I will say, I was tempted to double or triple the ingredients because it didn't seem to require much and I didn't want to have to mix a batch every Saturday morning. I'm glad I didn't though-this made a sizeable amount.
While you may not have these ingredients currently, they are easy and inexpensive to obtain at nearly any grocery store.
You will also need a large bucket for mixing and-if you choose-storing the detergent. If you don't have something lying around, you can purchase 5 gallon buckets at Home Depot or Lowes or anywhere home improvement supplies are sold.
You will need a bar of Fels Naptha or Ivory Soap. Fels Naptha can be found in the laundry aisle.
You'll also need a box of washing soda (this is not baking soda, it comes in a yellow box) and borax powder.
it starts to thicken
Cut the heat. Pour the soap mixture into the bucket and add 4 cups of hot water. Stir, then add 1 gallon (16 cups for those of you who slept through that part of school) and 6 more cups of cool water. Stir again and then let it all sit overnight to cool and gel. Use a half cup of soap with each load.
|mmmm, blobby soap mucus stuff|
This was fun to make, first of all. I love being a mad scientist. Thing 1 was utterly disgusted when she asked what I was cooking and i replied "Laundry soap."
"I'm NOT eating that." (thanks for the clarification-was I going to feed it to you?)
Secondly, this was easy--not nearly as daunting as I thought it would be. So it won't be "no thing" when I need another batch (although that will be a while).
When I checked my soap later, it was all blobby goopy. From what I had read, this is normal and you should stir it up a bit before each use. It's like congealed gravy with lumps....actually, it's like a big bucket of mucus but it smells good.
I funneled mine into some empty detergent bottles. I think I'll need to shake 'em a bit before each use. Plus, now I have all the supplies for the next two batches....and by then it will be summer.