1 cup Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer)
1/2 cup borax (Mule Team)
Fels Naptha Bar soap
approx, 3 gal. water
Here it is on my stove simmering away, you need to dissolve the soap completely.
Here's the end result, mine slighly yellow.
All in all I was very impressed with how easy it was, if you can boil water and grate cheese it's easy. I did all this while baking and cleaning in my kitchen. When I first came across recipes for soap I thought it would be worth more trouble and not be worth it in the long run. I have changed my mind about that. It got my son's ball clothes clean so I think it works just as well as my other store brand soap. My only complaint about it was the stuff seemed to gel up quite a bit to the point where it's hard to pour out of the bottle especially if you recycle your own laundry dispensers and try to use a pour spout. I'm going to do some more research and see if I can't tweak the recipe or find a new one to alleviate this problem.
$ bottom line
Homemade laundry soap $8.15 vs Tide for a year $73.23
savings $65.08 a year
Have a great day, you probably guessed what I'm doing- Laundry!
P.S. Here's a few more links if you're interesed. Laundry Soap