Yeah it's been a while. I'm pregnant so I took a little break. Any who...
I've made our own laundry soap for about 5 years now. My daughter has very sensitive dry skin, and when she was born instead of buying one version for her (scent free/dye free) and another for us (Tide/Gain etc.) I decided to look into making it myself.
The first recipe I tried was a powder formula. 1 part grated soap, 1 part borax, 1 part washing soda. It wasn't too bad, but I was always paranoid about it dissolving in the washing machine, and/or leaving a soap stain residue on my clothes. After it happened a few times and favorite articles of clothing were ruined, it was time to move on.
this lady's formula. It shows how to basically take the same recipe as mentioned above, and make it into a gel formula. Something more familiar to me. When I did purchase detergent I had always used liquid types that you buy at the grocery store. It worked better than the powder, and you use a half cup at a time. But I had a few issues with it. #1 it takes 24 hours to set up...
#2 I would make the recipe the exact same every time, and yet it seemed from batch to batch the results would be different. Sometimes it would harden too much into a gel where it was really solid. Sometimes the soap mixture would form this odd soapy ball and the water would be separated from it. So I'd have to spoon mix it for a few minutes every time I wanted to use it.
#3 You make the mixture 2 gallons at a time in one bucket, so I had this huge ugly black bucket of laundry soap sitting on my dryer at all times. Not quite the laundry room you want people to walk through.
#4 Occasionally it would still leave soap stains. I found myself buying a really small bottle of the green formulas from the store for my nice clothes, and then using the gel formula for other things like towels and what not. Thus defeating the purpose to begin with to make it myself and save money.
A few weeks ago a friend pinned this recipe: Mom's Super Laundry Sauce.
I was willing to try it. It wasn't a gel, it's like whipped butter. Plus it stores for up to a year. You can make it in batches as small as 4 quarts, and you just store it in 2 mason jars. It's easy to double, and you only use 1 tablespoon at a time. I decided to give it a go. I had all the ingredients on hand. And it sets up in 4 hours, not 24. Here's my review:
Her tutorial is really good. I felt like I knew what to do each step of the way. I love when there are pictures for each step. When I made it I doubled it. Cause why not really? The 4 jars could easily be stored in the cabinets in the laundry room. You can use it in any type of washing machine. Although I just have the old school top load kind. When I turned them upside down to separate, the soap part and the water started doing their thing almost immediately. I don't own a blender so I borrowed a friends. Her style of blender doesn't have the capability of unscrewing the bottom to attach to the jar. Like shown:
Plus my soap got rally hard in the jar. Not sure what all that was about. So I had to really scrape the inside of the mason jar to get it to come out. Once in the blender it only takes about a minute to whip up. And the best way I can describe the texture is like a soft stick of butter. It was a super big mess trying to get it from the blender back into the jar, but that's fine. I've done 6 loads of laundry since making it, and not one single sign of soap residue. It even took out red candy residue that mysteriously showed up on my daughters sheets. hmmm.
It's $1.78 per batch, and makes 128 loads of laundry. I think this one is finally a keeper. I might have to go out a buy a $20 blender just so I can make this. It's worth the cost to me. Especially if you consider the savings compared to buying detergent in the store. Love this and loved how quickly-comparatively- it was ready. Glad I tried it.But seriously what's up with the name? It'd odd.