This is one of those sorta weird things I picked up from somewhere on the world wide web. It turns out, it's more common to make laundry detergent than I had originally thought! There are recipes all over on blogs and homemaking websites. This is the one I use:
1/3 bar Fels Neptha Soap
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Super Washing Soda
2 Gallons Water
Grate the 1/3 bar Fels Neptha into a sauce pan. Add about 6 cups water. Bring to a low boil, stirring, until the soap is melted.
Add the Super Washing Soda and the Borax, stir until dissolved. Add another 4 cups water, stir. Pour into your 2 gallon container, top with water, stir.
I usually make several batches and fill as many containers as I can at one time.
Use 1/2 cup per load. This detergent will gel as it cools, so you should shake or stir it before you measure and add it to the wash. I like using the empty detergent bottles because I can shake it up easily. At first I was leaving a long mixing spoon next to that big container and stirring it up every time...a very funny thought now that I look back on it ;)
Some people add essential oils to theirs after it cools for scent...and I was doing that for awhile, but don't anymore. I do miss the really fragrant laundry smell you get from TIDE or GAIN...but when I think about all the money I'm saving I get over it pretty fast!
When you do about 20 (ridiculous!) loads of laundry per week, you do what you gotta do!
Choosing to love,