Let’s face it, of all the cleaning fluids, this is the one we spend the most money on. Are we really concerned with the smell? That wears off fast anyways. The only thing that really matters is if it cleans well. This does, so why not make your own?
It is probably best to use the Fels-Naptha soap. It was made for laundry and has stain removing ingredients.
1 bar Fels-Naptha Soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
an extra large pot, the kind that holds 2 gallons of water or more
long wooden spoon or paint stirrer
2 empty Gallon Jugs
Grate bar of soap into pot. Fill one gallon container or 64 ounces of water and pour into the pot. Boil until the bar soap dissolves. BE CAREFUL, the boiling makes the suds build up fast and rise almost to the top of the pot. Add the borax and washing soda and bring to a boil. Again, be careful, it will produce suds that reach for the top of the pot. Remove from heat. Add another gallon of water, this one cold. The mix should thicken upon stirring and sitting. Stir well. It may coagulate, just stir some more. Using the funnel pour back into the gallons for storage. Use 1/2 cup soap per load.