I usually just grate up the soap and make a powdered laundry detergent using this recipe:
- 1 bar Zote Soap
- 1 bar Ivory Soap
- 3 cups Borax
- 3 cups Washing Soda
My last batch of laundry soap, I had found a recipe to use castille laundry soap, and I wanted to try to combine the two. So I made up this recipe:
- 1/4 cup liquid lavendar castille soap
- 1/3 bar Zote soap, fine grated
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
I liked this version. My clothes seemed to come out really clean, with a light lavendar smell, and soft.
But with both powedered versions, I did find that the soap didn't dissolve completely in cold washer loads. So I wanted to make a "liquid" version to see if that would help.
So yesterday I tried my hand at making a super concentrated version. I used a stove top sauce pan, a wire whisk, a plastic spoon, and a 2 gallon pickle bucket I heisted from Applebee's my last night as a manager (well cleaned and aired out of course).
My ingredients were:
- 1/2 cup liquid castille soap (optional)
- 1/2 bar Zote soap, fine grated
- 1/2 bar Ivory soap, fine grated
- 1 1/2 cup Borax
- 1 1/2 cup Washing soda
I filled the 2 gallon bucket half full with hot water, and measured in the Borax and Washing soda. Then I used the wire whisk to stir the water and till the borax and washing soda was dissolved. Then I poured in the melted soap and mixed again. I filled the bucket with more water to 3-4" from the top. Then I measured in the castille soap and stirred with the plastic spoon.
I let it sit on the counter to cool and gel. Every 30 minutes or so I would give it a good stir to help it gel evenly. After about 2 hours it had cooled almost completely and was almost solid. I stirred it one more time to break up the solid.
When I did my laundry yesterday I used 1/4 cup per washer load. My clothes come out clean, but they don't have the lavendar smell I was hoping they would from the castille soap. I think I may tweek my recipe by adding Lavendar essential oil drops.