We spend a fortune on laundry soap and come to find out you don't even need as much as it says. When we got our water softener put in a few weeks ago they told us we could use even less than we were before http://www.rainsoft.com/conditioned-water-laundry.cfm. I am going to make my own laundry soap now and use less of it and save a ton! I think I might add some fresh lavender to my mix to give a natural but fragrant sent.
This is the recipe I found: 2 Bars of Lever Soap 1 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team) 1 cup Oxyclean 2 cups of Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer) 5 gallon bucket with lid
Shred the bars of soap. Boil 8 cups of water after water is boiling slowly add soap. Reduce heat and stir until soap has dissolved, continue stirring for about 5 minutes.
Put 3 gallons of water in bucket, add borax, washing soda and Oxyclean. Add soapy hot water to bucket and stir. Cover and let sit for 24 hours
Hi: How did your laundry detergent turn out and how much did you put in a wash load? I made my own about a month ago and it didn't work very well. The recipe called for half of everything you put into yours except for no Oxyclean and 1 Fels Naptha soap instead of Lever. And it also said use 5 gals of water. THEN after 24 hrs you were suppose to fill a empty detergent bottle half way with water and half with mixture and shake. Use 1/2 cup p/load in top loading machine. I still could not get a fragrant smell to the wash load even after putting orange essential oil in. We have very soft water here too so that is no problem. I'm interested in trying yours.