I love this laundry soap recipe! It seams like no matter how I've messed up the recipe it never ceases to still clean the cloths! :-)
Grab a big ol' pot and spoon. Make sure your grabbing one that you won't mind not using on anything else afterwards! I keep my pot and spoon in the laundry room so that I know it won't get used for food!
Pour 4 quarts of water into the pot!
Then put the pot on the burner and turn the burner on medium heat.
Now you are going to add 1/2 cup 20 mule Team Borax (Sodium Borate)
And 1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate)
Stir these in.
Then grate up 1/2 of a Fels Naptha bar. I use a grater that I know I won't be needing to use with food. I got mine used from Goodwill!
Now pour the grated up bar into the pot.
Turn up the burner to medium high at this point and stir till all the fels naptha is dissolved.
Now you let the soap cool for about an hour or so. You can either leave it in your pan or store it in a big bucket. After it's cooled a bit pour in (up to 3 gallons, I use 1 1/2 gal) HOT water and stir throughly.
~It needs to be stirred once in awhile to keep things mixed up.
~This soap doesn't have a lot of smell so if you prefer, you can add some favorite essential oil!
~I usually just eyeball the amount that I put into the wash, but for a large load 1/2 cup or so works very well! It gives a nice clean to the clothes without the chemical residue that commercial brands can leave behind.
~This batch of laundry soap usually last my family of 3 for about 1 1/2 - 2 months!