Before anything else, I went to the Dollar Tree and bought an "Iced Tea" jug to keep my soap in. You do not have to do this at all. It was just something I chose to do. Because this recipe will create TWO GALLONS of soap, you will need enough containers to store it in as well as a pot big enough to make it in. For my extra gallon of soap, I used an empty water gallon jug that I made SURE to mark clearly because the soap IS clear. I don't really think anyone could mistake a gel liquid for water, but better safe than sorry :) I had bought a "soap grater" (which is actually just a cheese grater that I ONLY use for soap) at the dollar store a while back when I was making my soap balls. I also have a wooden spoon that I bought at the Dollar Tree as well to use JUST for soap.
You will need:
1/3 bar of Zote Laundry Soap (or any other laundry soap your store may carry)
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder
Pot big enough to hold two gallons OR a bucket big enough to mix two gallons in
Containers to keep your new Laundry Soap in!
Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load.
~The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a watery gel.
~The soap is a low sudsing soap. So if you don’t see suds, that is ok. Suds are not what does the cleaning, it is the ingredients in the soap.
Optional: If you want your soap to have some sort of scent you can scent this with ½ to 1 oz. of essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice.
Total cost: SEVENTY ONE CENTS for 64 loads of laundry!!!