So here is the process......
You need 4 Ingredients and a Container.
3-Ivory (*update we also have use fels naptha & original Melaleuca soaps) Bar Soaps, Washing Soda (check comments for how to make this out of baking soda) Baking Soda, and Borax. (*update I also use Lavender Flower Powder by grinding Whole Lavender Flowers into Powder) The bar soap and washing soda are the only things I don't regularly use in my wash anyway.
To start take a serated knife and chop the soap bars up.
Then put the chopped up bars into a food processor 1 at a time and chop up.
Then you need 6Cups of Borax, this won't take the whole box so set the rest aside for making Homemade Dishwasher Detergent . Also found in the Laundry aisle of WalMart. (This is one of the things I used when I cloth diaper to whiten my cloth diapers in the laundry)
Finally you need 3Cups of Baking Soda, this also will not take the whole box so set it aside for Homemade Dishwasher Detergent . The bulk box can be found in the Laundry aisle of WalMart too.
Pour all the powders into the Container, put the lid on it and shake it up. (Add Lavender Powder here too, about 1cup)
Take the lid off and put the Ivory Soap Bars in.
Put the lid back on and shake some more. When you are done shaking it all up to mix it take the lid off and check for big clumps. The Soap Bars may clump up with the Powders, so take a big spoon and stir it up and break up the clumps, might have to use you hands a little too.
When you are done put the lid back on and it's ready to go.
You'll probably want to add the how to make and how to use directions on you container. I printed mine out to make it nicer and easier to read, but you could just as well write them on the bucket. Though I will say that I have learned that even permanent marker can start to wear off of plastic, esp when handled a lot.
In the picture you can see how you are to use the Homemade Laundry Powder. You will also need White Vinegar and a Downy Ball. This is a rinsing agent and the downy ball is made to release it during the rinse cycle of your washer. (Ball not needed in most HE washers)
Now this amount doesn't take the whole 5gal bucket up. But it is about 1/3 full and is suppose to last 6-8mns. For a average washing family. I probably wash WAY more than the average family so I expect it to last about 4mns. Either way it will be a cost saver. I will have to let you know just how long it does last me!
The 5Gal and lid were $4, but they will be used over and over so they will pay for themselves after the 5th batch I make.
Ivory Bars, I got 3 for $.75 at Walgreens when they were on sale. The Washing Soda and Baking Soda were about $6 together, but I still have 1/2 the box of Baking Soda left so I only spent $4.50 on those. Borax is about $4, but I still have 1/2 the box of that so I only spent $2 on that (besides I usually buy this anyway)
Total Cost: $7.25 plus the up front cost of the bucket makes $11.25. That is how much I spend in about 2wks for Store Bought Laundry Detergent. So in 1mn I will have already made my money back and saved!
This is above my Washer/Dryer were I store my Laundry Supplies. The Pink Bucket is my Cleaning Caddy, I will have to do a Post on that later. I plan to make a curtain to go on that bar to cover my supplies, also another post. I also plan to find a container that is pretty on the eyes to put an at hand amount of Laundry Powder out on top of my dryer. I will be looking for a container that goes with my decore. As I con't my House Organizing I will take pics of the Laundry Room in more detail.
Have FUN making your Homemade Laundry Powder and let me know how it works!
Do you have any other Homemade Cleaners you would like to share?