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Make your own laundry soap or soap powder (UK)
Thu 4-Mar-10
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grapecat
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I followed the first recipe in the thread - didn't seem like much soap or borax or soda, but it seems to be working just fine. I had a few bars of the first batch of hard soap i made that were a little funny looking (it's considerably harder to cut soap into straight bars than you would imagine) so I used those.

The final result looks like thick-ish milk. I did put in what seemed like loads of lavender and cedar essential oils, and although the soap certainly smells, our clothes don't really. How much do you need to add?

Fri 5-Mar-10
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Michelle from Oregon
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Grapecat, I use 1/2 cup of soap for a large load of laundry. That seems to be plenty. You may want to start there and adjust it as need be. The drum of my washing machine may not be the same size as yours, so take that into consideration.

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Fri 5-Mar-10
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Normal size drums in America I think take around 12-15kg but in the UK around 7-8kg and in Latvia around 3-6kg (small ones for apartments) RunAway

Fri 5-Mar-10
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My machine, which is about 6 years old, takes 4.5kg. That is more than the one it replaced, so it depends on the age of the machine, too. My American sister-in-law was surprised how small my machine was!

Fri 5-Mar-10
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I was absolutely gobsmacked when we went to live in America for two years and found out how humungous the machines were and what vast quantitites of water the top loaders used which were the most common type of machine. Anyway I guess that is a little off track Wink

Sat 6-Mar-10
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Michelle from Oregon
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LOL Joanna, thats exactly why I brought that up.

I watch BBC America fairly regularly, and I was shocked when I would see glimpses of British (european?) washing machines! It made me wonder how anyone got any washing done for a family of 4, you'd be at it all day.

Just for the record, I do have a front load, high effiecency machine, so it does lots of clothes, but with very little water.

And Joanna, thank you for acting as my British/European interpreter, you have saved a lot of head scraching for folks, especally me!

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Sun 7-Mar-10
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You should have seen the head scratching I had to do in America, everyone assumed I wouldn't need an interpretation of what everything was - I had less problems in Denmark, at least I could recognise the products even if I didn't understand the wording.

Sun 7-Mar-10
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Yes Michelle. Constant washing!

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Mon 15-Mar-10
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Just to join in this soapy thing .... I would really like to attempt this, too.

Can anyone tell me - some of the ingredients (borax or washing soda) - are they likely to cause skin irritations, at all?

In these recipes, is it crucial to use a certain type of soap? I have seen in other recipes, the phrase, 'castile soap', can anyone explain what that is, and where I can buy it?

I feel such a dummy, but until this thread, I hadn't realised it was possible to make it - oh I must lead a very sheltered life Big_Laugh !

Michelle, you make it sound so easy !

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Mon 15-Mar-10
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I think Castile soap is made from olive oil and comes from Castile in Spain.

There is a fairly good reasonably priced brand in the UK called 'Knights Castile' that I have purchased on E-bay before but, have not done so recently so you would have to check.

As far as skin irritations are concerned, I never had any and neither did my family but,again, it would depend on your skin type.

You could always make up a small 'trial batch' and see how you get on.

Hope this helps Smile

Mon 15-Mar-10
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Oh I grew up with Knights Castille.  It was my mum's favourite soap.. Thanks Heidi for the wonderful memories your post has evoked.  And welcome to the forum.    Champagne     You will love it - lots of info and lots of fun. Smile

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Tue 16-Mar-10
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Michelle from Oregon
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Brightspark , please give it a try, it is easy, I promise! I can make a batch and have it in bottles for storage in about 20 minutes.

I did go back to the original recipe that I adapted from another blog, and I did remember that the original author used a bar of body soap to make his laundry soap. I wasn't convinced that it was a good idea, since a lot of body soaps have lotions and softeners for skin, and how would my clothes hold up? The replies on the blog lean toward no bad effects, but I think i'd rather use a bar laundry soap as the base.

Also, another part of the conversation on the thread was how people that had skin problems were seeing the problems ease up. I guess that the perfumes and dyes in regular detergent were irritating to their skin and they hadn't realized it.

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Thu 22-Sep-11
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Not soap powder, but hand soap.

 

I don't actually make it from scratch but I save myself a lot of money this way.

For shower soap or other places , I grate up about a third of a bar of soap, any kind, (for the kitchen I use plain, unscented soap) put some water in it and let it stand for a while until it is soft. Then I melt it slowly in a pan on the stove. Michelle's hand mixer idea sounds like it would work – I'll try it next time. I let it get cold. it turns into a kind of soap blancmange! Then I stir it up a bit, maybe add a bit more water and put into pump bottles. I put marbles in the bottom of the pump bottles. Firstly it makes the bottle heavy so it doesn't fall over when it's getting empty, and secondly, as the soap sometimes solidifies a bit, it is great for shaking it up.

 

It takes hardly any time to do! I have never had mould problems.

Thu 1-Dec-11
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Can I resurrect this thread please?

When I first read Michelles recipe for laundry soap I didn't really take it in properly and thought she was making a bar of soap. Was only reading on I realised it was for washing machines (doh)!

Anyway, I have a Bosch front loader and it often smells horrible. I have tried everything to get rid of smell " including using bleach etc which I didn't want to do but repair man said to try it. Whilst I havent noticed the odour contaminating my clothes I am concerned it might do so would be really interested in giving the home made laundry soap a go if you think that would help (am little bit worried that its the way the pipes sit on front loaders that causes the smells tho " as think stagnant water collects in them).

So, is the recipe still the same or has anyone any updates? What bar of soap do you suggest I start with and if you use your stick blender for this job can it still be used for blending soups etc after surprised sounds silly question I know, but would it smell soapy or worse would it knacker the motor? Ooh, sorry, another question¦.when you say add 3 gallons water " is that hot water or cold.

Cheers for any help, I have a grandson with very sensitive skin and was wondering if this might help him as well so thought I would give it a go now the jam production line is slowing down smile

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Thu 1-Dec-11
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Why don't you use white vinegar in the final rinse, that gets rid of smells. It deals with my hubby's cycling stuff and that is saying a lot!eeek Also you can put bicarb into the wash

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