Don’t be scared. The Damsel isn’t going to force you to make soap out of lard and ashes like in the olden days. Come on, it won’t be so bad.
The Damsel got this recipe from Christy Monson, a writing friend. (Contact info below) The Damsel would like to say that Christy is a tidy person with exceptionally clean clothes. In case you were wondering.
1 bar Fels Naptha soap
1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax
A kettle, a grater, a long spoon, a 5 gallon bucket
Grate the soap into a kettle. You’ll feel strange grating not-food, but press forward. Little chunkies are okay.
Add 10 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.
Add washing soda and Borax. Stir until it is dissolved. Remove from the heat.
Go thou, and get the 5 gallon bucket. Pour six cups of hot water into the bucket, then the soap mixture, and stir. Now lug the thing to the Place Your Washing Machine Lives.
Add 2 gallons of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.
Use 1/2 – 1 cup for each wash load. You’ll need to stir it before each use since it congeals. Don’t fear the gooberyness.
This laundry soap smells nice (“Clean” and “Soapy”) this way, but you can add 2 oz of essential oil to the soap if you want. Put the fragrance in after the mixture is completely cooled. The soap is low sudsing, so it should be safe for use in front loaders. Or even washboards.
Why in the world would you make your own laundry soap? Well, it’s cheap. $2-3.00 for each 5 gallon bucket, and that’s a lot of laundry soap. Plus, you know exactly what’s in it. No dyes, no perfumes except what you might add yourself. And you have the satisfaction of knowing how to do something yourself that’s actually pretty important.
You can find Christy Monson:
Every Saturday at Prophets in Person for unique stories about the lives of pioneer prophets.
Daily at Connections for a quick daily thought or scripture to keep your day positive and peaceful.
Every Monday at Paper and Parchment for tips and quirky insights into the life of a crazy writer.