Grate 1/3 of the bar of your soap into a big ol' pan. Then you have what looks like pink cheese. How fun!
That's it. For real. Let it sit about a day and it will get a gel-like just like the store bought kind.
So let's talk the real important reason for making your own soap (aside from that you get pink laundry soap, I mean, come on, would you NEED another reason?! :) Ok, so the biggie...the money factor. Here is a kind of cost breakdown:
Zote: about a dollar
Arm and Hammer wash soda: $2.29
Water...yep, that's still free! Well for us in base housing it is at least!
So altogether It was about 6 bucks to buy supplies, plus the little bit of essential oil I already had. That would be cheaper than a lot of soaps right there. And this makes enough to do about 64 loads. Woah. Plus you will still have enough Zote for 2 more loads, and enough of the other 2 things for about a bajillion more. Plus you can use Borax for so many other things, so it is totally worth it to have on hand. Ok, so the one batch if you figure it out per load ends up being about 1 cent a load. 1 little penny. Plus I get to have yummy smelling soap. Try finding eucalyptus soap at the store. You can do seasonal smells too! Goes perfect for me with my holiday obsession. And I made it myself, which pretty much rocks.
And THAT is why I do it.