there are A LOT of tutorials, guides, recipes and ways to make laundry soap. i decided i wanted to make powdered instead of liquid...most of the recipes are based on the same three ingredients.
this i the kind i used, you can also use Fels Naptha, Ivory etc. needs to be a bar, not heavily perfumed, this bar is actually about 3 times the size of one Fels Naptha, for the same price, so i tripled the recipe.
SUPER WASHING SODA
NOT the same as baking soda, found in the aisle with the detergent...
the tutorial i referenced is here
since my bar of ZOTE soap was bigger than the average Fels Naptha, i did my soap in three batches. i grated a third of the bar at a time, mixed it with 1 cup each of the washing soda and the borax in a large bowl, and then i put it in my kitchenaid blender (you could also use a food processor, i just don't have one). i found that you can't have the blender going with it in there too long, cause it gets hot, the mixture starts to clump and won't mix as well. but for a short mix in the blender, this very effectively turned the grated soap to powder and incorporated the ingredients well.
the tutorial i used says to use 2 TBSP per batch of clothes. i read a few though and they all range from 1-2 TBSP, so do what you think works best for you.
i think this is going to be very economical and from what i've read, it works really well too. i am excited to try it out. i used probably about 1/2 the box of Washing Soda, but not half of the borax, so there's enough left to do another triple batch, i am sure.
ZOTE soap: $.97
Washing Soda: $3.24 (for entire box, 55 oz, i used 24 oz) price for 24 oz = $1.41
Borax: $3.38 (for entire box, 76 oz, i used 24 oz) price for 24 oz = $1.06
total for a triple batch: $3.44
i will let you know how long it lasts...look for updates as it gets used:) just something i wanted to try...