- Using a regular cheese grater, grate a bar of pure soap - Ivory, Zote, Kirk's Castile or Fels Naptha soaps. One 5.5 ounce bar will make about one cup of flakes.
- Add the grated soap to a large saucepan with 4 cups of water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
- In a large, resealable container, combine melted soap flakes, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup washing soda (sodium carbonate), 1/2 cup borax and twp gallons of hot water. Washing soda is caustic to the skin and you should wear rubber gloves.
- Stir detergent mixture until everything is dissolved. Cover and allow to sit overnight to thicken. If using at this stage, use 2 tablespoons of your homemade liquid detergent per load. This is appropriate for both HE and regular loads.
- For easier use, fill a smaller container with one half liquid soap mixture and one half water. Shake well before each use. Use 1/4 cup per load which equals two tablespoons of detergent and 2 tablespoons of water.
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- Washing Soda is manufactured by Arm & Hammer - Church and Dwight. If you can't find it locally, visit their Web site or call 800-524-1328 for where to purchase.
What You Need
- Bar of Soap or Soap Flakes
- Baking Soda
- Washing Soda - sodium carbonate
- Measuring Cup
- Resealable container