1 Large (6-7oz.) Bar of Soap, grated
5 Gallon Bucket
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
3 Gallons Water
First grate your soap; I just use a bowl and a big-holed cheese grater.
Get out your BIG stockpot and add 1 gallon (16 cups) of water. I use an old 1 gallon vinegar bottle to measure out the water. Bring the water to a boil and then add the grated soap.
Stir until the soap dissolves and remove from heat. If you’re using Ivory you will have lots of suds….if you’re using Zote Soap there will be less suds.
Get out a 5 gallon bucket and pour the soap/water mixture into your bucket. Add the 2 cups of baking soda OR 1 cup baking soda/1 cup borax and stir until dissolved. If you are using the Ivory Soap it may suds up a lot.
Once you’ve got your soap mixture in your bucket, add 2 more gallons of cold water and stir.
As the laundry detergent cools, it will eventually “gel-up” (this can take up to 48 hours). To help it cool faster and not separate when it does Gel-up, it’s best to stir it every once in awhile. (Don’t worry, the suds eventually go away).