This time it was different though because I was actually patient enough to wait for soap to completely melt down in the water. I wish I had done this sooner instead of being impatient. The consistency was more like regular laundry soap.
This time the kids really wanted to help. I've learned not to discourage them from helping because I know that someday I would end up pulling teeth to get them to help. I figure it's worth the extra work to let them pitch in. Once we got our 5 gallon bucket they filled it with the Borax, Super Washing Soda, and this liquid that's shown above (Fels Naptha Bar melted down), they stirred and we were set to go.
I've had someone tell me they'd rather spend tons of money on Tide because it smells really good. I tried to tell them that the smell actually leaves pretty fast. When I walk through church I can't smell anyone's clothing. In fact, when I say hello to them I never bend down to smell what detergent they are wearing. LOL. So to me, I'd rather be smelling the green bills in my pocket that I just saved from making my own laundry detergent.
If you've never made it, it's super easy! I did a blog on it Here:
Make sure you melt down the Fels Naptha bar into some water on the stove. COMPLETELY. I was too impatient before but there should be no chunks at all.