but I am now making my own laundry soap.
I've been a bit curious about it for a while now, so when my sis-in-law made her own, I was really pleased. Now I actually know someone who does this. When she told me that she liked it, and how inexpensive it was, I was hooked.
It's super easy and quick to make - seriously, 15-20 minutes from start to finish!
There are only 3 ingredients (plus water),
and only a bit of each ingredient is used,
so once you buy a box of each ingredient, you'll be set for a loong time.
Cost-wise, it's waay cheaper: about 2 cents per load.
Compare this to the 15 cents per load I was paying for the laundry soap I have been buying.
I use a pretty basic recipe (found here), but I only make 1/2 a batch at a time because I don't have room to store a larger container of it. What I make fits into a 5-quart ice cream pail and lasts me for around 30 loads.
You can just use your every-day kitchen equipment to make this and wash it up afterwards.
SOAP: I use Ivory soap - 1/2 a bar .
Grate this up.
Put the soap in a pan, along with 3 cups of water.
Heat & stir on a medium heat to dissolve the soap.
When the soap curls have dissolved, stir in 1/4 cup each of Washing Soda and Borax.
Pour 2 cups of hot water into your bucket or storage container.
Then add the soap mixture & stir well.
OPTIONAL - if you want it scented, you can also add essential oil of your choice. I'm a bit sensitive to scents, so I didn't add any scent. My soap just smells clean and soapy.
Let the mixture sit for a few hours - mine sets up within 2-3 hours - and it becomes a watery jello type consistency.
Just use 1/2 cup of the soap for a large load - I keep an old measuring cup with my bucket.
This is a low-suds soap. I don't usually see any bubbles in the washer. That doesn't matter since the cleaning is done by the soap ingredients, not the bubbles.