Grate and dissolve a 3 oz bar of ivory soap in 5 cups of water on the stove.
Pour 3 gallons of hot water in a 5 gallon bucket.
Add ivory water and stir.
Stir in 1/2 cup of washing soda (not baking soda - can be found in many stores' laundry...... aisle.) stir well,
then add 1 cup Borax and stir well.
Put on lid and let sit overnight.
It will look like gelatin in the morning.
Just stir it well or mix with your hands to blend well and make it "dippable". use 1/2 cup per load.
Cost to make one batch: $.79
One cent per load. The cost to wash 110.5 loads is $1.11.
This recipe is from my friend Steph. I'm not sure where she saw it, otherwise I'd link to it. I've been using this for more than a week now and I like it. It leaves my clothes bright and clean and fresh with no perfume scent. It does not suds up during the wash cycle; this is weird to me, but I'm dealing with it, because I like the results. I had two Tide bottles that were empty, so I filled them up with my homemade stuff. I have to shake it before I use it each time. I have a standard washing machine (not front load) and I use about a cup per load and I use vinegar as my softener.
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