Wednesday, February 10, 2010

{ i made soap! }

Laundry soap, that is. I've wanted to try it for a long time and I finally got around to doing it last week. I used Fels Naptha soap, Washing Soda, and Borax, and the recipe that is on the Duggar Family website. In a nutshell, here's how it's made.

First, you take a bar of basic bar soap and grate it. As I said, I used Fels Naptha, but I've read that you can use Ivory or other brands if you'd like.

This was the hardest part of the process because I grated it by hand, and Fels Naptha is pretty hard. I could have used the food processor to grate it, but I didn't want to worry about all my foods that I prepare in there tasting like soap. So, I used my cheap Ikea box grater.

Finally it was all grated.

Next, add four cups of hot water in a pan with the soap and heat over medium until all of the soap is dissolved.

You'll also need a five-gallon bucket. Fill it about half way with hot water, and then add your dry ingredients, which are 1 cup Washing Soda and 1/2 cup Borax.

Add your melted soap mixture to the bucket and stir.

Then fill the bucket the rest of the way up with hot water. And stir some more.

Then, it needs to set up overnight. I put my sealed bucket in the bathroom and left it alone for about 24 hours. This is what it looked like when I opened it up.

Crazy, huh!? It has the consistency of egg drop soup. It's somewhat gelatinous, but not throughout.

To use it, you dilute it half and half with water. I took an old laundry bottle that I cleaned and rinsed out, and added two cups of the soap and two cups of water. Shake it well, and I actually shake it every time before I use it. I've been doing our laundry with this soap for about a week now and I really love it. Our clothes are super clean, they smell really fresh, and for about $3, I now have approximately 180 loads worth of soap! Can you believe it? Seriously, that's amazing.

And, speaking of amazing...look at these fabrics.

Aaahhhh....aren't they gorgeous? They will soon be put to good use in my kitchen.
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