This was not a winner.
I know, I know. Just go out and buy detergent. But it’s so cheap ($1.77 for 3 gallons or 96 loads). It also creates less waste, has fewer chemicals in it than regular detergent, and even works in HE washers. Bottom line, it’s got a lot going for it and I’m stubborn. So if you’ve made this before, I need your help.
I found what I thought was a great, simple recipe on Pinterest (it actually originated from this recipe). It looked perfect until it cooled. That’s when it turned to thick sludge. So I watered it down. Now it’s a watery, chunky hot mess.
Here’s what I did:
1 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated
1 c. Borax
1. Grate soap and transfer to large pot.
2. Pour one gallon of water into the pot, cook until grated soap dissolves (I cooked on med-low).
3. Add Borax and Washing Soda.
4. Bring to rolling boil (I boiled it for 2 minutes).
5. Add one gallon of cold water. Sir or whisk well.
6. Pour 1 gallon into each container. Detergent will thicken once cooled.
Easy enough, right? Well, then it started to really thicken. So I read on and saw that thick detergent was a common problem and the solution was to dilute it. So I did.
I shook it up, hoping that would help. It did. A little.