Here are the ingredients (by the way, I use all of these for other diy cleaning...stay tuned)
all can be purchased easily. The washing soda and borax and Ivory soap all came from my grocery store
The small bottle contains castille soap and can be purchased at many stores, including Trader Joe's or Target
4 cups of water
1 bar of any soap grated (I like Ivory)
one cup of Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1 1/2 Tablespoons Castille Soap
3 gallons of water
5 gallon bucket leftover from cat who couldn't compromise
heat 4 cups of water to boiling and lower to a simmer
meanwhile grate 1 bar of soap
There is something very beautiful about pure white soap curls...Give me a minute
I like to add the curls slowly and mix with a whisk, keep stirring until it dissolves, about 2 minutes.
ooo tiny bubbles...I love up close and personal shots
Now let the whole thing set in its bucket for 24 hours
To be honest, I only let it sit 8 hours this time because I had too many piles of laundry waiting. So, I sped it up by asking my in house muscles to mix it using the drill and a spade attachment...diy girls like me should always find a diy guy...thanks D!
After using the drill it looked like this.
I did a little experiment this time. The castille soap is new. It is used as a stain fighter in my other cleaning products so I am hoping it will get the job done with all the stains my messy boy gets on his clothes. The goal is to use less store bought stain fighters.
The Compromise: Every few months take about 5-10 minutes to make laundry detergent
The Sweet Reward: Huge savings, no unpronounceable ingredients, having a large supply of detergent on hand, oh and I get to grate soap (seriously when was the last time you made soap curls)