I made a batch of laundry soap a couple of days ago that turned out really well. As you know, I’ve been making my own laundry detergent using Fels Naptha Soap. Well, I was out of Fels Naptha soap, and I didn’t want to go to the store, so, I made my own. It’s so easy. I used the hot process method, so it would be ready to use much more quickly.
Here’s what I did:
1 pound of soybean oil (Crisco or non brand name will do)
2.1 oz. lye into 5 oz. water and stir (carefully…remember lye safety!!)
Melt the oil in a crock pot. When it’s melted add the lye to the oil mixture slowly, stirring carefully, so it doesn’t splash. Once really stirred well, I used a stick blender and blended the oils and lye until trace. Once at trace, I lowered the heat to low and let the mixture cook a bit. (About 15 minutes was all this took.) I added 2 tablespoons of Grapefruit Essential Oils and stirred very well, then glopped the mixture into the mold.
Later that day, I removed the soap from the mold and grated it using a fine hand grater (like what you’d use for Parmesan Cheese) and put the grated soap on wax paper; let stand over night to dry.
The next morning, I mixed 3 cups of Borax and 3 cups of washing soda. I blended it all in my Magic Bullet to make it a really fine powder.
I’m very glad I ran out of the Fels Naptha. I love this stuff!!
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