Monday, November 17, 2008

Homemade Laudry Soap: How to make it (tutorial)

Today, I made homemade laudry soap. While, I was making it I thought,"I should put the recipe for this soap and how to make it on my blog." So, I will post how to make it.
This is the recipe for homemade soap make a five-gallon bucket full of liquid soap.

Homemade Laundry Soap

Supplies needed for this project:
  • 1 Bar of Fel-Naptha Soap
  • 2 cups of Borax
  • 2 cups of Arm & Hammer Washing (not baking) Soda
  • a pot and a lid
  • a clean five-gallon bucket
  • a spoon
  • a grater (like a cheese grater)
  • a large stick for stirring - a broom handle works great!

First, grate the bar of Fels-Naptha with a grater, in the pot.
When I grate soap, I usually wear a mask or a bandana over my mouth and nose so I don't breathe in the fumes of the soap.

Put hot water in the pot with the grated soap, enough hot water to cover the grated soap. Put a lid on the pot of grated soap and heat the soap on the stove on meduim heat .

Now, put 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda) in the five-gallon bucket.


Fill the five-gallon bucket with hot water, leave enough head-space in the bucket to add the pot of melted soap. Stir the hot water, Borax, and Arm & Hammer Washing soda with your long stick as you fill the bucket with the hot water. Do not add the water too quickly or will get a bunch of bubbles and soapy suds.
When the pot of grated soap is completely melted, it can be poured into the five-gallon bucket. Rinse the pot with water after all the soap is poured in and put the rinse water in too, so the whole bar of soap gets into the pot.

Stir the mixture together well and it is finished! You can use the soap immediatly, but do not bottle the soap for a day or two. In a few hours after making this soap usually turns into a thick gel, much like Jello. It is best to stir the soap every few hours or as often as possible for a day or two.

After a day or more of sitting in the bucket, it can be bottled. I store my soap in clean containers, juice containers work well. Any container used needs too be clean!

This Homemade Laundry soap doesn't make a bunch of suds like the laundry detergents from the store, but it does clean the laundry. To wash a one load of laundry, use one cup of homemade laundry soap.

This soap doesn't get the whites as white and bright as I like them, so I add about a cup of color safe bleach powder detergent to the whites, along with the cup of homemade laundry soap. I like the Sun brand color safe bleach. I get it at the Dollar Tree.

This soap has definately save money for my family! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

-Belle-




5 comments:

BPOTW said...

Wow! I'd love to try this since it saves money. I have a couple of questions:

1) How long does the process take from start to finish?

2) How long does the soap last? I imagine I'll use it before it goes bad, but I'm just wondering.

Thanks for submitting a post again!

ann said...

OH GIRL,I MAY TRY THIS.I REMEMBER YEARS AGO I WORKED AT A BOUTIQUE.WE SOLD SOAPS AND CANDLES.OF COURSE HOMEMADE FOR OODLES.I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN GOOD AT CRAFTS AND SUCH SO I GOT SOME "HOW TO"BOOKS.
THE EQUIPMENT I COULDN'T FIND.I FINALLY FOUND ALOT OF THE THINGS AT A THRIFT STORE.AFTER LOCATING A CANDY THERMOMETER AND HUGE COOK POTS AND MOLDS AND SUCH.(ALL THE CRAFT STORES HAD WERE LIKE KIDDY KITS).
ANYWAY I SET OUT TO COOK THIS STUFF.I HAD GOTTEN PURE FAT FROM MY BUTCHER.I STARTED TO COOK THIS STUFF.
I HAVE NOW. AND HAD THEN BIRDS.WELL,MERCY,THE HOUSE FILLED UP WITH THESE FUMES.HORRIBLE,HORRIBLE FUMES.I RAN AND CLOSED THE DOOR TO THE BIRD ROOM.I OPENED ALL THE DOORS AND WINDOWS.I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO BLOW UP THE ENTIRE APARTMENT COMPLEX.
I WAS PETRIFIED.OF COURSE I CUT THE BURNER OFF AND GOT SOME MITTS ON.I TOOK THE POT OUT ON THE PORCH TO GET RID OF THE FUMES.
LATER I WENT OUT TO SEE WHAT I HAD IN THE POT.THE CONCOCTION I MADE I HAD EATEN THE POT BOTTOM TOTALLY OUT.
BAD RECEIPE?BAD COOK?I DON'T KNOW.I HAVEN'T TRIED SINCE.
BUT NOTHING MUST BE NICER THAN SERVING YOUR GUEST HOMEMADE SOAPS IN THEIR GUEST BATH OR GIVING HOMEMADE CANDLES FOR GIFTS AND BEING ABLE TO SAY.
"I MADE THESE"...ANN

Kelly said...

wow, this seems ambitious. but i'm a lazy lazy girl. however, i'm going to bookmark it and one day when i have more energy and less money, i'll give it a shot. thanks - i found you on bpotw.

Mary said...

Great recipe. I've got all the stuff and will be trying this as soon as the laundry soap I have runs out. Thanks for posting it.

Happy Campers said...

Hi! Love your recipe for laundry detergent...we've been using a similar recipe with 2 bars Ivory Soap instead of the naptha soap. It smells good & is really gentle... :) Good pics too!