Sunday, 13 January 2008

Soap Mix

It's Soap Mix Making Day
We make up a liquid soap mix for washing clothes
Don't expect the whitest of white results but it's fine for general everyday stuff.
There are many recipes around in fact 10 on this link but here's one we use without borax because our washing water goes (via this setup here) on to the fruit trees in the garden and borax isn't garden/soil friendly.

1/2 a block of plain (pure) Laundry soap...grated
1/2 cup of Washing soda which sodium carbonate (not carb soda which is sodium bi-carbonate).
1/2 cup of white vinegar (elcheapo is fine)
1 titre warm water
41/2 litres hot water
4 litres cold water
1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil (or you can use 1/2 teaspoon of Ti Tree Oil, or lavender essential oil)

Boil the soap in the warm water then remove from heat and add the soda crystals and stir to dissolve.
Add the vinegar (tends to fizz a bit so make sure you have left room)
Add this to the hot water in a bucket and add the cold water and stir to combine. I mix this in the bath tub to catch spills.

Pour off into 2 litre bottles and use child proof caps if you've got kids around. We re-use old bleach bottles that usually come with these caps.
In cold weather this tends to set to quite a thick gel so be aware of that. We used to store it in a tight lidded nappy bucket and scooped it out.

I only use about a cupful per wash load...I have never tried it in a front loading machine but it doesn't froth up so may work.
I also fill the rinse container in the washing machine with vinegar to stop scum building up in the machine and to rinse the soap out well.

As always with new stuff test it out first
and don't use it if you have a reaction to it.


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