Heidi's recipe ( great for oil, fuel, and tough grim)
2 cups borax
2cups Arm & hammer Super Washing Soda
1 bar Zote
1 bar Fels-Naptha
1/4 cup baking soda
Grate your bars of soap very fine. Mix with the other ingredients and place in a quarts size canning jar. Make 3 jars. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons a load depending on your machine. I have a large high capacity washer, so I use 2.
UPDATE: I found if you add a cup of oxi-clean to the mix it works Great for whites also. I also added Purex Crystals.About 1 1/2 cups to the mix. It makes my clothes smell so good. This is optional.
Although Heidi's worked great on the fuel and dirt, I didn't care for it for doing my whites. This worked out better for me. The ingredients in the dial soap made the clothes come out whiter. How I don't know, it just does. It also smells great.
2 cups Borax
2 cups arm & Hammer super washing soda
1/4 cup baking soda
1 bar Zote
1 bar Passion fruit Dial (or any smell you like)
Follow the directions from the above recipe.
Love this! It makes so much. For so little ingredients it work really great. I will still use Heidi's for the jet fuel. There is nothing better. I wrote all my recipes on the side of the bucket. That way I won't lose them. ( I tend to lose things )
1 cup Arm & Hammer
1/2 cup Borax
1 bar grated Fels-Naptha
4 cups water
( 5 gallon) buckets with lid
Grate your bar of soap finely. You can use a food processor. Put 4 cups water in a old pan and melt soap over a med-high heat. Do not boil. Stir on and off until it melts . While your soap is melting, fill one of your buckets half way with hot water. Pour in the washing soda and borax. Stir until dissolved. Add your melted soap mixture. Stir together. Then fill the bucket up with hot water. Leaving room to stir. Cover with lid and let sit over night. Next morning stir your mixture. Spit it evenly between the two 5 gallon buckets. Fill both with water. Stir
Will make 10 gallons. Use 1/2 a cup of detergent depending on your machine. I use a little bit over a 1/4 of a cup. I put mine in empty laundry bottles. Shake and use just like I would if it was store bought.
Update:Recipe calls for 2 five gallon buckets. I only used one bucket the second time I made it. ( didn't read my own instructions ) . It came out thicker but works great. I think I'll keep doing it this way. If your family doesn't play in dirty or jet fuel like mine, you may want to use the two buckets. For white, I wash them in hot water with a little oxi-clean . My family loves wearing their sock outside. So by the time I get them their black. Added a bottle of Purex Crystals to the mix. I line dry my clothing so with the Purex I get that great smell you get from dryer sheets.
3 cups hair conditioner
1 and 1/2 cup vinegar
9 cup water
1 gallon jug
1 downey ball
Place conditioner, vinegar and water in a gallon jug. Stir or shake really well. Let sit overnight for foam to settle. Use as you would any softener. For HE washers you can use the downey ball. Makes one gallon
Update: love this!!!!
2 cup hair conditioner
2 cup water
Mix the ingredients in spray bottle. Spray a wash cloth till damp ,throw into dryer. This makes one bottle.
No this is not chicken livers. I made them for dinner ,so I cleaned and used the tubs for my flannel dryer sheets.
4 tablespoon liquid softener ( I used my conditioner. It works just as well)
10 tablespoons water.
flannel fabric squares. ( I used scrap flannel from a quilt I made. )
Mix water and softener together. Place flannel in the plastic tub. Pour mixture over it. Let it sit for 2 to 3 days. Pull one out. If to wet, ring out excess liquid. Throw in dryer with your clothing.
All the detergents and softeners are safe for a HE washer. I found that spraying a wash cloth will make the clothes soft . However It has a real light smell. I couldn't smell the flower sent from the conditioner. If you want a stronger smell use a stronger smelling conditioner (it may work better for you).
Here is a run down of every thing I bought and the cost.
2 bars Fels-Naptha .87 cents each
2 bars Zote $ 1.00 each
1 bar Dail .75 cents (on sale)
1 box Borax (4 lbs 12 oz) $2.25
1 box Arm & Hammer super washing soda (55 oz) $ 1. 69
1 small bottle of vinegar $1.00
5 bottles of conditioner. $ 1.00 each
1 box baking soda (I had it)
This is what I got for $ 14.43
6 quart jars full of the dried detergent.
10 gallons of liquid detergent
A gallon and a half of liquid softener
3 spray bottles full of softener
Two tubs of dryer sheets.
What I have left.
1/3 of a box of borax
1/4 of a box of super washing soda
2/3 of my bottle of vinegar
I have tried all these recipes. I only have one more bit of advice. If you want a strong smell use a heavy smelling conditioner. No matter what conditioner or softener recipe you use, your clothes will come out nice and soft.
One last thought . If you don't want to use softener, just use vinegar in your rinse cycle. No Your clothes will not come out smelling like vinegar. Measure as you would softener.