If you have not read my blog yesterday, I urge you to do so. It relates to these directions.
I probably thought I was through with the edit to the blog and didn’t follow through. That also is a message! We are “. . .complete in Him . . . ” (Col 2:10) It’s done. The redemptive work and fullness of all we can be is done! Yet, we walk around wringing our hands and giving ourselves headaches with worry! Why? What we call “mistakes” is actually sin. I am going out on a limb to say, not trusting God is sinful. Here, I made a mistake somewhere and did not complete the post. I’m sorry.
Now: Make Laundry Detergent. Karyl’s way. I have reduced the original directions because all of the directions on the internet make five gallons! That would last me more than a year! My soap works, so here we go:
You will need: a clean 2.5 gallon bucket. I converted an old mop bucket.
a bar of Fels Naptha soap.
Arm and Hammer washing soda
20 Mule team borax. I have not used any other brands. I trust these.
You will need a heavy pan and I use one I bought at a flea market cheap because it didn’t have a lid. It is an old Everwear pan and now I use it for my laundry detergent and nothing else. This stuff is so strong, it discolored the pan. It would not affect stainless steal I don’t think.
1. grate 1/2 the bar of soap with a food grater into your pan. Add 6 cups warm water. Heat to a near boil and stir occasionally. Watch it because if it boils over, well, you will have a mess! 2. While the soap is melting, measure 16 cups of cold water into your bucket. 3. When the soap is melted into the water, add 1/2 cup washing soda, and 1/2 cup of borax to the hot mixture and stir until it is all dissolved. (I have learned NOT to use a wooden spoon as it seems to absorb the soapy mixture and leaves an aftertaste. Use plastic.) 4. Add the hot mixture to the cold water in the bucket. Stir. Let sit for 24 hours. I cover it with an old towel just to keep debris from possibly falling into it. While it is in this waiting stage, it congeals and you will wrinkle your nose and wonder about it. Don’t worry. It breaks up. 5. After the 24 hours, stir again to break up the mixture but if it is clumpy, that’s okay. Doesn’t hurt a thing. 6. Put into a container. I use an old gallon vinegar bottle or a gallon bottle from juice, even an old bleach bottle. The yeild is 1.5 gallons. This is the messiest part and if you have a funnel, that is a good thing! This is strong stuff so you need only 1/2 cup to a large load. If you use too much, the clothes will “grey” because it doesn’t rinse out well enough. I still add bleach to my whites and of course, don’t use it on anything that requires “delicate.” This soap does not have a foaming agent so you won’t have all the bubbles you expect from Tide.
The bar of soap is about a dollar. It makes 2 batches. The washing soda and borax will make many many batches. The pioneer woman in me leaps out everytime I make a batch. Debby lets me “cook” up detergent for her too. Let the “pioneer” come out in you and enjoy the clean aroma.
I am not an expert but if you have questions, please comment, then check the box, “follow comments” so that we can help each other.