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Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 18, 2009
8:06 PM

Post #7380425

As soon as I can, I'm going to try these recipes.

(Each batch yields 32 ounces/64 loads using 1 T. per load)

* 2 4.5 oz. bars of bar soap--shaved/grated
(Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha, or whatever you like)
* 1 cup of borax (20 Mule Team)
* 1 cup of washing soda (Arm & Hammer)

Thoroughly stir together for 5 minutes and enjoy the results!

(found at: )


(I've adjusted the recipe to make enough for 64 loads)

* 1 1/3 4.5 oz. bars of bar soap (6 oz.)--shaved/grated
(Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha, or whatever you like)
* 5 1/3 cups water
* 1 1/3 cup of washing soda (Arm & Hammer)
* 2/3 cup of borax (20 Mule Team)
* 4 gallons water
(5 gallon bucket w/ lid)

This makes enough for 64 loads, using a little over 8 oz. per load.
(The instructions are found at: )

So, I would think that you can tweak the recipe to suit your preferences within the range of:

6 - 9 oz. of bar soap
1 - 1 1/3 cups washing soda
2/3 - 1 cup borax (stain fighter)

(and 4 1/3 gallons of water for gel detergent)

If you like, you can add a little fragrance oil of the type used in soaps.

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