This recipe was given to me by a friend which she got from The Duggar Family website. I made my first batch back in March and have been using ever since. Our family does about 1 load of laundry per day for a family of 3. Here is the breakdown of the cost to get started (I don't remember exactly what I paid, so I used prices from an online store).
- 5 gallon bucket w/lid $5
- 1 bar Fels-Naptha Soap $2
- 1 box Washing Soda $8
- 1 box Borax $8
You will need a 5gal bucket, 1 Fels-Naptha soap, 1 box Washing Soda (not baking soda), & 1 box Borax. Now let's get
*Put 4 cups of water in a pot (I use one I don't cook with) and bring to a boil
*Shred the bar of soap
*Add the shredded soap to the boiling water and stir until melted
*Fill the 5 gal bucket half full with steamy hot water
*When all the soap is melted pour it into the bucket. Add the 1 cup Washing Soda and 1/2 cup Borax.
*Mix, mix, mix!!! Then fill the bucket up to the top with hot water.
*Put the lid on and let it sit over night. It will get very thick.
* The next day (or whenever you get to it) you are ready to finish up the soap. Get a couple of containers and something to pour with. I bought these at Wal-Mart but you can use some old laundry soap containers too.
* Fill each container half full with the soap and then fill with hot water to the top. Shake each time you use it because it will settle some. I use the same two containers and keep the bucket in the basement.
Wasn't that easy :)