Monday, January 24, 2011

Homemade Laundry soap, saves a ton of money, lasts for months!

Directions for this soap are below.
I found this soap recipe on the internet, and have used it for a couple of years now. I have perfected into the way I like it. I use Arm and Hammer washing soda, Borax, 1 bar of Ivory hand soap and water.
You will need some supplies that you only have to buy once and they should last forever. I bought a dedicated pan to cook the soap in, I don't clean it, I just put it down in my basement between batches with a dedicated platic spoon. I also use kitty litter tubs to store the soap in. They are strong and cost me nothing, since I have a cat!
I chop my Ivory up into pieces, then put it into my small food processor and chop it up into tiny pieces.
While you are doing this, have your cooking pan filled with about 2 gallons of water, and get the water into a rolling boil before you add your tiny pebbles of hand soap to it.
Add your bar soap into the rolling boiling water, and you should see your soap dissolve into the water while stirring your pot within a few minutes. If you add the powders before the bar soap, you will find it takes a LOT longer for the bar soap to suspend into the water, because it's competing for space with the dissolved powder soap. So for sure, add your bar soap into the water first.
This is not a project you can walk away from, it will boil over pretty quickly, just ask the noobsauce about that!!!
Never let a learning experience go to waste, since I boiled over the water while I turned my back to wash a dish....I now can clean my stovetop while my ingredients boil.
Once your bar soap has dissolved into your water, add 1 cup each of borax and washing soda. Boil these three ingredients together for about 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Have a magazine ready, and don't turn your back on this....
Fill up a container 3/4's full with water, then add your pot of soap into it, careful not to splash yourself, and then stir the ingredients together to suspend all the soap into the water. Fill the rest of the container with water.
This is the bottom of a container not quite used up, the soap is in the bottom and I will just pour a pot of soap ontop of this and stir it till everything is dissolved together and then add water.
This is what the soap resembles after it cools, a slippery hot mess that resembles a translucent lard but holds together in your hand.
My company and audience, Tilwyn, Mia and Bailey, I always have to wave them out of my kitchen because they think they are missing something, no scraps here puppies!!!
My product! Waiting for my husband to take it down to the basement. It will cool overnight and be a beautiful white gel laundry soap tomarrow. I use this soap in warm water due to the fact my water is pretty hard and I hate using cold water. This should last my family of 3 adults + 3 adult children who come to do THEIR laundry at my house every couple of weeks, about 4 months. It cost me pennies to make!
Now back to the craft table!!!

1 comment:

  1. I love this laundry soap. It cleans, it doesn't smell funky, and the best part is after scooping your cup into the washing machine, you get to squish it around so it breaks up faster. It feels so cool!