Homemade Laundry Detergent

Found this amazing recipe for Homemade Laundry Soap on Pinterest the other day and thought I’d give it a try. Its not dry and its not runny either. Its thicker like lotion almost.  But its super easy to make and so far works great!

White Silk Purse Laundry Soap
~ makes 4 quarts {one gallon} of concentrate ~

Ingredients:

2 bars bar soap

2 cups 20 Mule Team Borax

2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

6 cups of hot water (+ more water as needed)

Directions:

-Put 6 cups of water on to heat. It will almost boil by the time you are done. While the water is heating, grate the bar soap.
-Add the soap to the water that is heating, and stir frequently. This part takes 10 – 15 minutes. Keep stirring until the soap is completely melted. Don’t let this boil or you’ll have soap all over the place!
-When the soap has melted turn off the heat and add the Borax and the Washing Soda. Stir and stir and stir. You will stir for about three minutes. The powders will dissolve into the liquid.

-Pour the liquid equally into 4 quart jars. Now, add just enough water to bring the contents up to the “shoulders” of the jar. This will leave about 1 ½ inches of headspace. Put lids on the jars and let them sit overnight (about 8 hours).

-The soap in the jars will separate while it is standing. This is OK. There will be firm soap on top and kind of gel-like soap on the bottom. Sometimes “crystals” form at the bottom of the jar, don’t worry.

– Take one of the jars and cut up the firm soap. I just stick a knife down into the jar and cut it up like a pie. Next, pour all of this into your blender of mixing bowl. Now, because I am frugal I pour about 3 tablespoons of water into the quart jar and swish it around to get all the rest of the soap out. If there are crystals, I use HOT water and stir a bit. I add this to the blender too.

-Start on the lowest speed of your blender or mixer and increase the speed gradually. Your result will be something that looks like really thick, pale yellow whipped cream. You may need to scrape the sides down with a spatula a few times to get it all the way blended/mixed. It’s like creaming the butter, sugar and eggs when you make cookies.

-Pour/spoon the now blended soap back into the quart jar(s). Your jar(s) will be all the way full now and you may even have a little more for another jar. Pop a lid onto the jar(s) and your soap will keep indefinitely. It gets a little firmer in the jar when it sits, but it stays spoonable.

 

   This is after cooking…

 

  This is final product.  (This recipe actually made 4 quarts!)(Picture is of only 1)

 

I used a Ivory soap bars and it smells so good!

 

This recipe is so simple and very acurrate. It described the process and what to expect thoroughly.

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