This is the recipe I ended up going with. I basically halved it. I didn't have enough jugs, and I also didn't want to make a huge batch and hate it. :P
Liquid Laundry Soap
½ bar of Fels Naptha soap
½ cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (make sure it’s Super Washing Soda)
1/3 cup Mule Team Borax
20 drops lavender essential oil (optional, but good for antiseptic qualities, and leaves a good clean scent)
Grate soap, put in pot and fill to about a fourth of the pan with water. Melt over medium heat until soap is dissolved and it’s a creamy texture. Add lavender oil if you’re using it.
|Soap and water.|
|Heat just until soap is melted.|
Add borax and soda, stirring occasionally. Make sure it doesn't boil at this point, as it will easily boil over and make a mess. :P
|Add soda and borax.|
|It will be creamy and slightly thicker at this point.|
Heat just until all the ingredients are mixed and it’s nice and creamy. Remove from heat and let cool fifteen minutes or so. I used gallon milk jugs for mine, not the best but it was all I had. I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t melt the jugs, so I waited longer.
Divide between the jugs. I did 2/3 in one, 1/3 in the other. I used a glass one cup measure to transfer it since I didn’t have a funnel that size.
Add hot water to bring the jugs to half and fourth full, respectively. Shake vigoursely, and leave overnight.
|Before I shook it.|
|After I shook it.|
In the morning I took the handle of a wooden spoon and broke up the “glob”, then added enough water to bring the soap up to a few inches below the top, and a little over half in the smaller jug.
Shake vigorously again, and it’s done! J
I tried it today on a load, and I love it! I threw in some soured dish rags, and some jeans that had also soured when they didn't dry well, and everything smelled and looked clean and fresh! I'm not a lavender person usually, but I really like the fresh scent it added.
Use ½ cup per load. Top load: do not put in the soap dispenser, put right in with the wash.
I also did a price break down, and I was impressed with the results! :)
Soap cost ($0.97 for one bar = $0.49 for 1 batch) + washing soda cost ($3.25 for 6.5 cups = $0.46 for 1 batch or 1/2 cup) + borax cost ($3.38 for 20.5 cups = $0.08 for 1 batch or 1/2 cup) = $1.03 for 1 batch. 1.5 gallons per batch. Using 1/2 cup for each load equals 32 loads from 1 batch = $0.68 per gallon, $0.043 per load!
Tide Spring Renewel: This jugs is less than a gallon, about 3 quarts
$12 one jug, divided by 60 loads (as per directions)= $12.00 per jug (3 quarts), $0.20 per load
Savings of: $11.32 per batch, $0.16 per load!!