Washboard Clean All
Natural Laundry Soap
|5 gallon pail|
|dad's drill / mom's beater|
|soap after shaking|
|soap separated from the water|
|one good experimental batch|
|another good experimental batch|
CHECK IT OUT:
|ingredients to make laundry soap|
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup Borax
- 2 cups washing soda
- 3 Tbs Liquid Glycerin
- Fels-Naptha Bar Soap 5 1/2 oz* (grated)
- 4 cups hot water to melt the soap
- 3 gallons hot water
Note: Borax, Washing Soda and Fels-Naptha Bar Soap can be found in the cleaning or laundry isle at your local supermarket or super center such as Wegmans and/or Walmart; the baking soda will be in the baking isle. I purchased the 'vegetable' liquid glycerin at a local health store (NatureTyme) but regular glycerin can be purchased at any pharmacy.
|utensils for making laundry soap|
(two choices of kettles shown)
I use two funnels as shown above
- a short one for a short container
and a long one for a tall container
and a dowel for stirring the mixture
- large deep pan/kettle able to hold 3 1/2 liquid gallons
- large saucepan
- grater (cheese)
- long handled utensil for stirring (spoon or dowel)
- optional potato masher
- measuring cup
- measuring spoon
- clean empty plastic recycled jugs
|a good assortment of empty clean containers|
to fill with homemade laundry soap
Fill a large deep pan/kettle with 3 gallons of water and bring to a boil (or close to it) on your stove top. Turn off heat at boiling point.
While the water is getting to the boiling point grate the bar soap onto a loose piece of paper to make it easier to pick up and transfer into the water.
Using a large saucepan heat another 4 cups of tap water over medium high heat on stove top.
When hot steam begins to rise from the top of the large saucepan stir in the grated soap until it is completely melted. To this soap mixture add individually the borax, baking soda, washing soda and Glycerin stirring continuously until each ingredient is completely blended.
Pour the melted soap mixture from the saucepan into the large pan/kettle of boiling hot water and stir gently until all ingredients are completely blended. (If the pan is too heavy to lift use a ladle to transfer.) Move the mixture off the burner and let it sit uncovered for 8-10 hours to thicken/gel; this usually turns into a gelatinous texture.
Considering I let the dogs out once, the cat out once, stopped to put new batteries in the camera and had unsolicited conversations with the spouse I would say I could have shaved at least 5 minutes off the entire process. Not bad, 45 +/- minutes to make 416 oz of laundry soap. This batch produced enough liquid soap to launder 416 loads of dirty clothes (each batch uses 2 tablespoons and 2 tablespoons equals 1 ounce.) Just think about this for a minute - enough laundry soap to do more than one load of wash a day for over a year. Doesn't this blow your mind? It does mine.
|yes, these are my feet|
|potato masher sitting|
on thick mixture before
|mashed down lumps|
at 3:50 p.m. and 6:10 p.m.
|use a short funnel|
for a short container
|use a tall funnel|
for a tall container
honestly, this is one batch
short glass canning jars filled with the liquid laundry soap make great Eco-friendly gifts for the neighbor, babysitter, friend, teacher, etc.
A regular large load uses 2 tablespoons (1 oz); you might have to adjust accordingly for more heavily soiled laundry or pre-treat any difficult stains. I have never had an issue with this laundry soap recipe not meeting my expectations. This is quite a testimonial considering I'm an avid gardener (both vegetable and flower) who tends to two dogs, one cat, and four chickens with a husband who is a high achiever in producing dirty laundry.