Hi Everyone!
As some of you know, I have been out on maternity leave and with that comes a bigger family and a smaller paycheck! While we prepared for the downsize on pay, I searched for other ways to save a little bit more money. On a recent trip to the grocery store I noticed that the price of laundry detergent was getting a little out of hand, especially because I am a tide girl. I knew that there were recipes out there to make my own so I skipped the detergent row and headed to trusty ole Pinterest University, where you learn how to do anything lol. After searching a few recipes and a couple of trial and errors I found the best what I think to be the best recipe for me.

What you will need:
1 box of Borax
1 box of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 bar of Zote (or Flas Napa)
1 Five Gallon Bucket
1 Pot, one that will only be used for this purpose
1 cheese grater

First you will need to grate the Zote bar into your pot, once you have grated the entire bar add 4 cups of water and place on medium high heat. This will need to boil for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While you are waiting for your Zote to boil, add hot water to your five gallon bucket, filling it up halfway. Add 1 cup of your Borax and 1 cup of the washing soda to the half full bucket. Don’t forget to keep an eye on your boiling zote! Once your Zote has boiled and all the grated pieces have disappeared go ahead and add it to your bucket as well and stir. Once stirred go ahead and add water to your bucket to fill it up. Make sure you are able to stir all the way to the bottom of the bucket. DO not use your arms unless you have some type of rubber glove on. This mixture is hot! Once stirred place your lid on the bucket and store for 24 hours, this will give the mixture time to become of gel consistency. I have had some mixtures not make it to the full gel that I was hoping for but it did not effect the outcome of the strength in the washing mixture.

Some People have told me that they add essential oils for fragrance purposes, however I find that the Zote smell works fine for me.

Please comment below if you have any questions 🙂

POST BY Courtney