Tara's Laundry Detergent
4 cups boiling water
1 bar fels naptha laundry bar soap (you can use plain white Ivory bath soap but it turns out far worse and seperation happens-just shake it up if it does or reheat it in a pan on the stove if it bothers you) It still cleans fine and it'll do in a pinch if you can't find Fels Naptha (which is far superior and made for this purpose)
2 cups arm and hammer washing soda
2 cups borax
5 gallon bucket with a lid for mixing and keeping it in
3 gallons lukewarm water
up to 1 ounce of essential oils or fragrance oil
Follow the instructions in order or it will mess up your batch
Sit the bucket in the kitchen sink and fill it with 3 gallons of lukewarm water (empty milk jug works great). Leave it there.
On a paper plate grate the bar of soap (with a cheese grater) or cut it into small chunks and toss into a food processor little by little until it's finely grated (much easier).
In a medium-sized sauce pan, put your 4 cups of water on the stove to boil. After it's boiling, slowly mix in your ground soap and stir it as you pour. Get it melted down and then pour it into your bucket with the other lukewarm water.
Slowly add in both the washing soda and borax, mixing all the time. It will be runny at this point, it won't set up for 24 hours so it's not wise to use it until then.
Add in your essential oils if you want it to smell like something and mix it all in well.
This is the website where I ordered a large variety of fragrance oils: http://www.snowdriftfarm.com/fragranceoils_3.html
but you can get them on ebay: http://stores.ebay.com/Somethin-Special_Fragrance-Perfume-Oils_W0QQ_fsubZ5QQ_sidZ1548195QQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em322
or even just use essential oils like a combo of lavender and vanilla.
The soap will be thicker and slightly chunky but smells better than store bought and cleans just as well if not better in my opinion. It costs about 2 cents per load compared to 35 cents depending on the store brand you buy. We love it. I used to have to buy a jug every week and now we never buy it. The borax and washing soda boxes last forever and you just need to stock up on Fels Naptha. The gallons of soap you end up with last a long time between batches.
I should mention the original recipe only used half the washing soda and borax and half the bar soap for the same amount of water. I found the batch to be too weak and changed it to double everything but water for my own piece of mind. I think it turned out much better my way. It's stronger and washes better. But it did thicken it alot. The other way was really runny and thin.
Well, there you go :) It's not like store bought in texture, keep that in mind but it works fine and is much cheaper. I can just imagine what we save per year this way.
Ok then. I had to make more of that. Then I decided I wanted to make some Glycerin Bar Soap for us and some friends. I have some fancy soap molds (wish I had some goth ones for the upcoming Halloween season :( Here they are :
|3-D bunch of grapes soap mold-sucky night time pictures though|