•2 cups bar soap, grated
I used one bar of Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap;
after it was grated it measured out about 2 cups.
•2 cups washing soda (sodium carbonate or soda ash)
This one, I had to track down and I finally found it
at Ace Hardware.
•2 cups of borax powder
•1-quart boiling water, plus additional 2 gallons.
Add the two cups of grated bar soap to very hot water, but not boiling and stir until all the soap is dissolved. While this is on the stove, I got together all of the dry ingredients and set them aside.
Transfer the soap solution to a clean container and add the borax and washing soda. Stir until these two ingredients are dissolved completely in the dissolved soap mixture. I sifted the dry ingredients in, slowly, so they wouldn’t get all clumpy. That step probably isn’t necessary, but powdery clumps make my OCD act up.
Add an additional two gallons of hot, not boiling, water and continue stirring until the solution is fully mixed. Cover and store the mixture overnight and then it is ready to use! I had one of those Sterilite plastic tubs, on hand, to store the detergent.
A quarter cup of this homemade detergent is enough for a regular load of wash. The mixture will resemble a thick soupy gel while it is stored; I use a plastic ladle to stir and measure the detergent in to the wash. This can also be used to pretreat stains on your clothes! It will not leave your clothes smelling like detergent, they just smell…well…clean! And not to mention it is so much cheaper! I figured out, with my horrendous math skills, that it is about $.08 per load!