The results are in & they are pretty good! I've used the home made detergent on about 5 loads & they all smell fresh & look clean. I'd like a stronger fragrance but to get that I'd need to add some essential oil, which I don't have yet.
So, here is the recipe (that I got off the Duggar Family website):
Liquid Laundry Soap
4c. hot tap water
1 bar Ivory soap
1 c. washing soda
1/2 c. borax
Grate soap bar and add to pot of water.
Stir constantly over med-low heat until soap dissolves.
Fill a 5 gallon bucket about half full of hot tap water.
Add soap mixture, baking soda & borax.
Stir well until powder dissolves.
Fill bucket to top with more hot tap water.
Stir, cover, and let sit overnight.
Stir again. Fill a laundry soap dispenser half full of soap mixture & then fill up with more hot water.
Shake before each use.
Optional: Add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons once mixture has cooled.
Yield: 10 gallons laundry soap
Top load machine: 5/8 c. per load
180 loads=approx. $2.00
I was surprised that it only took about half an hour to make this detergent & Mark loved helping by grating the soap bar & stirring the pot. The borax & washing soda were easy to find in the laundry soap section at Walmart. Let me know if you try it out & how it works for you. I'm going to try some different scents using the essential oils. Does anyone know where to buy that stuff at a reasonable price?