DIY Homemade Laundry Soap

While I was in Washington, visiting my family, my ward at church did an activity where they learned to make homemade laundry detergent.  My friend, Ginger, spear-headed the whole she-bang, and since I missed it, sent me the directions so I could make it when I got home.
My hub and I did it this week, and I can’t wait to use it on my clothes…it was so dang cheap and made so much!
Here’s the recipe:
8-12 Cups of Water
1 Bar of grated Fels Naptha soap
1-5 Gallon Bucket ( I got mine at Home Depot…and it’s the Martha Stewart line…pretty, huh?)
1 Cup of Arm and Hammer washing soda (not baking soda!)
1 Cup of 20 mule team Borax
4 1/2 Gallons of Water
Put grated Fels-Naptha soap into large saucepan and cover with 8-12 cups of water.
Heat on Medium High until dissolved.
Add 1 Cup of Washing Soda and 1 Cup of Borax and mix well.
Make sure all ingredients are dissolved.
Fill bucket with 2 gallons of HOT water and add soap mixture.  Stir to combine.
Add remaining water.  As it cools it will thicken.  Allow to thicken over night.  If it thickens too much, add hot water and mix well.  Use 1/2 -1 Cup per load of laundry!
So, here’s the general skinny from my end:
 my cute Martha turquoise bucket———-$2.50
Lid for my cute Marth bucket————–$0.98
 Fels-Naptha soap————————-$0.97
Washing Soda—————————–$3.24 (It’ll last me several batches!)
Borax————————————-$2.98 (Again, it’ll ast me several batches)
Grand Total for my first batch————–$10.67
BUT I’ll never have to buy the bucket again, and since I only used a Cup of both the Soda and the Borax, I’ll only be purchasing the Fels Naptha bar of soap each time I make it forever more…So, rather than spending $20 on my laundry detergent…I’ll only be spending ONE pretty little dollar for 5 gallons worth of Clean!
sounds good to me!
try it!
(ps…I bought all of my stuff, with the exception of my bucket, at Wal-Mart (ewww))