I have been using this recipe for laundry soap for several months now:
Homemade liquid laundry soap
4 cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 cup washing soda
½ cup Borax
Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
Fill a five-gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (It will gel.)
Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per two gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons. Top-load machine: 5/8 cup per load. Front-load machine: 1/3 cup per load.
Depending on how hard your water is, you might be able to get away with using a little less in the front-load. Where I live now, 1/3 to 1/2 cup when the soap is diluted is about right.
I also use white vinegar scented with a few drops of essential oil instead of fabric softener. The only thing I don't like about this system is you don't have any static control, but I can live with that.
~~Frolicking Summer Goddess Challenge~~
Start weight ~ 207
Earth (4/22) ~ 201~Actual 203
Inside Out (5/16) ~ 192
Solstice (6/20) ~ 180
4th (7/4) ~ 174
Total loss aim ~ 33 pounds
| current weight: 203.4