March 28, 2010
Homemade Laundry Soap – It is easier than you may think!
**WARNING: I have When Harry Met Sally on in the background. Quotes from the movie may appear sporadically, or not.**
Approximately one month ago my good friend took an afternoon to teach me how to make laundry soap. Today I am going to show you how to do it….
1 bar Ivory soap, grated
1/2 Cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer, but not baking soda)
1/2 Cup Borax
2 Gallon Bucket
1 Quart Hot Water
Mix grated soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 Gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Stir occasionally. Store it in milk jugs or empty laundry soap containers, give it a good shake then pour.
Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load. Use the same amount in your front load washers as well.
It will be chunky. I actually use a little more than 1/2 cup when I wash, but it is cheap to make so not a big deal.
NOW – that you have the directions here are the photos of my experience. I did very well at this project!
The supplies- I chose to you use Dove soap. I like the smell and I know my husband doesn’t mind it…
Here we are grating my soap
Our finished product!
Now – I didn’t take a picture of it but I transferred all the soap to 2 gallon milk jugs. They both were filled to the top!
(“You look like a normal person but you are actually the angel of death” Meg Ryan as Sally)
Also – My friend used Ivory and I used Dove. We got two different textures. Hers was chunky and more like jam whereas mine came out smooth like liquid laundry detergent. We made them exactly the same way so we are assuming that different bar soap produces different consistency.