Have you ever wondered if it was possible to make your own laundry soap? And yes. It is cheaper. I did the math once, but I didn't write it down and I don't have a head for numbers. Next time I go to the store, I will do it again. This recipe comes from my former next door neighbor, who we still miss. (Hi, Johanna!)
What you need:
1 bar of Zote Soap or Fels Naptha cut into thirds (for easier shredding)
3 cups Baking Soda
3 cups Washing Soda
3 cups Borax
(all of these should be available in the laundry detergent aisle)
Mix the baking soda, washing soda and borax together in a large bowl.
Add the grated zote soap or Fels Naptha to the mixture and stir.
(I use my food processor grating blade for that.)
Throw the whole thing (in batches) into your food processor or blender. Mix for a minute or so. If you are using a blender, only use a little at a time so that you don't burn the motor out.
Once it's all mixed, find an appropriate sized container for storage. I realized that one large batch fits Perfectly in an oatmeal container. If you like fancy, you can store it in a pretty glass jar. Just add one tablespoon to each load of laundry. It lasts forever. I do at least 8 loads of laundry a week and it takes me about 4-5 months to go through one batch.