Jillee seems to be a wonder woman. I can’t imagine a woman’s brain holding all that information. Particularly since it makes me look like a mental midget.
Please click the link to see the complete article, and spend an hour or a month, just looking aground…
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
There have been a lot of questions posted lately about the whole laundry detergent-making process. Which I take as a great sign that more and more people are getting fed up with the ridiculously high-priced brand name stuff and turning to time-tested, “mother-approved” formulations that date back to before most of us were born! 🙂 And work JUST AS WELL, if not better than the over-priced, over-packaged stuff we are forced to lug home from the store in huge plastic bottles that chances are won’t be recycled. *deep breath* (Stepping down off soapbox….for now).
In any case, I thought it might be helpful to post another “update”, if you will, on the Homemade Laundry Detergent project with more pictures!
Keep in mind, however, there is no “right” way to make this stuff…. this is just the way it works best for me. I would suggest if you want lots more VALUABLE INPUT from other readers…. visit one of the following ORIGINAL POSTS and read the comments. GREAT information there!!
Let’s start with the basic recipe again:
- 1 bar grated Fels Naptha soap (or whatever soap you like.)
- 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1 cup Washing Soda (not BAKING soda)
Many people make this in a big, 5-gallon container, but call me lazy, cuz I don’t like to drag in a 5 gallon bucket from the garage. When it’s time to make soap, I just pull out my 4-quart saucepan like I’m cooking up a double batch of rice. 🙂
I “cook” the soap soup at on medium low until all the little bits of soap are completely melted. To make sure of this…I will let it come to a boil for just a minute. That way I’m pretty sure no pieces of soap will be floating in my finished product.
I then add the 1 cup of Borax and the 1 cup of Washing Soda. Once again, we are only “cooking” it long enough to make sure it is all a combined and smooth texture. I try not to let it actually come to a boil because it will “boil over” very easily! (Not that I would know about that.)
When it’s all nice and combined and sorta creamy looking (if kind of reminds me of cooking pudding at this point)…it’s time to pour it into your soap containers.
I use (3) 1 gallon Minute Maid Orange Juice bottles.
I use a glass measuring cup and scoop the mixture out of the pan and pour into the bottles.
I THINK it ends up being about 4-5 cups in each bottle but I haven’t actually measured it. I just keep adding a little to each until they are all at the same level (and the pan is empty.)
Now I take each one to the sink and hot water until each bottle is about 1/2 full.