Save money!! A lot of money!! Plus this is the perfect soap for front loading machines as it has no sudsing agent added!!!! Sudsing agent are unnecessary chemicals. A lot of the ingredients in store bought soaps are not needed.
I buy my borax and washing soda and baking soda in bulk, big boxes. This alone save money as I only buy these products once a year. Cost for them, 15 dollars total and enough of soap for a family of 4 for 1 year.
I also use Castle bar soap as its cheap and available locally.
- Washing soda
- Castle soap or other lye based soap.
- Baking soda *optional
- Scented oil *optional
*This recipe is for 170 Fl. Oz. of finished soap.
Dump in a pot, I have an old pot that uis for only my soap, 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda. Grate 1/3 bar of lye based soap. I use castle soap. My grater is for soap only. I have another, better, grater for food.
I also add 1/4 cop baking soda so my soap stays in pure liquid form. Without the baking soda the soap would take on a dumpling consistency. I don’t care for that as I found in my HD washer the pure liquid works best. Baking soda is also a great odor fighter.
Then add water, any temperature will do. I add one gallon in the pot.
Stir and turn on the heat. Its cloudy at first.
Heat till simmering and continue till the liquid is clear.
Once liquid is clear, turn off heat.
Let sit till cool. It will turn cloudy again.
Once it turns back to cloudy and its cool stir once again. We have clothes soap!
Its cool and bubbly.
Now you can pour into your chosen container.
I use an old store container that someone gave me. Its the same one I have used for over 2 years now. Its 170 FL OZ. So after I pour in my cooled soap, I fill it the rest of the way with water, shake well. You can also add any scented oils you may like. Add to desired amount. (This is of course more costly) I do not add sent as I am fine with my clothes smelling like fresh clean water. 😀
Before washing a load of clothes I always give my bottle of soap a shake just to be sure its well mixed still. I fill my machine soap cup to its full mark. My machine is a front loader.
In my old top loading machine, I used 1 cap full per load.