Here are some of the things I found to be important prior to making this concoction is please be
careful of the fumes. Just because it is natural does not mean it is not dangerous. I wore a surgical mask over my mouth and nose because when I made my first batch of home made washing soda the dust and fumes when pouring from the pan to the container did get to me.
When I made my first batch and let it cool it was gel just like they told me but it had a layer of what looked like bar soap on the top. I had to re-heat it and add additional water to get it to the consistency it needed to be. And it still comes out a bit solid. Progress not perfection!
I did my research on a few different sites. Here they are with the comments that I feel need to be added. One site I did really enjoy was on About.com this site was where I learned how to make my own
Washing Soda out of baking soda I really liked that idea and it worked. There recipe differed from the next one by a half of a cup on the powder ingredients and this seemed to pose a problem in this small yet curious head of mine. The next site I went to was talking about powder detergent but it was the same recipe but not cooked. I kept thinking that pieces of the soap would get stuck and be left on the clothes. So cook it I say!
Three thing you need to make the soap
1 bar of Fels-Naptha or Zote soap
(I used the Zote the research was great)
1 cup of Washing Soda
1 cup of Borax
1 gallon plus one quart of water
To wash clothes use a half of a cup per load
|Grating the Zote|
Alright the day came ...dun dun dun...It was time to make the Detergent. I was so excited. I took my bowl and grater and sat on the couch and grated the whole bar of Zote soap. It smells so fresh. I felt a closeness to my higher power!
Alright next I went to cook the Zoat in the quart of water. This took a long time. I took me a bout 30 minutes of slow stirring.
Next I stirred in my gallon of water, washing soda and my Borax. Call me woosie but the fumes made me cough! Ok I let this simmer for another 20 minutes stirring to make sure it all dissolved. Right now I took it and poured it into a glass container.
I poured it through a strainer to make sure all the pieces were melted and if they were not they would not get in. Ok I cover it and let it sit.