I love it that God gives me ways to help with the family budget.
3 gallon bucket (pick one of these up at your local donut shop or bakery)
Stock pot or large pan (Set this pan aside for soap making only. If you don't have a spare pan for soap making, you can find one at a yard sale or thrift shop)
Spatula - for stirring the soap
wire whisk - not shown in picture
4 quarts of water
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda!)
1/6 to 1/3 of a bar of grated Zote soap
1/3 to 1/2 of a bar of Fels Naptha soap(after trying both, I prefer Zote)
Optional: Rose water or favorite essential oil
1. Grate Zote soap (or Fels Naptha soap)
2. Heat water on medium heat in pan
4. Stir until Borax and Washing Soda are disolved.
This step shouldn't take long.
5. Add grated Zote soap (or Fels Naptha).
Keep mixture on medium heat.
9. When completely cooled, add another 2 quarts of very hot water to the mixture. Using your wire whisk, mix the hot water and cooled soap very briskly back and forth until the mixture becomes somewhat smooth or mostly without lumps. The soap may sud a little during this process.
10 After mixing all or most of the lumps out, add enough hot water to fill the rest of the bucket with a couple inches of head space at the top. Let the Laundry soap cool completely.
11. After soap is cooled, this would be a good time to add your essential oils if you plan to do so.
12. Fill a smaller spouted plastic container with the cooled laundry soap for easy pouring.
Special thanks to Donna Konvalin for helping me with the pictures in this article.