|Homemade Laundry Soap|
I've experimented and changed recipes over the last 2 years. I started out using the liquid formula. In 2013, I started experimenting and made the powder formula. I was still making the liquid formula to use for washing in cold water because it dissolves better.
|Homemade Powder Laundry Soap|
|Up close look at the powder soap. I used Zote soap which is pink.|
In December 2013, I was lead to a recipe for a whipped, concentrated laundry sauce. I started using this and, so far, I like it.
Food processor or cheese grater (this will make grating the soap much easier)
|This is the cheese grater that I use|
|Soap in the cheese grater|
|Grated soap (almost done)|
6. Add the soap to the 5 gallon bucket and stir very well to mix everything.
8. Allow the soap to set for 24 hours. The finished product will look like this (see below). The detergent will have a gelatinous look to it. I sometimes put on rubber gloves, place my hands in the bucket, and squeeze the soap to break it up. You don't have to do this but I enjoy playing in the soap... :-)
To use, add 1 cup of detergent to your washer for a normal load and 2 cups for a heavy load (like towels and rugs).
I also purchased these containers (pictured to the left), with the twist on/off lids, from Dollar Tree to store my washing soda and borax. I labeled them with a sharpee. This allows for easy dispensing and it keeps most of the moisture out, thus preventing the borax and washing soda from clumping together.
Storage container (for mixing and storage)
1. Add the borax and washing soda to the container, place the lid on and shake to mix.
3. Once the water is semi-boiling, turn the heat to about medium and add the grated soap a little at a time, stirring constantly to melt the soap completely. Continue adding soap until it is all melted. Don't let the mixture come to a boil. This process takes about 20 minutes or so. DO NOT ADD ALL THE SOAP AT ONCE!!!! It will clump together and be a pain to melt. Trust me, I know! :-)
8. Let the soap set for 4-5 hours. I let mine set for 5 hours. Do not allow the soap to sit overnight because the texture will become too grainy. As the soap is setting, two layers will form. This is normal and what you want the soap to do.
11. Repeat with the other mason jar.
To use, add 1 tablespoon to your washer. Since the detergent is so thick, I usually just toss my tablespoon in the washer with my clothing. This really gets strong odors out of clothing.
I wanted to mention that I have never tried the liquid formula using the Zote soap, I've always used the Fels-Naptha. For the powder formula, I've never made it with Fels-Naptha, I've always used Zote. Again, since Fels-Naptha is a laundry soap, I recommend using that over anything else.
Okay, that is the laundry soap! Now onto the fabric softener, which is super super quick and easy.
3. Once the water boils, add 6 cups to the bucket with the vinegar.
4. Add the bottle of conditioner and stir. I find that a wire whisk is great for mixing and breaking up the chunks of conditioner.