Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Since early fall I have been out of homemade soap. I have been putting off making it. Why? Oh I have literally no idea. It only takes about a half hour of my time and its literally pennies a load.
The recipe can vary from source to source. One person told me she uses 1 bar of Felsnaptha and 6-8 cups of borax and washing soda. My recipe is a little different and this time when I made it I varied it a bit more, I am bad when it comes to following a recipe. Additionally, I use a regular food shredder rather than a fine grater because of a hand injury which would prevent fine grating. After grating I chop as well.
Kim's Laundry Suds Soap Recipe
1 bar of Fels-Naptha or Zote soap
1 cup of Boarx
1 cup of Washing Soda
1 cup of Baking Soda
1 cup Laundry Crystals --Optional
Place borax, washing soda, and baking soda in a large bucket or bowl. Grate the bar of soap (with a food grater--fine if you can) and add it to the powder mix in the bucket. Add the optional laundry crystals if you like. Mix well with a large wooden spoon.
For use in laundry, add 1 Tbsp for a regular load of laundry (2-3 Tbsp if dirty or large) --if desired and using cool water dissolve the laundry soap first in a pint of warm water.
Hubs only complaint with this laundry soap has been lack of scent. The crystals take care of that problem!
You will buy a box of each of the powders and it will make several batches. The Fels-Naptha runs around a dollar a bar. I figure each batch cost about $3 and will wash about 70-75 loads.
I say thats pretty good.