So, my supplies came in this morning and I got right to work. It took all of about 20 minutes to make my first batch of homemade laundry detergent.
1/3 bar Fels Naptha (can use Ivory, I did)
1/2 C Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer)
1/2 C 20 Mule Team Borax
Use a grater or food processor to grate the bar soap. Put 6 cups water and bar soap in a pan. Heat, stirring frequently, until soap is dissolved. Add Washing Soda and Borax. Mix until it is completely dissolved. In a 2 gallon or larger bucket (I used a stock pot), add 4 C hot water. Add mix to bucket. Stir. Add another 1 gallon plus 6 C water. Stir again. Cover and let sit for 24 hours. It’ll be semi gelled and resemble egg noodle soup.
I transferred mine into old, washed out, laundry soap containers for easier storage. I also added about 5 drops of pink grapefruit essential oil for a fragrance. I’ll be testing it out tomorrow. Then, I’ll update again.