This is a very light scented laundry detergent. It makes a lot and will last you years! You may want to share it with a friend or relative.
1 - 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (found in the detergent isle)
1 - 3 lb 7 oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (found in the detergent isle)
1 - 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (found in the cooking isle)
3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap (found in the detergent isle) Or you may use Zote bars, however use only two 14 oz bars instead.
2 small (or 1 large) containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (get about 3.5 lbs total) (found in the detergent isle)
Start out by grating your Fels-Naptha (or Zote) soap just like cheese. You may use a food processor or just use your hand held grater, whatever you have. For those of you with an HE washer you may want to run the mix through the food processor again to get an even finer mix. I used a food processor with a grater setting and ran it through twice even though I do not have an HE washer. (However, don't worry, the soap will dissolve in your washer even if you only use cold water).
Toss all ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket that is lined with a kitchen garbage bag. I added a little bit of each ingredient at a time and repeated several times until all of the ingredients were in the bag. This made it easier to thoroughly mix. I used my hands to toss it altogether. Once everything is mixed well, store soap in an airtight container or jar. I used several large empty plastic mixed nut containers. I glued pretty wallpaper scraps around the container.
**Use 1 to 2 Tablespoons of detergent per load. It may not seem like enough but this recipe does not have fillers like the store bought detergent.
This detergent is fairly mild smelling, it is not over powering. If you love a strong scent you may want to add a fabric softener or laundry crystals to each load. You can find laundry crystals in the detergent isle. I did not use a softener or crystals as I heard they can cause a buildup on your clothes and makes towels less absorbent.
Makes about 2 gallons of detergent