#1. "RE: homemade laundry soap" In response to Reply # 0
Dry Version: 1 bar Fels Naphtha soap, finely grated 1/2 cup washing soda (Arm and Hammer) (not baking soda!) 1/2 cup of borax powder (20 Mule Team) Mix together and use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. Feel free to multiply the ingredients to make larger batches.
Liquid Version: 1 bar Fels Naphtha soap, finely grated. Boil 2 quarts water, then simmer and add the bar soap. Stir to dissolve. Put an additional 3 gallons of warm water in a 5 gallon bucket and add 1 cup washing soda (Arm & Hammer)and 1/2 cup borax (20 Mule Team); then add the 2 quarts water with the bar soap and stir well. Let set for 24 hours with the lid on. The next day stir again and put in recycled laundry soap containers. Shake well before each use. Use 1 cup (more or less as needed) per load. If your water is very hard, add 6 cups plain white vinegar to the 5 gallon bucket mixture.
The hardest part for me is getting the bar of soap finely grated. Tips anyone?