I would share the recipe with all of you!
With step by step directions, complete with pictures. Because I love you THAT much. (and as always, you know the drill, click each picture to see bigger if it strikes your fancy)
Cast of characters:
-a 5.5 oz bar of Fels Naptha laundry soap (I searched high and low and found this at Publix)
-washing soda (NOT baking soda!)
-essential oil (optional)
-2 clean gallon vinegar jugs
Cut the soap bar into thirds. Put the rest away for the next time you make a batch.
Grate the soap into a pot
Add 6 cups water
Stop and fix your son a cup of juice so he'll quit whining at you
Heat the mixture until the soap melts
Now is a good time to fix yourself a drink too. Something fruity with alcohol preferred.
Add 1/2 cup washing soda
And 1/2 cup borax
And 1 Tablespoon of essential oil if you want
Stir constantly till everything is dissolved, and then keep it on the heat for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
Divide mixture evenly between the two vinegar jugs. A funnel is a smart move.
Fill each jug to halfway with hot water. . .
And shake well
Then fill each jug the rest of the way with hot water, shake some more. The original recipe I got said it wouldn't foam much, but it lied. Although the fact that I was using the sprayer on the kitchen sink to fill them *may* have had something to do with that.
Let sit for 24 hours, and then it's ready to use. It'll be an egg white consistency. Use 1/2 to 2/3 cup for a load. You can add extra washing soda and/or vinegar to the load if you're feeling spunky.
This isn't too much work, and the cost benefits are ginormous. I spent less than $8 on all the ingredients (minus the essential oil, which I already had), and it's enough to make 3 batches, or 6 gallons of detergent. Plus I'll have washing soda and borax left for more.