Thursday, December 8, 2011
Homemade Laundry Soap
We just made our second batch of liquid laundry soap and we're a lot happier with the results.
It takes about half a cup per load and our clothes are just as clean as with the store bought stuff and while I don't have an exact cost per load, knowing what's in it and having no scent to drive me nuts is worth it.
It takes about an hour to get everything ready and mixed then a day or so to cool and be ready to use. It's not like the normal liquid you see but looks more like egg drop soup. Our first batch we used less of the bar soap and it was a little thinner. This time it seems just about perfect.
The soap has only four ingredients,
Soap, Washing Soda, Borax and water. Here's the recipe we used.
1 Full bar of Fels Naptha Soap (grated with a hand cheese grater)
1 Cup Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1 Cup Borax Powder
4 Gallons Water
You'll also need a 5 gallon bucket with a lid to keep it in.
Heat the grated soap in a pot with 6 cups of water until the soap completely melts. Add the washing soda and Borax and stir until it's dissolved then remove from the heat. Pour 8 cups of hot water into the bucket
and add the soap mixture and stir. Add the remaining water (3 gal 2 cups) while continuing to stir.
Let it sit for 24 hours and it will gel into what looks like a solid blob of soap. Stir the bucket up and you have your soap. Use 1/2 cup per load.