Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent #8
2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Soap (grated)
2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda this time–not washing soda)
Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until melted. In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted mixture, stir well. Then add the baking soda, stir well again. Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load.
I decided to half the recipe just in case it didn't work (spoiler alert: I'm SO glad I did that) so I broke a Fels-Naptha bar in half, then broke that half into pieces and put it in my food processor. On the slight chance that any of you remember that my husbands skin doesn't appreciate the Fels-Naptha bar, have no fear, due to his lack of desire to let his cloths be guinea pigs, he is now doing all of his own laundry. It's a win win situation.
This was my first time trying to melt Fels-Naptha in a pot and I couldn't believe how long it took. I can now appreciate the expression "I slaved over a hot stove all day!"
Once it was finally melted, I mixed all the ingredients together and let it cool.