1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap (you can actually use ivory too, but the measurments are different)
4 cups of hot water
1/2 cup of borax
1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (It has to be the Super Washing Soda, baking soda or just Arm & Hammer will NOT work!)
5 Gallon Bucket
Empty laundry containters or any kind of pour container
*optional* essiential oil, such as lavender, for scent
Grate your bar of soap into a sauce pan with the 4 cups of hot water.
Stir continually on low-medium heat until all the little flakes of soap melt.
Fill your 5 Gallon bucket halfway full of hot water and pour in the borax, the arm & hammer, and the melted soap mixture and stir until all the ingredients are competely melted. Then fill the remainder of the bucket full with hot water.
This recipe makes 10 gallon of laundry detergent. I made this batch today, and the last batch I made was in January, and I even gave my grandmother some, so you can see how long it lasts!!! I also read somewhere that it comes to about .01 cent a load. It's around $5.00 for the 10 gallons!!!!! You can barely buy a small bottle of laundry detergent for $5.00 without a coupon!!!
Use about 1/4 cup of detergent for front loaders and about 1/3 cup for top loaders. I think the Duggars say something else, but I found I wasn't using quite enough soap to get my clothes clean. My husband and kids must get dirtier than Michelle's ;) Now, when it says let it gel, it will definately gel!!! It looks really funny, just remember to shake before each use. When you shake it up, it will make it very liquidy (is that a word? ;), this is ok, it isn't going to be very thick like store brand detergent. Also, this soap isn't very sudsy, but this is ok too, it's not supposed to be! I hope this is clear enough :) Happy Washing!!!!