For about 4 years now I have been making my own laundry soap. I found many different recipies on Pinterest but i never seemed to really like any of them. I FINALLY found one on http://whynotsew.blogspot.com . I still wasn't 100% thrilled with it but that is just because i am picky about my soap. I took this recipe and changed it a little to suit me.
*1 bar of soap (I use Ivory)
*1 cup of Borax
*1 cup of washing soda
*big pot ( that holds more than 2 gallons)
*BIG bowl or second pot
*4 empty gallon jugs
Bring a gallon of water to a boil while grating a bar of soap
After your water is boiling add the 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda, stir until dissolved
After the borax and washing soda have dissolved add in the soap shavings and turn the heat off. Stir until the shavings have dissolved.
Pour half of the mixture into another bowl. then add 1 gallon warm water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool to about room temp. (repeat with the soap mixture in the second bowl)
After your soap gets to a warmer temperature where it won't melt the container you are using go ahead and put it in. (If you let it cool too much it can be very difficult to get it into the container.) Don't forget to use a funnel!!
I use a fridge water container to hold laundry soap, and i store it on top of the washer so i can just pull open the soap drawer and pull up the little tab and that's it, no measuring cups or anything! Of course all 4 gallons of soap won't fit in this container so i keep the extra in empty milk jugs under the stairs (Make sure you label them!!)
I get about 800 loads out of 4 gallons of laundry soap. The cost to make the soap is $6, so that is $1.50/gallon and i use 1/2 cup per load which is about 5 cents!
Please leave your comments, I would love to know if this tutorial helped you make your detergent!