Now, everyone that I tell this laundry secret to looks bewildered and amazed, like I just levitated..then they want to know how....and pictures are better.
So, I prefer liquid deterent..just to make it sound even more complicated..Stay with me...its not.
Whatcha need is:
I get free pails! Took a lil bit to get the pickle smell out but worth it I think...pickle smelling laundry isnt a great idea..altho, Im sure some would disagree, so if pickle smelling unmentionables interest you at all, let me know, Ill hook you up.
Grate your soap..the whole bar. Now, I love to use Sunlight. you can use any *real* soap...Ivory, Castile..just make sure its not a fake, soap-like beauty bar. I love Sunlight because I find it gels up awesome at the end and smells the best too...Yummm Lemon!
Add your whole grated bar soap to 4 cups of water and toss it all on the stove on high heat. We need to melt the soap.
Add 1.5 cups of Borax & 1.5 cups of washing soda to the pail
(I know you see I have a different pail...My pickle pail full of hot water and melted soap, which then needs to be taken off the counter makes me nervous, so I use a smaller 10L pail here)
Im also running my water which I know is a no-no except here. Im getting my hot water running. Once the powders are measured in, add the hot water. I measured once and marked my pail with a marker, but its about 7 litres of hot water...stirring to help disolve the powders.
When the soap is all melted..add it to the pail..stir it up...
In any case, here I add about 5-6-7-ish more litres of water to the bucket. Ahhh..depends on the day..
Put your concoction aside to cool...preferrably overnight. It will gel up ..and depending on how much water you added at the end, will depend on its thickness. Its all up to you and your prefrence for the concentration.. I scoop out mine with a measuring cup straight from the pail but you could add this to an old detergent bottle and use it that old way...Its your fancy, but shake it up before use..For the recipe I did here, I'll use 1/2 cup per load.....front washers use 1/4 cup...
I always always add 1/4-1/2 cup vinegar to my rinse cycle to soften clothes and remove residue's of soap, sweat or smell. Dont worry, your laundry wont smell like vinegar after it dries...This also cleans out my washing machine drum and pipes at the same time, which is especially important as real soap does leave a residue over time..if you dont use vinegar as a rinse agent, about once a month, run your washer on the hot setting and use a cup of vinegar in it to clean it up.
Also, these soaps dont suds up like commercial cleaners because the chemical that creates suds are not there.
Enjoy! We LOVE our laundry soap and I think works just as well if not better than what I used to buy...I wont ever go back..Play around with the quantites that work for you. I dont use these exact amounts anymore because Ive tinkered with what works for us and now, know how much to add of everything by my black jiffy marker lines on the pail.
Sidenote: My daughter is 10...making our soap is now her chore to do. Fear not concernd parents, Im in the kitchen with her..usually reading a trashy novel and eating potato chips! :-)
Some more Recipes: In short version
Natural Liquid Laundry Soap Mix #2
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Washing soda
1/4 cup Baking soda (optional..to help with smell)
1/8 cup liquid castile soap
I make this as I need it..adding all the ingregients directly in to my washer..I use it for blankets and comforters or heavy soiled or smelly loads (campfires smelly clothes, blankets on beds that go longer between washing, the dog's bed ) for a deep clean. I also buy Peppermint or Lavender Castile soap anyways to clean my house with, so I have this stiff anyways..and my laundry smells so yummy!
Powder Natural Laundry Soap
1 Soap bar
1 Cup Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax
-Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients.
For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons. Yields: 3 Cups detergent. (Approx. 40 loads)