You can make your own laundry soap. My alchemist friend, Laurel, and I started making our own laundry soap last November. With my child and her three running around in the backgroud, we made our first batch in 20 minutes, for 5$ worth of ingredients from KTA, and it just ran out last week. So simple, so cheap, so liberating; making your own laundry soap feels like looking The Man straight in the eye and telling him to, um, go away.
Our recipe is off the Duggar Family website - those folks with 18 kids and another on the way. They make their own landry softener, dishsoap, and detergent. We figured if anyone has the laundry thing down it must be Mrs. Duggar. We were right; the soap works great even on my family's ripest clothes. No more plastic jugs we can't recycle either. I want to share laundry soap emancipation with the Western World.
I decided to start small. Yesturday, I hosted two workshops at our school to demonstrate making laundry soap. Both sessions were well attended and recieved, and a dad even showed up. Our society really is changing. We sipped tea, chatted, and made enough soap to send home everyone with samples and a copy of the recipe.
The procedure follows. Liberate yourself from Tide's tyranny. For 5$ and 20 minutes, you can join us in getting your clothes clean from soap made with your own hands. Together, we will take down The Man one step towards sustainability at a time.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine
4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax
- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
Krista Joan says:
My mission is to teach, train, and testify in resistance to the white supremacy of my ancestors. My personal choices are political, powerful, and practical. Let's trash waste.