I want to share a tip to help folks save money if you have been paying shipping to get your homemade laundry detergent ingredients online to make your own laundy detergent. I use the fels-naptha, borax and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda pesonally.
IF YOU HAVE AN ACE HARDWARE IN YOUR AREA:
I recently found out that if you go online to www.acehardware.com (or check first with your local Ace Hardware to see if they have the items in stock) the 3 ingredients can be shipped to your local Ace Hardware store at no shipping cost to you. You can buy the soap by the box at a much lower price than it is at the store we usually use online. Alternately, if there is no Ace Hardware in your area, just do a search for distributors of Fels Naptha soap and then either go to their website, or contact them and see if they will offer the same deal to their customers as Ace Hardware.
Also because you are getting your borax and washing soda there, the savings in shipping alone is HUGE. I personally use the following recipe:
1 cup grated fels naptha soap (equals 1 bar)
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda (MAKE SURE IT IS WASHING SODA!)
1/2 cup Borax
Mix the three ingredients in these ratios…can make larger batch if needed. Store in airtight container and use 2 tablespoons for light loads, 3 tablespoons for heavy loads.
Tip: I saved an Oxyclean tub/scoop to store mine in and I bought a small farberware grater that I keep in a box with the three ingredients. It is designated just for grating my laundry soap. I usually make 2 batches at a time.
UPDATE: I now designate a food processor for this chore and it takes 5 minutes or less…first I use the smaller grater and grate my soap with the food processor, then I pour it into a bowl and change to the large blade in the food processor and I pour the grated soap back into the food processor and I chop it into a powder. Then I add the other two ingredients and blend with the large blade and pour all of it into my airtight container. SO QUICK THIS WAY!