- 1 cup of Borax– (You may even have this already from the recent slime fad.)
- 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT baking soda!)
- 5.5oz Fels Naptha soap (you can also use Zote or castile soap – about the same amount, you don’t have to be exactly precise
- 5 gallon bucket with a lid
- essential oil for scent (optional) Mr. Maker and I do not use.
- Grate the Fels-Naptha soap. Add the soap shreds to a pot with 4 cups of hot water. Put the heat on medium-high, & stir until completely melted – about 10 minutes.
- Fill up a 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot water (I like to use the shower for this, it’s easier in my opinion). Pour in the melted soap mixture & give it a quick stir. Stir in the borax & washing soda. If your’e using essential oil, now is the time to add it. You add in ½oz to 1oz, depending on how scented you want it. Although, I never really measure it anymore – I just shake in enough drops to where I feel satisfied. Stir the contents again.
- Fill up the bucket with warm water, all the way to the top – and stir again. If you don’t have a utensil long enough to reach the bottom, just put on a pair of rubber dish gloves beforehand.
- Snap on the lid, & let it sit for 24 hours to gel up. It will have the consistency of egg noodle soup – watery with glops of gel…. This is what it should look like! If you would like a smoother consistency like the store-bought brands, you can use an immersion blender at this point to smooth it out. I don’t bother with this step though personally – the ‘glops’ dissolve just fine in the wash – and having a smoother consistency has no effect on the cleaning power or finished product.
- At this point, you can divide it up between different containers like empty laundry detergent containers, cleaned out milk jugs, etc. I prefer to use 1-2 empty containers, and leave the rest in the bucket to save on space – refilling my containers as necessary.
The best part is the savings. I calculated that with 1 box of Borax ($2.99) 1 box of washing soda ($3.97) and 1 bar for each batch of Fels Naptha ($.97) x 5 bars. You can make 5 – 5 gallon buckets or 3200 ounces of detergent. Each load takes about 1.5 ounces. You could wash 2,133 loads of laundry for $12.00 compared to the average price of Gain (32 Loads, 50-Ounce $6.99) apples to apples would be $465.00 for the same amount of laundry.
What could we do with the extra $450???
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