Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Two-fer

For quite some time, I have wanted to make my own laundry soap.
  It is less expensive and not filled with chemicals that I don't want. 
Our orthopedic doctor has given me a list of  chemicals that will exacerbate acne for years.
Each time I have taken a kidnick in for sprains or breaks over the years he does this.
I think his wife was a dermatologist.
Laundry detergents were on the list because of pillowcases, towels and the like.
Makes sense, but I never did anything further.
Anyway...I digress.
I made one batch to try and have been using it without telling my family. 
What I have noticed is that the clothes off the clothesline are softer. 
 The fact that I only have to use 1 tablespoon of this is terrific as well. 
 I used the "recipe" that I found here
Sasha is often my go to girl and she seems like such a sweetie.
Anyway, rather than grating the soap, I thought I'd include Sugar Plum Fairy in a science experiment. 
 I am all about killing two birds with one stone.
We placed a bar on a plate, put it all in the microwave and"cooked" on high for about 2 minutes. 
 After 20-30 seconds, the bar changes and continues to grow into a mountain of fluff!
Apparently, Ivory is whipped and there are more air bubbles in this bar than other bars.
It also contains no dyes or heavy perfumes.
When the air heats, it expands created this fun pile.
Don't worry...she only had her face this close to the micro for a couple seconds before she was asked to stand back.
We ended up doing this three times in order to triple to laundry detergent recipe.
What I learned...plastic disposable plates melt a bit.
Turning off the turntable prior to starting the micro, keeps the soap from hitting the sides and door of micro.
AND...the added benefit is my microwave has never been more clean!
The fluff will deflate a bit as it cools and is too hot at first for little hands.
After a minute or so, the fun began. 

I had Sugar Plum Fairy break the soap apart and put in the blender.
  I added washing soda and Borax and blended for just a few seconds. until a consistent powder if formed.
Another thing I learned....after blending, wait until the dust settles before removing the lid.

I found this cool jar at Wal-Mart and it was made in the USA!
I stuck a tablespoon in the jar and am in love.
It seriously doesn't take much to make me happy.

1 bar of grated, shredded or pulverized Ivory Soap
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 Washing Soda
Mix all together and add 1 TBL to each load.

1 comment:

barb said...

I've made this in the past. I got the recipe from Mary Hunt (Everyday Cheapskate). She also has a liquid version that you might want to try sometime. You can find it here -->