1. I wanted something more natural than Fels-naptha.
Here are the ingredients in Fels-naptha: Soap (sodium tallowate*, sodium cocoate* (or) sodium palmate kernelate*, and sodium palmate*), water, talc, cocnut acid*, palm acid*, tallow acid*, PEG-6 methyl ether, glycerin, sorbitol, sodium chloride, pentasodium pentetate and/or tetrasodium etidronate, titatium dioxide, fragrance, Acid Orange (CI 20170), Acid yellow 73 (ci43350)
Here are the ingredients in Kirk's Castile Soap: Coconut soap, water, vegetable glycerin, coconut oil
2. The recipe I used was no longer getting our things as clean as I thought it should.
I decided the solution would be to substitute Castile soap for Fels-naptha and quadruple the amount of Borax and Washing soda. (I'd experimented with doubling, but still felt it needed to be stronger.)
So, here is my new recipe. It works GREAT!
Pour 6 cups of water into a stock pot on medium heat. Grate in an entire 4 oz bar of Kirk's Castile Soap. (If you don't know where you can get a bar of Castile soap, try here.)
When that has dissolved add 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of washing soda.When all three items have dissolved, remove from heat.
Fill a two gallon bucket with cold water almost to the top, leaving room to pour in your soap from the stove. Pour your mixture from the stove in.
Stir like crazy. Cover and let it set for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, it will separate and clump. This is an extra concentrated version so it is extra clumpy.
The clumping is normal. Stir it like crazy again. Now you can pour into whatever you use for your laundry soap container. Just don't forget to shake before every use. Use 1/4-1/2 cup in each load. If you have a front loader, you may need even less.
I know many of you have switched to the homemade laundry soap and love it. Do you think you might try this even more natural, yet stronger alternative?
(I'm linking this post up to the Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Blog Hop.)