- 1 bar grated Ivory Soap (If you use Fels-Naptha only 1/2 bar)
- ½ cup washing soda (not baking soda) (Can increase, see note below)
- ½ cup borax powder (Can increase, see note below)
- a small bucket, about 2ish gallon size
- Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan.
- Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.
- Once the soap melts simmer gently for about 10 - 15 minutes.
- Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved.
- Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket.
- Now add your soap mixture and stir.
- Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir.
- After an hour or so it will gel. But it's better to just let it sit undisturbed overnight or about 24 hours. Mix it well to break it up and liquefy with hand blender, whisk, or even your hand.
- Put into containers of your choice. I prefer clear empty milk jugs as I can see the separation. Shake before using so don't fill your jugs to the top or you won't be able to shake them well.
Update 28 April 2012 - I just made another batch of this and chose to increase the Borax and Washing Soda to 1 cup each. I did this because I live in an area that has hard water and I have some laundry challenges. For my really dirty dirty loads I was using 1.5 cups of the original recipe. 1/2 cup in a pre-wash cycle and 1 cup in the main wash cycle. I will add another update to this to see what impact the increase has on my changes.
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