So here's the recipe:
3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda (washing soda, not baking soda)
2 Tablespoons Dawn Ultra Dish Detergent
Add ingredients to a 1 gallon jug. Pour in 4 cups of very hot water and swish around to mix. Once it is mixed up, top off the jug with cold water. Tighten the cap and shake it up. How easy is that? No grating, no cooking, no mess. I love it!
Now keep in mind this stuff is THIN, it is not going to be like the store bought laundry soap. It's going to be like water. And you most likely will need to use 1 cup of it, but hey, at 20 CENTS a GALLON to make, who cares.
Use it like you would store bought: If you pretreat stains, pretreat, if you need to use a laundry booster for a really dirty load, use a laundry booster with this, if you use Oxiclean (that's another recipe coming up), use Oxiclean with this. I had one blouse that I had to pretreat before washing and the stain came right out. Most of our clothing isn't dirty, it's been worn and is mildly smelly or just needs freshening. If I don't have to, I don't want to use anything with this laundry soap ---- I don't want to ruin that fresh, clean, sans artificial scent smell!
I put my ingredients in empty coffee containers because once the weather warms up and the swamp cooler comes on I don't want the stuff to take up moisture and get hard. I also cut a small square with the product name from the chipboard containers the Borax and Washing Soda came in to add to the INSIDE of the container. Believe me, you won't be sorry you have done this. If you are anything like me and open both containers at once to begin mixing, you may not remember which is which. Not that it would make any difference in this recipe because you use the same amount of each, but laundry soap won't be the only thing you use this stuff for.... stay tuned. So don't say I didn't warn ya! *SMILE*