It is official, I am adding a non food recipe!!! Congratulations to me for broadening out and sharing! This I have tested and I like it, and the cost is measly compared to pre made soap. I am also planing on making a special soap for my cloth diaper laundry, but I will not post about that until it has been tested. I will take some photo's and post soon!
5 gallon bucket (we owned many of these)
LONG stirring utensil dedicated to soap making (I picked a long thin wood board from my husbands scraps)
pot dedicated to soap making (already owned an old thin canning one that was easily moved over to this use)
Grater (I picked up a cheap one from TJmaxx for 3.99 to keep my food one separate)
Hot tap water, lots
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar ($1.29)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (a 55oz box cost $3.49, there is plenty for multiple batches)
1/2 cup Borax (a 76oz box cost $3.99, and that will last even longer)
Grate bar of soap and add with 4 cups of hot tap water to saucepan to melt. Stir continually till all of the soap melts.
Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full with hot tap water, add melted soap, washing soda and borax. Stir well until the powders are dissolved. Fill bucket to the top with more hot tap water. Stir well, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
The next day it will be thick like jello, kinda. Stir mixture well, you will be able to.
To use, fill a laundry soap dispenser half full of soap, and half with water. Shake well before each use because the mixture will gel in-between uses. Use the measuring cup that comes with the laundry soap dispenser.
It is possible to scent the soap, use 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once the soap has cooled.
Yield: this makes a total of 10 gallons of soap