I have used this recipe for about 2 years. My dear friend Jeannie gave me the first batch and I was amazed when she told me how easy it was to make! I can pretend to be an old-fashioned pioneer when I make it. 🙂 I also just use vinegar as my fabric softener. Feel free to add a few drops of essential oil into the detergent recipe if you would like a particular fragrance. Soon enough it will be the perfect weather to use your clothesline, too!
Gather the ingredients (Borax, Washing Soda, and Zote bar soap).
Grate a 14 oz. bar of Zote soap over a large pan. (Should only take a couple minutes or so!)
Add enough water to cover the soap, and then stir over low-medium heat to dissolve (takes about 15 minutes).
Pour into a clean 5-gallon bucket.
Refill your large pan with very hot water, and add it to the bucket.
Add 2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and stir.
Add 1 cup Mule Team Borax and stir.
Continue to pour in very hot water and stir until the bucket is almost full.
Cover and let sit overnight.
In the morning, stir again. It will be a gel detergent!
Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup per load of laundry.