So, yesterday I talked all about DIY room refreshers… today it’s all moved to the laundry room. Yeah, we went Little House on the Prairie and totally made our own laundry detergent.
Oh, I know it looks fancy.
David’s sister Judith (who, by the way, blogs over here) has been making her own soap for her family for a while now, and David got bitten by the bug. He ordered all the “ingredients” off of Amazon, and got to making the brew over the weekend.
The making-of process takes a full 24 hours. A low-stress, totally hands-off 24 hours.
- 1 bar natural soap (we used Dr. Bronner’s Lavender scent)
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup borax
- 5 gallons water (give or take)
- Large pot
- 5 gallon bucket (washed out!)
- Essential oils (we used Bergamot and Lavender!)
- We start at the kind-of weird beginning. Take a cheese grater and grate your bar of soap until it looks like parmesan cheese.
- Fill a large pot with water and boil. Add the soap a little at a time and boil until everything is dissolved.
- In the bucket, mix together 4 gallons of water, washing soda and borax. Stir until dissolved. Add the water/soap mixture, and stir until combined.
- Cover the bucket and set aside for at least 24 hours. The mixture will eventually solidify and combine, leaving you with soap!