This is laundry soap making for me. It's been over a year since I started to read about green cleaning and alternatives to detergent use in the home. I have been using vinegar and baking soda for weekly cleaning and given up on store bought clenaers, but laundry soap was still a long way away. It just seemed so involved and messy so I kept putting it off.
Until the other day I took a look a my soaps and thought some of the first ones that I still had, looked a bit boring. Just plain and white, actually just perfect soaps. Perfect for laundry! So I grated them down and mixed them with washing soda and borax. That's it!
The dry version.
The recipe I used was basically:
2 soap bars (about 200 gr. total)Since that was easy I started to make the liquid one. That also involved grating soap bars. This time into a pot and on top of that I poured water. I heated this up to a medium heat. Just so it doesn't start to froth to much. When the soap is dissolved into the water I filled a bucket (10 liters or so) up to maybe 3/4 with hot water and poured the soap solution into that. Then I stirred a cup of washing soda and a cup of borax into the solution. Let it sit over night. The instructions that I read warned that this might get "gloopy and lumpy" but I didn't find that. To me it seemed rather smooth, but to make sure I took my stick blender to it.
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax.
Mix and put in a container.
Used 1-2 tablespoons per load.
The next day I poured this into empty detergent bottles. I had ripped off the labels and used a Sharpie to write the recipe on the bottles. Handy for the next time.
So the recipe for the liquid laundry soap is this:
1-2 Soap bar(s) - about 200-250 gr. This isn't an exact scienceNow I've been testing these out by doing load after load of laundry. I have to say that the laundry looks fine. I see no difference from the commercial laundry detergents. The smell on the clothes is great: It's really no smell at all and quite like when you hang laundry outside to dry.
1 cup Washing soda
1 cup Borax
Grate the soap into a pot. Pour water over and heat gently. Stir to disolve soap flakes, but be careful it doesn't froth too much.
Pour 7 liters hot water into a bucket and add the soapy water. Add the washing soda and borax and stir. Cover (with a plastic bag or a towel) and let sit overnight. This may get "gloopy and lumply", but you can stir it with a stick blender to get a smoother consistency.
Use 1/4 - 1/2 cup in a load.
It just smells of nothing but CLEAN.
I love it!