If you are like me and are hesitant to use a strong insecticide that has been labeled as "Hazardous waste" according to the MSDS, this is a Borax-free laundry detergent recipe. The only purpose of the Borax is to be a fabric brightener and deodorizer, and what white, non-toxic powder do we know that also does that? Yes, baking soda! :-D So, this recipe simply replaces the borax with baking soda, no biggie.
You will need:
*1 five gallon bucket
*1 cup (Aprox. 1 bar) of an all natural or organic bar soap, shredded
*4 cups water
*1 cup washing soda (Or you can use "pH Up" found in the pool supplies section of stores during the summer, same thing, sodium carbonate.)
*3/4 cup baking soda (or borax if you feel comfortable using it)
*aprox. 16 ounces of an essential oil for fragrance if desired and afforded
*HOT tap water
1- Heat the shredded soap and 4 cups of water on the stove, stirring constantly, until all soap solids have dissolved.
2- Add washing soda and baking soda to the hot soap mixture and stir until dissolved. Turn off heat.
3- Fill the five gallon bucket with HOT water, then add the soap mixture, stirring until blended.
4- Cover the bucket and let sit overnight (8-10 hours). It should be the consistency of a liqui-gel when it is done setting.
5- Fill your soap containers halfway with the solution. Fill the rest of the way with cold tap water and shake it up really well.
*Note: If you do not want to have to fill another container and dilute, you can make it a concentrate by just leaving it in the bucket and using half as much per load. Usually, about 1/2 cup per load concentrate for really dirty clothes. That's what I do, it's easier. :-)