So, I know this has nothing to do with cooking...but several people have asked for the recipe, and it does involve a pan and the stove...so I figured I would blog about it...
I know some people may shy away from the idea, but it is relatively simple and it goes a long way... It only takes me 20-25 minutes to make 2 Gallons. You will however need 1-2 sturdy rubbermaid Gallon jugs that have a good snap lid.
A kind friend of mine gave me this recipe, so I give no credit to myself... but it goes to M. Lee :)
Your cast of characters are the following :)
-Fels-Naptha Laundry soap bar You can usually find this at your local grocers in the laundry isle, but you wont find this in wal-mart.
*Note- you can use alternative soap such as ivory, as long as it is not a high- lotion soap it will work fine.
-Borax You can find that almost anywhere.
-Arm & Hammer WASHING SODA Make sure it is not baking soda...that could be bad...
-A Grater, or you can use a knife...but that takes longer in my opinion...
AND LAST BUT DEFINATELY NOT LEAST:
Divide the soap bar into 6 pieces... Or if you are going to make 2 gallons at a time like me, just cut it in three pieces.
You are going to grate, (or if you have the patience, chop) 1/6 or 1/3 of the bar depending on how much you want to make.
You just want the pieces to be pretty tiny....
See what I mean?
The reason you are doing this is because you are going to be melting this soap in hot boiling water.
If you have big chunks of soap to melt it takes
FOREVER... no joke....
But this way it will melt in a matter of minutes.
In a medium- large pan you will want to put 4-6 cups of water. Bring your water to a boil.
Add the soap and let it melt, keep stirring to make sure its not sticking at the bottom of your pan
You want to melt the soap until ALL clumps are gone...very smooth is key :)
Now we are going to measure out our borax and our washing soda...
If you are only making 1 gallon the measurements are as follows:
1/2 cup of borax & 1/2 cup of washing soda.
If you are making 2 gallons, simply double it.
Make sure you turn your heat down slightly before you add this, it will boil over if you dont... and it does this quickly... so make sure you've turned it down... Melt completely :) No clumps!
Now you need to prepare your containers...
Place them in your sink, so that if while pouring your mixture you spill it, it doesn't go anywhere... :)
If you have a funnel now would be a great time to make use of it :)
Evenly divide the soap concentrate into the two containers, or if you're only making one gallon just pour it all in...
* Please be careful not to burn yourself :)
It's kinda like a coke how it foams up and you have to wait to fill again... But you want to fill it to the top, you worked for that $0.69 gallon!
Let it cool before you mess with it...
You really only have to use about 1/4 a cup per load :)
Oh, and if you want extra scent (you don't need it really) you can buy some for like $2 at a craft store...its in the soap isle and its for soap making...
Let this sit for 24 hours before you use it...
Oh, and don't freak out when you see it and it looks like its been freakishly replaced with some other substance....it has only separated. It's supposed to do that... :)
Every time you use your soap, just give it a good shake. Make sure the lid is snapped shut, I have found that if it isn't, it will go all over your wall when you shake it ... ;)
You can do it :)