The ingredients are fairly simple. You only need 3: Borax (1/2 cup to 1 cup), Washing Soda (1/2 cup to 1 cup), and 1 bar of Ivory (or Fels Naptha) soap.
Utilizing these 3 ingredients, you can make a dry or a liquid version. I have not yet tried the liquid version, but intend to in the future. I have been using the dry for two years now with excellent results.
Here’s what you do:
- Grate the bar of soap. (I would recommend buying a separate grater for this as it will be very hard to clean it sufficiently enough to use with food again after using it for grating soap. I got mine for 25¢ at a local thrift store. You didn’t really think I would have paid full price, did you?)
- Add grated soap to the Borax and Washing Soda.
- You can make as big a batch as you like and add it to a suitable container.
- You use 1-2 tbs of the mix for each load of laundry.
- The soap will not suds a lot. Don’t expect it to.
- You can use either ½ cup or 1 cup of the Borax and Washing Soda. The amount you use will be totally dependent on your needs. I usually use a mixture with ½ cup each, but I keep a mixture with 1 cup each in a mason jar in my big container for heavier loads (like when my son walks in the door covered in mud).
- If you don’t want to bother with 2 separate mixes, you can always just add a little extra Borax to the load. It is a natural laundry booster that many use even with the regular laundry detergent.
- Yes. You really only use 1-2 tbs with each load. I know it seems like an incredibly small amount. But your clothes WILL be clean. I promise.
If you try it, please let me know how it goes for you. Good luck!
P.S.-(Okay. Not really “post”, but work with me here. Anyway, back to the previously-scheduled P.S.) The kids really love grating soap so if you don’t feel like grating soap today, call a family project…and let your kids do the “dirty” work!
P.P.S.-(Again, please work with me here.) The extra bar you see in the pic above is a laundry bar I buy at the local health food store. It works wonders at getting tough stains out.