My big helper!
Here's the recipe...
4 cups hot water
1 bar of soap (Ivory, Zote, Naptha, Fels, Sunlight)
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with 4 cups of hot water. Cook and stir constantly on medium heat until soap is melted. Fill 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot tap water. Add washing soda, borax and soap mixture and stir until dissolved. Fill remainder of bucket with hot tap water and let sit overnight to thicken. Pour detergent in a clean leftover laundry detergent container halfway and fill rest of the way with water.
**shake before each use as water and detergent will separate**
for top loading machines, use 5/8 cup of det. per load - for front loading machines, use 1/4 cup
That's 180 loads for a top loading machine and 640 for a front loading or HE machine!!!! Woo Hoo!