The ingredients are fairly simple. You only need 3:
- Borax (1/2 cup to 1 cup)
- Washing Soda (1/2 cup to 1 cup) (If you cannot find Washing Soda in your area, listen to SOS Radio this coming Thursday (Sept. 30th) at 4:30pm PST. I'll tell you how to make your own!)
- 1 bar of Ivory (or Fels Naptha) soap.
(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.)
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?) (Also...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!)
- 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 "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 have hard water, you might need to use a little extra. I would start with 1 tbs & increase to as much as 3 or 4 tbs per load of laundry if necessary.
- If you have soft water because of a water softener, you probably won't want to use over 1 tbs; but definitely not over 2 tbs.
When I do the liquid version (sometime in the ever-elusive future), I will get back to you and let you know how it goes. You will save more money if you use the liquid version, but for me, I needed convenience. I’m still saving money by utilizing the dry version, just not as much.