Laundry soap recipes??

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  1. Jo@LaudoDeumFarm

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    I found this recipe in the recipe section. However, I thought there was a different way of doing laundry soap that involved dissolving the soap bars into water and adding lye to that. (can't remember obviously.) Anyone have a link on laundry soaps? Also, do you need to use a vinegar rinse after wards with this one?


    Laundry Soap

    1 cup fine ground soap (can be any kind)
    1/2 cup Washing Soda
    1/2 cup Borax
    1/2 cup Baking Soda

    Mix all together. Use 2 TBSP per load. For heavy soiled.. use 3 TBSP.
    Note* There will not be a lot of bubbles.
     
  2. BlissBerry

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    I make my laundry soap differently as I don't want powdered (saves my washing machine a step. :) ).

    I fill a SS stockpot half full of soap shreds, add enough water so the pot is 3/4 fill and cook down. I also add Borax to the mixture. I use about 1/3 cup per load.

    Easy to make and wonderful to use!

    Sara
     

  3. Gunnie

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    I pretty much use the one that you posted just in bigger batches. I dont use vinager in the rinse some people say that it rinses out the soap but I figure you use a huge cup load of tide (or whatever) and didnt so with the little bit you use im not sure if it would help. I know it is suppossed to work good for softening clothes and make so there isnt much static cling. I will try that after I run out of dryer sheets.
    This one is interesting:
    http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/03/15/how-to-make-your-own-laundry-detergent-and-save-big-money/
     
  4. Jo@LaudoDeumFarm

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    I have a icecream bucket full of soap pieces I want to use up. Sara, do you have a recipe for doing it that way?
     
  5. MRFBarbara

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    Jo, I am not Sara, but I don't use a recipe, mine is like Sara's... fill large ss pot with your soap shreds and cover with water.. add couple more cups of water... I just let mine sit in the sink in my soap room.. for two days.. and it melts into goo.. I add a cup or two of borox to this mix and stir stir stir.. and you have a thick like paste or goo laundry soap.. It takes alot of water, double the amount of soap really
    Barbara
     
  6. cmharris6002

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    :yeahthat

    Mine is like what Barbara and Sara do. I also dissolve 2 Tablespoons of lye in the water and cook it to counter the superfat value in my soap shreds.

    Christy
     
  7. Jo@LaudoDeumFarm

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    O.k. So I have a bucket of scraps. In a five gallon bucket I can add that and then 2 or 3 buckets of water. Let it sit until it melts.

    I wonder if i should add the lye, too. My soaps tend to have a medium range in superfatting.

    I wonder what is the difference between cooking it or letting it sit? Is there any residue left on the washing machine?
     
  8. BlissBerry

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    I haven't tried Barb's method od letting it sit... I may do that next time!

    I haven't found any residue left in my machine or on the clothes. I don't add any extra lye.

    Sara
     
  9. Ravens Haven

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    How much "laundry soap" do you all use per load?

    cup, half cup???

    Autumn
     
  10. Gunnie

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    Im going to have to try it this way. So I dont have to sit and grate the soap so much.
     
  11. BlissBerry

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    Autumn,

    I use about a 1/4 to 1/3 cup per load.

    Sara
     
  12. MRFBarbara

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    No difference in letting it sit or cook, just the cooking helps melt the soap faster.. thats all.. I fill a bucket and just let it sit.. that way I don't have to worry about it being on the stove etc.. I stir it once a day.. thats it.. I also add a little extra lye to mine, but I dissolve the lye in water first.. No residue on washing machine, but you can add vinegar to the rinse if you want to, especially if you have hard water.. I also use 1/3 cup per load.. love it, that it gets the buck smell right out of my barn clothes.. I have not used store bought laundry soap in over 8 years now.. I always have buckets of shreds..
    Barb
     
  13. Jo@LaudoDeumFarm

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    This is looking really promising. Sounds easy to do. Do you add any scent to yours?
     
  14. BlissBerry

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    I do. The laundy soap we are using now is Fresh Fruit Salsa. :)

    Sara
     
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    Sara, how much scent to you find you need to add to make your clothes take it on? I suppose it depends on the scent. I love the smell of grapefruit essential oil. I will have to experiement with it, but how much do you think I should start with?

    Christina
     
  17. BlissBerry

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    It really doesn't take much FO to scent your laundry soap if you use a good quality FO. I choose a scent that will complement my soap shreds. I make pretty good size batches of laundry soap so it will really depend on how much you make. Start with a little as you can always add more.

    I haven't tried EO's, mostly due to the price but I love Pink Grapefruit EO!

    Sara
     
  18. ChristinaF.

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    Yup, your right about the price. I'll have to try FO, but so far I haven't done much scenting in anything. Sure is going to be fun experimenting with all of this.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Christina
     
  19. Jo@LaudoDeumFarm

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    I finally got a hold of my friend who talked me into trying this. This is what she does:

    She grates 4-6 ounces of soap and melts it in a pot of water on the stove. After it is melted she adds some more water and then adds a cup of borax and washing soda. Once those have dissolved, she adds a cup of water with two teaspoons of lye in it. She transfers that to a five gallon bucket and adds enough water to make about 4 gallons. Over about 40 minutes the soap takes on a gelled like custard texture that resembles apple sauce. She stirs it down now and then, and then transfers it to two smaller buckets of about 2 gallons each. She says that will wash 220 loads.

    I guess I'm going to try a number of different things and see what works for us. She doesn't use a whole lot of soap in her recipe.
     
  20. hsmomof4

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    Do any of you use these with high efficiency washers? (Or know someone who does?) We haven't started making soap yet, but it's on our short list. ;)