So I was wondering the down falls? Not bad honestly. I used a cat litter bucket to mix and store it in. Now my issue here is it is only a 4 gallon bucket and the recipe makes 10 gallons of soap. So I plan on mixing it up in my laundry jug 1/2 soap and 1/2 water. Not exact but will work I bet.
Also I thought it would be hard to grate the soap. So I sat up with my grater, soap and watching the Nate Berkus Show. But that did not help. Was so easy to grate that I only watched a commercial segment instead. Dang it!
I heated water in my big pots and tea pots too. Mixed, stirred and poured into the ol bucket. And now I am waiting for it to cool and 'gel'. I plan on splitting this up with The Other Mother. Princess Emma has allergies to perfumes and dyes. We think this is a good solution to take care of that for her. She did the run to the store to get the ingredients for us. That was a 60 mile round trip (thankfully she had things to do there) that I hate to make. And another friend of mine that I was telling about this yesterday. We are going to split the cost by 1/3 each so the investment was all of $3.33 each for 20 gallons of laundry soap. Dang that is good! I will grate, cook and mix more as we need it.
Oh on a side note, if you can not find Washing Soda look at Alice.com. They have it for $2.99 for 55 oz. Pretty dang good deal. Have to order 6 items (all great prices) and they ship for free.
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1 Soap bar
* Grate the bar soap and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
* Fill a 10 gallon pail half full of hot water. Add the melted soap, Borax and Washing soda, stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail up with more hot water.
* Use 1 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).