Wednesday, November 10, 2010
homemade laundry soap
To start with, I went to the thrift store to get a saucepan, measuring cups, and even silicone molds. Yep, I am gathering for another project I would like to try-soap making. But I will start with the easy ones first. I don't do well with failure.
The second step after finding a simple recipe, was to the grocery store. In Peace River, at the No Frills, this is what it cost me.
Borax - $4.29 for 2 kg box
Washing Soda- $5.29 for 3 kg box
Sunlight - $2.19 for 2 bar package
Of course, depending where you live it maybe more or less.
You will need:
1 cup soap grated
1/2 c washing soda
1/2 c borax
I grated both bars up, measured out what I needed, and put the remaining soap into a quart jar for next time.
-add the ingredients and 1 1/2 quarts water into a saucepan, heat mixture, stir 'til completely dissolved and remove from heat.
-get a large container (like a 5 gallon bucket or a mop pail-make sure it is clean) anything that will hold about 10 quarts. Measure in 8 quarts of cold water, and add soapy mixture and stir.
-as it cools, the mixture turns to gel.
-pour into used laundry detergent containers or whatever you have. Leave some headroom for shaking.
-shake before every use, approximately 1/2 cup per load-adjust for dirtiness.
You can add essential oils. I haven't yet. I have made this twice now. But my son, told me "It doesn't have any smell. Can't you add something to it?" So I shall next time. I took me less than 30 minutes to make this. What took me the longest was pouring the soap into my jugs. At the time I didn't own any funnels, which now has been rectified. Pin It