I got this from the Duggars’ web site
I started making this when our towels started smelling funny. I read good reviews on this laundry detergent and also learned that it’s way, way cheaper to use than Tide and Downy (the products I had used for years before the towels started smelling funky).
I use 1 cup of vinegar in the rinse water (you really need to do the vinegar in the rinse or you’ll have a lot of soap buildup in your washing machine). The clothes don’t smell like vinegar but come out softer and softer after every wash. They smell fresh and clean now too.
4 Cups – hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax
– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)