We have been slowly trying to change the way we do things around here. We are attempting to become a little more self sufficient. A long (I mean long!) time ago we purchase a laundry soap kit from Lehmans. Since I had never attempted to make my own liquid laundry soap this was perfect. Well this kit was shoved from room to room and house to house. So yesterday my son and I decided to give it a try. Mainly because we were out of laundry soap.
The kit came in a very large bucket.
Inside the bucket was everything (I mean everything) you need to make the detergent.
So inside the bucket was... Borax, Washing Soda, 5 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, Large wooden spoon and a grater. As well as very detailed instructions on how to do this.
For one batch all you need is half of one bar grated up.
Next up we need to melt the grated soap in 4 cups of water over medium heat in a very large pan.
Stir from time to time so it doesn't scorch on the bottom. At this point it is not thick at all. Next we add 1/2 a cup of borax and 1/2 a cup of washing soda.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir until it is well mixed and the borax and washing soda is dissolved. Now into the bucket place 4 cups of hot water. Add the soap mixture and stir well. Now add 1 gallon (yes that is correct) plus 6 cups of water to the mixture. Stir again until it is well mixed.
It is really starting to look like laundry soap now. I am amazed at how simple this is! Only 4 ingredients as well. Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the bottle of detergent from the store??
Now put the lid back on the bucket and let it sit for at least 24 hours! Now after the amount of time of sitting quietly undisturbed it will be ready to use!