I posted this awhile back on my other blog and today saw someone asking about this and thought I would post it here too....
Making Laundry Soap: Step-by-Step in Pictures!
If you are not familiar with this recipe you can click here: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm to read the recipe, what each ingredient is, tips on where to locate the harder to find items AND how much money you will save by doing this!
A few things to explain:
In the following pictures my daughter Emily and I are making a double batch of soap, so there will be more volume from all the ingredients than if you were making a single batch. Also I make my own soap instead of using the Fels Naptha, so my soap is white, not brown.
Now letâ€™s get started and make some laundry soap!
First gather together the needed items.
Washing Soda and Borax:
A soap of some sort:
A bucket. When I make laundry soap I make a double batch and I use a saved Costco laundry detergent bucket from the last one I bought (over a year ago now!). :
And a pot of some sort to melt the soap/water in.
First begin by getting everything measured out ahead of time. I find this makes it much easier.
I start by grating my soap:
Then I measure out the washing soda and borax into a small bowl and setting it aside:
I also pre-measure all the needed water. You will need to have 4 cups of hot water to add to your soap as soon as you pour it into the bucket. I put those 4 cups into a canning jar and put them in my microwave to heat while I start the rest of the process.
I mix the grated soap with the water:
Leave this on a medium burner and stir now and again until the soap melts:
Then remove from the heat and add the washing soda and borax:
Stir until all is dissolved:
Pour this mixture into your bucket:
Add those 4 cups of hot water:
Now add the remaining water. I saved a few gallon jugs for this purpose. I can have the jugs filled with water and waiting to be poured into the bucket. The recipe calls for a gallon of water, plus 6 cups.. I have those 6 cups also measured out and then pour them into the bucket:
Stir and let it sit until the next day:
It should turn into a water/gel type mixture. If it does not gel up for you, you can still use it. Next time add a little more soap (like half the bar of Fels Naptha) and see if that helps.
I was going to take a picture of the finished product, but because I use my own homemade soap (which is white).. mine looked like a white watery/gel inside a white bucket.. So the picture just looked white!!