If ever I could get rid of one chore, it would be laundry. I feel like I do load after load only to find the next day that it all needs to be done again. I have no idea how large families do it. I applaud you! I do know though, I am saving a fortune on the laundry detergent I use and that makes a big difference in the 520 or so loads I do a year. My laundry detergent does not smell like a spring morning, a fresh waterfall or a mountain spring. My laundry detergent does not smell at all; but it leaves my clothes that way too.
1/2 C Super Washing Soda ( Not baking soda )
1/4 C Borax
1/2 Bar of laundry soap
A 5 gallon bucket
Bags ( Optional but helpful )
A quart jar ( Again helpful )
Wisk or Spoon ( I like the wisk )
A bottle to store it in.
When I buy the ingredients for this project, I measure them out and put them in individual sandwich bags. One box of Borax will have enough to make 41 batches, one box of Washing Soda will make 12 batches, and one bar of Laundry soap will make 2 batches.
Prep Work Step one--Grate the laundry bar.
I have a cheese grater that I use just for the laundry bar. You can use a food processor but it is not necessary. I prefer not to mix food appliances with "work" appliances. Shred the bar using the large "cheese grate" side.
Though this next step is not entirely necessary, it is helpful. If you take the time to separate everything out then your subsequent batches go more smoothly and you only have to do this once.
Prep Work Step two--Separate
Take a sandwich bag and fill it with 1/2 c Washing Soda. Fill another bag with 1/4 c Borax. Fill a third bag with half of a laundry bar. Place these three bags into a fourth bag. This will keep them all together and ready to use when you make the next batch of soap. Repeat this process for the rest of your ingredients. If you buy one box of Borax, three boxes of Washing Soda and 18 laundry bars you will have made more than an 8 year supply of laundry soap. All that's left to do is add water when you need another batch.