Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I Made My Own Laundry Soap

1.) The Ingredients for the Homemade Laundry Soap
2.) The Ivory Soap that I cut with my own two hands,
well actually, I cut it with the scissors
3.) The cut up Ivory Soap is simmering
4.) The soap and water are getting to a
"bubblage" stage
(a word coined by Robyn)
5.) Every things added except the extra gallon and a half of water
6.) 5 hours later it's really gellin',
I had to say that. Hee!Hee!
As I'm putting this gel into containers my 2 year old, Jace, says "Uck!"

I read about making your own laundry soap from my Brown ShoeBox Swap partner's Blog. Robyn has a tutorial on her blog, Where the Boys Are, about how to make your own Laundry Soap. I was intrigued!
Mainly because:
  1. I do laundry
  2. I do a lot of laundry
  3. I use laundry detergent
  4. I use quite a bit of laundry detergent
  5. I have nothing better to do than make my own laundry soap
  6. I could save some money on laundry detergent to make up for the craft stuff that I buy!
I do have a couple of questions that I've been asking myself though. So, maybe IF somebody reads this they can leave a comment and answer my questions. Okay??
  1. The directions on the Borax Natural Laundry Booster and the Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda both say to add like 1/2 cup to you laundry ALONG with your regular laundry detergent to help aid in cleaning. How does this laundry soap work then if you only add 1/2 - 3/4 cup of each the Borax and Arm & Hammer to the whole 2 gallons that you make. I don't get that. You get 64 loads out of the same 1/2 cup of each of the items that you add to 1 regular load of laundry "as an additive"??????? Please explain this one to me!!! I don't get it??????
  2. Okay, I melted the Ivory Bar Soap and then as soon as you add the Borax and the Arm & Hammer powder there is an instant gel. Why does it gel?? Again, I don't understand this and why does such a small amount of soap turn all that water into such a thick gel??? I'm no a scientist, but I am very curious. ?????

So anyway, I made the soap earlier tonight. Actually, it was kind of enjoyable (even if I don't fully understand it). I had the kitchen window open (we finally had a nice spring day!) while I cooked the soap and washed dishes. My kitchen had the nicest aroma of fresh spring air and Ivory Soap. What more could a girl ask for!! I'll let you know how it works, I have enough of my store bought detergent (I say that now like it is a dirty word!) left for a load or two. So, I'll start on the new homemade stuff tomorrow. I feel so domesticated right now!!

Oh yeah, I also found a video where a lady is making basically the same type of soap in her kitchen http://www.metacafe.com/w/821928/ . Oh, 1 more thing, I added 2 bars of the Ivory Bar Soap instead of one

  1. I like the smell of Ivory Soap
  2. I have a bed wetter and anything extra I can to help take away the smell of the urine is more than welcome. Maybe I should have added some vinegar and cut out part of the water?? I guess that will give me something to think about!


Mrs. Decker said...

Hey Sherry! Love the blog....I am so trying this laundry soap!!! I spend a small fortune on laundry detergent. If my kids even spill water on themselves, they think they have to go change.
Look forward to reading more.

Anonymous said...

Sherry, that is so cool you made your own laundry detergent. I have started making my own cleaning supplies and we are saving a bundle. Plus, i feel better not having all the chemicals in the house.
Let me know how you like the laundry detergent long term. i may have to try it.

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