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Make your own laundry soap or soap powder (UK)
Sat 19-Dec-09
1:42 pm
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JoannaS
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I seem to have an echo in here that's two lots of double postings I have done. Whoops! Must display a bit more patience SurprisedLaughLaugh

Sat 19-Dec-09
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You do seem to be echoey today, perhaps you should count to 25 before pressing the save button a second time.  Makes me smile though, I think of you as Joanna the Echo.Smile

I'll try that again!

Tue 22-Dec-09
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I think I have been more patient today. I think my kids would agree with you on the echo bit Toffeeapple but I somethow think they do not find it so amusing LaughLaughLaughLaugh

Tue 22-Dec-09
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No problem, Joanna. We understand

No problem, Joanna. We understand

No problem, Joanna. We understand

No problem, Joanna. We understand

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Tue 22-Dec-09
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I am always worried about trying to make anything that I could slightly mess up where chemicals are involved.  I find soap quite cheap, and it is always a toss up between cheap and being green…  I am so clumsy I would make a real hash of it I am sure

I agree with who ever said the law has changed, this is probably due to terrorism and using it for no good.   I can just imagine the terror police knocking my door down whilst I am in my skanky jim jams and a pinny or worse one of PB's old shirts worn backwards like you did at school.  very fetching and they would think I already was attempting to put a straight jacket on

Tue 22-Dec-09
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Danny
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We would love to know how to make really good soap at home. The type of bar soap that you could give as presents or use in the bath yourself.

It can't be that difficult, surely. We have seen market stalls and small stores that sell a wide range of home made soap types and fragrances.

Michelle - what you call laundry soap, we call soap suds or "washing powder" in the UK.

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Wed 23-Dec-09
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Michelle from Oregon
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Danny, thank you for the translation! That has been one of the fun things about spending time with you all on the forum, sometimes I have to puzzle through the terminology. Courgette was a fun one ("gee, I don't know, looks like a zucchini to me!")

I have been looking at lots of recipes for making soap, and have been told the best ones involve lye solutions. If borax isn't available in the UK is lye?

Here is a site I rambled across, probably a little better organized than others-

http://www.teachsoap.com/

Maybe a new thread topic? Anyone out there that would be willing to start that one?

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Fri 25-Dec-09
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hi my recipe is i bar of grated soap (here is aus it is sunlight or velvet etc)

1 cup of washing soda (the crystal form)1

1cup of bi-carb - I have septic tank and grey water system and borax is not good for either of these plus it's not a green cleanerso I leave it out of my mix

you can either leave it as a powder or pour in a couple o litres of hot water and leave to cool then fill up 10 ltr bucket of cold.  it will set but sometimes you do need to give it a stir.  it doesn't froth up so those who like suds in their washing might not like it, but it still gets things clean

Tue 2-Feb-10
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I have just made another batch to Michelle's recipe and am coming to the end of the borax sub so I will try the bicarb version next time.

I love this laundry soap, cheap, works well, easy to make and the clothes smell lovely and fresh.  Not that awful artificial scent that gets added to everything.  The thought of a perfume that lingers for days is anathema to me Monster

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I'm going to try the laundry soap today! Looks great, and I worked out it will only cost 54 pence for the batch (I think that will work out to about a pence a load!)

I make my own bar soap so I didn't count that in the expense.

Making your own bar soap is really easy - you just have to measure carefully and follow instructions - you need to use lye (you can buy it at Boots or at Wilkenson's). This is a great site: http://www.millersoap.com if you want to try it out. I find the homemade soap is much better for my skin - and it's really fun to make. We give it away as gifts as well. The only thing is that I won't use palm oil (deforestation/environment concerns) so my soap doesn't suds up as much as I'd like.

Sat 6-Feb-10
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Grapecat, would you let me know how it goes using a homemade bar soap? I've been very curious how well it would work.

And just a reminder, true soap doesn't make many suds, its the detergent that does. That doesn't mean it doesn't clean any less, it just doesn't foam up.

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Sat 6-Feb-10
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Danny
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That's a useful bit of info about foaming, Michelle, and a good link, Grapecat.

Fiona bought Martha Stewart's book of crafts today and she may try the MS soap method for the gateside stand. Either way, it is something I am really interested in (bar soap). I was stunned to find a small store  just off the market square in Norwich that sold nothing but home made soap. I didn't try it at the time and sort of sorry now because I wonder what it is like to use.

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Mon 22-Feb-10
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Suz
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The bath & beauty forum of Craftster might provide some additional info about "bar soap" to round out the Martha Stewart stuff. In particular the 'soap making tutorial' thread.... It's also a useful site if you're a make-it-yourself type of person...

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=21.0

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Wed 3-Mar-10
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I finally made the soap!! It works great with homemade soap - seems to get everything clean. We made a half batch because we don't have too much room. and NO ITCHING!! Yippee.

Thanks for the tips!

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That's a fantastic result, Grapecat. Magic

Thanks for reporting back.

Did you do anything different? Or which method did you follow?

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