-1 bar of soap, grated
-1 cup of washing soda
-1 cup of borax
-2 gallons of water (one cold)
Grate the soap. Add the soap to a large pot. Add a gallon of water to the pot. Heat until the soap dissolves. Add the borax and washing soda. Pre-pour your gallon of cold water and set aside. Stir constantly and bring to a boil. (Don't forget to stir! Don't walk away! It will boil over and be realllllllyyyyy soapy messy all over your stove. This happened to me the first TWO times I made it.) Once you brought it to a boil, remove from heat. Add the cold water while stirring. Using a funnel, pour the detergent into your containers. Let it cool and gel for about 24 hours before use. Shake before use and use 1/2 cup per load.
-NEVER stop stirring or monitoring the detergent after you add the borax and soda. Like I mentioned above, it will boil over and become a disaster!
-Before you make it, start saving study containers. Juice containers are perfect! The gallon jugs are too flimsy for shaking. It makes more than 2 gallons, so plan containers for that.
-When you pour the detergent, leave some space at the top. If it's too full, you won't be able to shake it. You really need 2 people to pour it because the pot is really hot and heavy. I utilize a strong husband to pour it and I hold the funnel.
-You can add a couple drops of essential oil to make it slightly scented.
This picture was of the third time I made it. (Note: this picture was taken before the detergent had fully set. It's more viscous and thick once it's fully set.)