I started with a recipe online, which takes about 10 minutes to load on my phone from all the comments and things, and then went from there making some slight changes as desired. Since all online soap recipes are similar it really stands to reason that someone else out there made the same changes I did, however my friends wanted to know exactly what I used so I'm posting it for them...and for me when I need more soap in 2018! We just don't do much laundry at the moment with me not working and all...so currently this would last us 4-5 years. This makes enough for approximately 310 loads of laundry.
Downy Unstopables Shimmer 13.2 oz (or 19.5 if you want a lot of scent)*
Borax 76 oz**
Arm and Hammer Washing Soda 55 oz**
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda ( Either 2-2 lb boxes or 1-4 lb box)
Fels Naptha Soap (2-5.5 oz bars)
Oxiclean (I used 2-1.2 lb tubs, but you could use 2/3 or all of a 3 lb tub)
*You can use a different scent, that is what I used. Purex Crystals in 28 oz would work too, but our store doesn't carry it.
**If ordering from Amazon, Borax and the A&H Washing Soda come in a combo pack for less.
- Grate the Fels Naptha into the bin.
- Add in everything else and stir to mix.
STORE in a small storage bin, a 3+ gallon bucket, or smaller detergent bottles. I stored mine in the Oxiclean and Downy bins, and the extra in a small tote/bin in our basement (the extra would fit into a 2 gallon bucket just fine). Just be sure you have a lid of whatever container you use. The small oxiclean containers come with smaller scoops than the large bin, so I use that or the line on the lid of the downy bottle to measure out my soap.
USE PER LOAD:
1-2 tablespoons per load (1 tablespoon for small to regular loads, 2 for large loads...you know the ones where you hope there's room for water still). Works in HE, top load and front load machines.
Recommendation: Try it out! It's awesome!
On Amazon the total cost was around: $60, we bought things in store so it was about $31. Which over the course of 4 years is about $7 a year so even if I had bought it all on Amazon it'd be $14 a year for us, which is still really good. That's us though and like I said, we don't have a need for many loads of laundry right now. Figure out how many loads of laundry you do a week and do the following to determine how long it will last you:
310 / # of loads per week / 52
Divide the total you spent on ingredients and divide the number you got from above and that is how much it will cost per year (unless you got less than 1 above). If you got less than one, you not only do way too much laundry, but you will need to adjust the equation...don't divide by 52 and that is how many weeks it will last.
Microwave Soap Method:
I did try the slice, microwave and then crumble method for the soap bars and it didn't work well. My microwave still smells like soap weeks later, and I couldn't get it to crumble so I had to put it in the food processor to break it up. I had to scrub it and blend up food in it three times to get the smell out of the processor.
Recommendation: Don't do it!