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  •  I have a 3-gallon bucket with a snap-on lid (8+ / 0-)

    that used to hold the car buffer. You're supposed to use a 5-gal bucket but I can't lift it full. This makes my soap more concentrated so I use a little less.
    The original outlay is about $7.50-8.00 if you already have a bucket with lid. When ONE container of a name-brand soap costs as much as 35-50 gallons of homemade, it's time to make your own. Screw P&G.

    Grate one bar of Ivory into a pot with 3 cups of water. Bring to boil. Stir with a whisk until the grated soap dissolves. It will be of a stringy, mucous-y consistency. Dump the melted bar soap  into the bucket.
    Add 1 cup of Borax
    Add 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
    Fill the bucket with water and snap on the lid. Shake or roll the contents. Open the bucket. With a 4-cup measuring cup or pitcher, scoop the mixture into an old detergent bottle.
    Shake contents every time you add about 1/3 cup to a wash. Shake bucket contents before you refill the smaller bottle.

    This is a very low-suds mixture. Suds are just for looks anyway. The Washing Soda works on grease and the Borax does stains and odors and brightens. The wash comes out clean and unscented.
    Have fun making it and Sticking It To The Man! :-PP

    "He went to Harvard, not Hogwarts." ~Wanda Sykes

    Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly.

    by OleHippieChick on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 11:48:01 AM PDT

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