I don't know about everyone else, but here in Canada it is not unusual to have to pay over $15.00 for a small jug of washing detergent. We are trying to find more cost cutting ways to accomplish the same thing with the same quality of results. I found a recipe on a website called Pinterest that has a DIY section. I have modified the recipe to suit my own taste, but it is mostly in tact. I doubled everything except the washing soda because I ran out and the water because I wanted a more concentrated liquid.
Here is what you will need:
So, here goes!
Grate your soap using a regular kitchen grater.
I decided to run the Borax through a sifter to get the lumps out. It is often damp in BC and things like this clump up at times.
Since I didn't have washing soda on hand, I made it myself by spreading a full box of baking soda.
To make "washing soda" place the baking soda on a cookie sheet and bake it in the oven until it is grainy and slightly tented in color. The original recipe said about 30 minutes. But I think it depends on your oven. I took mine out at the hour mark after checking it several times and stirring it.
I am recommending this step next for those of you who choose to use soap other than "pure soap". What I found was that some of the soap did not dissolve well and had to be skimmed off the top of the pot and put through the blender to make it smoother. I don't know if you would have this problem with all natural soap as this is the first time I have done this. At any rate, it only takes a minute to do.
Using a large stock pot, take the soap mixture and stir it into the pot with the rest of the water, the borax and the washing soda. Heat your water on the stove enough to dissolve your ingredients making sure to stir frequently with your long handled spoon.
I didn't have two gallon jugs. So, I washed out a half gallon jug of milk and a half gallon jug I had of canola oil. Be sure to wash well so that you do not have food residue in them. You can also buy whatever containers you desire to use. Be sure that you jugs are leak proof! Scootard retrieved a jug from our trash can that had been recently crushed and it had a small hole in it! Yikes!!...haha. I had to find another jug! By the way, I used these same containers to measure out my water and poured it in the pot.
Stir everything together and let it cool before transferring to the containers that you will use to store the mixture. I used a measuring cup with a spouted tip to dip into the pot with and a funnel to cut down on wasted or spilled liquid.
Clean up the outside of the containers which are probably slippery by now with soap.
Make some labels for your containers to keep other family members from accidentally ingesting the liquid. It may look like some kind of a cool smoothy to kids!
Store it with the rest of your laundry stuff....:-)
Once you are finished making your detergent, sit down and enjoy a nice snack for a job well done!