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How about a "recipe" for this....

Kitty Mommy posted it years ago:

KittyMommy, on 10 Jul 2008 - 09:16 AM, said:


The powder version I would say is VERY easy, the liquid version takes a little more doing.....tell you what...I'll post both...


The Liquid version will do about 80 loads.


You need:


1 bar of Fels Naptha Soap grated.

1 cup A&H Washing Soda

1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax.


Place grated soap in a pot.

Cover with water and simmer over medium heat until all soap is melted, stirring occasionally.

Pour into 5 gallon bucket.

Add washing soda and borax.

Add enough hot water to fill the bucket.

Stir (I use a long measuring stick, but any long stick will work)

Let sit overnight to gel.

Use 1 cup per load.

You can pour this into old detergent containers or leave in the bucket.

Cover with a lid if leaving in the bucket to protect children and pets.


The powder version:


2/3 bar of Fels Naptha grated fine.  ( I use the whole bar though)

1 cup of A&H washing soda

1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax


Put in a container that will hold 2 cups of laundry detergent. Shake, or stir well, and store in closed container.


Now, the best part:  use only 1 tablespoon per load.  OR, use a scoop from an old box of powder, you won't get as many loads, no, but a lot of folks like those handy little scoops.


These soaps are very low sudsing, so they are perfect for front loaders.   I use them in my HE machine, but I put the soap directly into the washer drum before loading clothes.  I don't like powder soap in the dispenser, its always leaves a little cakey mess!




    * 20 Mule Team Borax: $2.50 for 70 oz. - Cost per batch: .14 (4 oz needed for recipe)

    * Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda: $2.50 for 55 oz. Cost per batch .18.(4 oz needed for recipe)

    * Fels Naphtha: $1.24 per bar. Cost per batch: .83 (2/3 bar of soap needed for recipe) *


One tablespoon of detergent is sufficient per load of wash. If you have a high-efficiency machine, you might want to experiment with using a little less detergent for normal loads. If your clothes come out feeling stiff, lower the amount of detergent. For clothes that are heavily soiled, add a teaspoon more of the detergent..


The powder version makes 2 cups.  If you stick to the 1 tablespoon per load, you get 32 loads.  


I use this and love it, its very fresh smelling, and works great.


"If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler."


-- Jack Lambert --

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