HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP TUTORIAL
Take 2 bars of Fels Naptha soap and grate with a box grater.
Place grated soap in large soup pot and add very hot water to nearly the top of the pot.
Approximately 1 gallon.
By morning, the soap will have melted and absorbed the water, and will look like one big gelatinous glop. Heat the glop over a medium heat till melted...maybe 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, in a 5 gallon bucket, put approximately 1 1/2 cups of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Powder, and 1 1/2 cups of 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster (all three of these items can be found in the laundry/bar soap aisle of your local grocer)
To the powders, add very hot water, approximately 4 gallons, (less, if you used more than 1 gallon in the fels naptha pot) stirring to dissolve.
Finally, add your melted soap/water mixture to the bucket. Your total amount of liquid should be about 5 gallons, maybe a bit less.
I stir off and on through the day with a long piece of pvc pipe. Mixture will thicken to the consistency of pudding.
Have husband/son carry bucket to the washer/dryer area.
Soap is now ready to use.
I add anywhere from 1/2 to 1 cup per load of laundry.
This laundry soap does not get sudsy, like you are used to.
But I find it gets my clothes as clean as any soap I've used in the past...except for perhaps Cheer.
And for approximately $3 or so for a 5 gallon bucket...I'm not complaining!
Make sure you grate the soap and add your hot water the night before you are going to make the soap. I tried just melting it on the stove w/o letting it set overnite, and it took a couple of hours, and stunk up the house like soap!