The other day my sis asked me to share my recipe for laundry soap. It's very simple, but I'm not so good with measuring things. I tend to just make by feel (needless to say, I don't always have spectacular results). For the sake of passing on the info I'm going to make an attempt to quantify the process. I hobbled this particular laundry soap recipe together from various sources across the web. I've been making my own for so long that the process has evolved a bit to suit me, but you can find similar -- if not identical -- instructions just about anywhere.
What you'll need:
Steps (sort of):
First you need to grate the bar of soap into a pot. I generally sit in front of the TV and watch something ridiculously mind numbing during this process -- but if you're better with time management than I you might find something more productive to do, so long as it doesn't involve your hands because they'll be busy. Once the soap is grated add enough water to cover and then a bit more for good measure and put it on the stove to simmer. You'll let it simmer until all of the soap dissolves.
Fill up a tea kettle and get it to boiling. While you're waiting for your water to boil and your soap to dissolve you'll add 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax to your plastic pitcher (or whatever). Once soap is dissolved and water is boiling, add both to the pitcher. Stir with your big spoon until all of the washing soda and borax have become one with the liquid.
Put the funnel in the mouth of your soap storage container. Pour in the concoction from the pitcher, then add warm water from the tap until full. At this point you can add a few drops of essential oil if you like. I use lavender or lemon. The lemon seems to work a bit better as far as smell staying power. Then put the lid on and give it a good solid shake. It'll take a few hours to set up, but I've used it right away plenty of times and my laundry has never complained.
And if, like me, you don't use dryer sheets. You can wait until the rinse cycle and add a cup of white vinegar. Works like a charm, promise.
I was too lazy to photograph each step of the process. But here's my finished product.
That's some silky soap!