Sunday, April 27, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap

As part of this month's emergency prepardness we were to collect laundry soap. So in attempts to save a little money and to have a decent storage of laundry soap I decided to make it. I looked online to see how it's done. I found several blogs with different variations on how to make it.

I went to Goodwill in search of a pot that I can use specifically for melting soap. I was in luch I found a nice sized pot.


Here are the ingredients that you will need to make laundry soap.

1 bar of soap, Zote or Fels-Naptha
1/2 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda

Big Pot for melting soap
grater
empty milk jugs
funnel
5 gallon bucket


Remember this bucket from  March? Well I bought it make my laundry soap in.
 

It was a lot easier to make than I had originally thought. I had a helper in making the soap.
 

 
I recuited my son to grate the soap. He did a pretty good job and said that he was having fun.
 
 
 
You will add the grated to soap to a pot of hot water to melt. Once melted you will add it to the bucket with borax and washing soda and stir until well mixed.
 
Now fill up bucket with hot water from tap using your jugs. Once the bucket is full cover and let it sit overnight.
 

 
Next day, you will fill up your gallons about half way and then fill up the rest with water.
 
Here are mine half way filled up.
 
You can make 10 gallons of laundry soap in one batch. I made 6 gallons plus 2 concentrate gallons for later.
 
I've already used my new soap. My husband was pretty skeptical while I was making it asking if it's going to work. I told of the blogs that I had read and how much these other ladies loved their homemade soap. I'm now happy to say that I am one of them. I don't think that I will ever buy laundry soap again!
 
Here is a link for the recipe. Homemade Laundry Soap



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