Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Making Laundry Soap and Cutting Skills

July. 57 degrees and overcast. Not too summery today. What to do? I have been meaning to get around to making my own laundry soap - so I guess today is as good as any to do it!

1/3 bar Fels Naptha
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax powder
large bucket

Grate the soap and put it in a saucepan. Add 6 cups water and heat until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Add soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups water and stir. Let sit for about 24 hours until gelled. Use 1/2 cup per load.

Obviously I just made it - it hasn't been 24 hours yet, so I'll have to let you know how it works. I have heard that you can also scent it with your favorite essential oil, but it has a nice scent the way it sits right now - I'm afraid if I add something else the smells might not compliment each other!

While I was making the soap, Chick-a-Dee was busy cutting up zuchini from the garden for me.


Carrie said...

sounds interesting! Tell me how it works for you!

Lori said...

Very interesting indeed! I'm wondering if this is safe in a front-loading you know? We have to use a special high-efficiency laundry soap. And how many loads do you expect this to do (I guess I could do the math..) and what was your total cost?

Sounds great!! I may give it a try.