Lisa - posted on 02/14/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
Easy to make and easy to store (ingreds) for year's supply. Here's the recipe and directions. Enjoy!
1/3 bar Fels Naptha, Zote, or Ivory soap
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax powder
a small bucket, 2 gallon size
Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it slowly until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will congeal. Stir and use 1/2 cup per load. This soap is virtually pennies per load.
A few things about the soap: low-sudsing, that's ok, the ingreds in the soap are doing the cleaning, not the suds.
The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a watery gel that has been accurately described as an "egg noodle soup" look.
Optional: If you want your soap to have some sort of scent you can add essential oil of your choice. My favorite is a citrus or lavendar.
Ingredients are found in most stores near the laundry soap and specialty stain removers, dyes, etc.