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08/12/2010

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Michelle Lasley

Can't wait to hear more! :-)

Kristina

Really?!

Michelle Lasley

Yes really!!

Karen

I tried your laundry soap recipe, mixed it according to instrucitons with a paint mixer attached to a drill,and let it sit overnight. I checked it this afternoon, and it seems to have a jello-like layer on top that is white?? Is this normal? Do I have to mix it again, or it it OK that it is chunky?

Thanks for sharing this recipe...I am very excited about trying this soap out!

Kristina

That's exactly right! That's what mine looks like. It doesn't need to be an even consistency. I just dip from the pail with my measuring cup. Please careful of the open pail method if you have little people around! You could also pour it into gallon jugs.

Thanks for trying out the recipe. Let me know how you like it and remember, it's better to use too little than too much soap. Too much soap makes clothes stinky. In a top loader you'll know it's enough if the water feels a little silky. Good luck!

Jacquelyn

I wonder how cold our water really is here; I might check it sometime. I never really thought about cold water temperature until we moved here from central Oregon, where the water is basically melted snow directly off the mountains, and cold water from the tap is COLD! Here, the cold water feels tepid/lukewarm to me - we keep drinking water in the fridge because it just isn't refreshing from the tap. Point is, I betcha my cold water wash cycle is more effective here than it was in Bend. :P

Gretchen

Yeah - mine is kind of "clumpy" as well - the soap mixture seems to have separated out from the water/soda/borax mixture. If stirred prior to use, I assume it doesn't matter?

Kristina

It's totally fine to have 'chunky' soap. Commerical detergents have additives that help them assume a uniform color and consistency.

If it bothers you, you can stir the contents of your pail once again with an immersion blender, paint stirrer, or whisk. If you've poured your soap into a jug, just shake up the jug.

Kristina

Man, I'm a terrible blogger. Rather than give up, I'm going to eliminate the approval process for comments - it baffles me!

I'm sure you're right, Jaquelyn, about the water being warmer here than in Bend. It's also totally seasonally dependent.

We purchased a (used) front loader for our new house so I'm thrust back into laundry experimentation land. The water is hard so I'm adding extra borax to each load. I'm not sure if it's that or the new machine, but our clothes are so much softer ....

Erica Lurie

This is great information! I'm excited to use it both personally and pass it along to the customers of my boutique, Garnish. I hope to set up a Laundry class to take place in the shop... I'll be in touch.

Lucinda Karlic

My daughter and I both have newer washers that use he2 soap will your laundry soap work for use, also do you still use fabric softner or not....and can I use Dove soap? Thanks this is great

Kristina

Lucinda, if you're still out there, I'm so so sorry. I responded to your comment but it didn't publish. ( I have such a hard time with this)

Yes, if you use only the amount indicated it is fine for your machine. I use 1 oz only in my front loader.

No, I don't use fabric softener as I don't feel its necessary. Static cling is seldom a problem with natural fibers. We sometimes use lavender sachets during the wet months when we're using the dryer more.

Yes, I'm sure the Dove will work fine if that is what you have on hand. Its really a matter of preference. You could even save up the slibers of soap from your shower.

sharon walker

After making a 5 gal. batch of laundry soap, and letting in sit overnight in the house I find it's still as thin as it was after making it last night, no thickening. Do you have any idea what could be my issue? thanks!

Kristina

It is definitely not a problem, Sharon. It doesn't need to thicken to be effective. It usually (not always) does though and so when making a 5 gal batch we let it thicken and then mix or stir again before putting into individual containers so that everything is evenly disributed. I mix pretty well so mine never gets very thick either, definitely a liquid, not a gel, works great! I put it into gallon jugs and shake before each use.

Kristina

It is definitely not a problem, Sharon. It doesn't need to thicken to be effective. It usually (not always) does though and so when making a 5 gal batch we let it thicken and then mix or stir again before putting into individual containers so that everything is evenly disributed. I mix pretty well so mine never gets very thick either, definitely a liquid, not a gel, works great! I put it into gallon jugs and shake before each use.

sharon walker

Thank-you SO much for such a prompt reply! I'm planning to bottle for Christmas gifts and now I can. I am going to go start a load of laundry using my new homemade soap for the first time. Many thanks, sharon

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