You fill your containers only half way full of the soap solution and then fill the rest with water.I just read though this recipe again preparing for a new batch of homemade laundry detergent and I wanted to try this recipe, anyway, this might be a stupid question and maybe I'm just reading it wrong but how can the liquid soap recipe that is made in a 5 gallon bukcket yield 10 gallons?
That's a good idea about heating it in the microwave. I experienced the same thing with arm giving out while grating the bar Ivory soap I use in place of the fels-naptha. So I just put it through the food processor and that works well for me.first, my arm gave out half way through grating the fels-naptha... so i heated it in the microwave for about 15 to 30 seconds and it was warm and soft. it grated like a dream.
secondly, i decided to make the powdered version (to save on lifting and storage space). when i mixed all the ingredients the grated soap seemed to stay on top. i couldn't picture getting an even mix of the three ingredients. i had mixed it in a large, tall pickle jar. i then attacked it with my hand blender. i blended all sides of the jar. this turned my mixture into an even powdery consistency. it is staying uniformly mixed now. hope that helps!
None that I'm aware of. I chose to use the Ivory instead of the Fels Naptha because I have extremely sensitive skin. And I'm very satisfied with the way the Ivory works. I figure as long as it's soap, it probably doesn't matter all that much.....kind of like how there are several different varieties of laundry soaps on the store shelves, kwim?never thought about using an Ivory soap bar. Any reason why using Fels Naptha would be that much better?
Fels Naptha used to contain Naptha (a great cleaning chemical) but it has been removed because it's a nerve toxin. Fels Naptha DOES contain petrochemicals because it's also designed to be used on clothes, rather than as a bath bar. Those petrochemicals contribute some surfactants for doing laundry. I'd suggest ZOTE instead of Fels Naptha because it contains optical brighteners to help keep your whites looking white, and it's a lot less expensive than Fels Naptha. ZOTE is also designed to be used on laundry.never thought about using an Ivory soap bar. Any reason why using Fels Naptha would be that much better?
Use bluing. Bright white clothes actually have blue dye in them. The more you wash the clothes, the more you wash the blue dye out. You can buy bluing in the laundry area. I usually have to look for it. It is in a small blue bottle and is usually way up high or way down low. I use a few drops in the softener dispenser. Don't put it directly on the clothes or use a lot because it will stain.Is anyone having an issue with keeping 100% cotton white garments bright? I don't think this soap is to blame as I had this issue when I used Tide as well. Any tips on how to keep white clothes bright?
1. Do you wash your whites in cold water?Is anyone having an issue with keeping 100% cotton white garments bright? I don't think this soap is to blame as I had this issue when I used Tide as well. Any tips on how to keep white clothes bright?