Today I finally got around to making another batch of laundry soap. I don't know why I always put it off, considering it takes me all of 15 minutes to make it. Yes, I know it takes about the same amount of time to buy it in the store, but after making my own, I'm not sure I'll ever go back to store bought - not to mention the cost difference alone is worth taking the time. This is how I make mine:
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
1 bar pure soap (not beauty bar), grated
3 gallons hot water
1. First bring some water to a boil and dissolve grated soap in it.
2. While it's melting, fill your container with 3 gallons hot water (from the tap is fine)
3. Add dissolved soap to container of hot water
4. Add borax and washing soda to mixture and mix well. If you dont have washing soda, you can put baking soda in a glass dish and bake at a low temp for a couple hours, this changes the chemical structure of the soda, making it washing soda by drawing out moisure.
5. Seal container with lid and set in a warm, still place for 24 hours.
A half cup per load should be sufficient to get your clothes clean. Depending on your water, more or less may be required.
I hope to get around to making a batch of bar soap this week. I'll try and post pictures of the process, since it will be my first attempt at hot process soap making. I can't wait to see how it turns out.