5 gals of water
1 cup of borax (Food City)
1 cup of washing sodas (Food City)
2 - 3 bars of handmade soap
(in this tutorial I used banana scented lye soap)
1. Add one gallon of water to a huge cooker.
I used a deep water bath canning cooker.
It has to be large enough to boil 5 gals of water.
2. Grate the bars of soap.
3. Add grated soap to the gallon of water and heat on high.
Stir often until soap is all melted.
4. After it is all melted and mixed well add 1 cup of
Stir until evenly mixed.
5. After it is all mixed well and even add the other 4
gallons of water. It looks kind of milky at this stage.
Stir ever so often. Continue to heat on high. Be sure
to watch it because if it boils too much it will bubble
over!! Found that out the hard way!!! LOL
6. Now its done! See how clear it looks. Turn off heat.
Its heating it to this stage that keeps it from seperating
in the bucket. Let it cool some and pour into a 5 gallon
bucket. Its ready to use.
I don't much care for lye soap made from lard in this laundry soap recipe. It seems to be too oily to me. It may just be me but I prefer olive oil soaps. I have also made it without washing sodas and borax but really like it with it. Seems to clean better. I haven't added any scent oils just yet to my laundry. The bars do lose their scent after it has been watered down so much. Also the color doesn't get on your clothes unless its super super dark. I've used Kentucky blue color before without any trouble in my whites. Use your own judgement on that one. I have been using this laundry soap recipe for years now and love it. I also use it to clean the house. Mop, wash walls, and counters. If you have any questions just post a comment of send me an email. I am happy to help all I can.
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