- 3-4 gallon bucket, with a lid (I bought mine at The Container Store for $10)
- 3 Pints Water (that's 6 cups)
- 1/2 Bar pure Ivory soap, Grated
- 2/3 Cup Washing Soda
- 2/3 Cup Borax
- 1 Quart (4 cups) Hot Water + Additional hot water
Mix Ivory soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add the 1 Quart Hot Water to the bucket. Add soap mixture to the bucket, and mix well. Add an additional 22 cups hot water (that's 1 gallon + 6 cups), and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use about 1/2 cup of mixture per load, or slightly more for larger loads and heavily soiled loads.
**Note: Washing Soda and Borax can typically be found at the average grocery store, in the aisle with other cleaning products. The most common brand of washing soda is put out by Arm & Hammer in a bright yellow box. Both of these cleaners are extremely versatile and each of them sells for around $2.50 per box.
Cidar Vinegar Astringent
Another phenomenal product that I've discovered on this journey is cidar vinegar. I had no clue just how many uses there are for it, including cleansing both hair and skin. I guess if it's safe enough to put on your salad, then it's also going to be gentle on the outside of the body, too. I can't believe how much money I wasted all these years on expensive astringents...ugh, God-forbid those days when I used "Sea Breeze!!" I might has well have been pouring paint-thinner on my face. And guess what else I've discovered?? Cidar Vinegar makes my face look brilliant! Seriously, take my word for it and give it a try!
What you'll need:
- 1 - 8 ounce bottle, preferrably with a "pop-top" lid
- cidar vinegar
Fill the bottle about 40% full with cidar vinegar. Then fill to the top with water. Shake gently to combine. To use, squirt astringent on a cotton pad or cotton ball and apply to face.
**Note: I just bought a plain old bottle for $.99 from the travel section at Target. It works perfectly! Oh, by the way, I strongly recommend not to use more that 40% vinegar in this recipe, otherwise your eyes will sting like crazy.