Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Laundry Soap 101

This was a strangely stressful experience that turnned out to be no more difficult than making potato salad, though i highly recommed you NOT eat this project! 

And here it is.. step by step...

1: grate half a block of Zote soap. I really didn't enjoy this part. I found that the fine dust produced by this action irritated my sinus' and it has a very strong fragrance... almost *gasps* suffocates! The zester side worked best!

2: melt soap in 4 cups water over med/low heat, til all the little bits of soap are gone and you are left with a fragrant soapy syrup... like this... *gasp* then fill a 5 gallon bucket 1/2 way with hot water and dump it in..

3: The next thing is like adding mayo and onion to the potatos, but instead its 1 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax to the pink, suffocating, soapy water, and stir stir stir it up.

4: Just fill it up with water, wait 24 hours and -Viola! Laundry Soap! (this is the Duggars' recipe... you can read more about it here. It makes a LOT!)

Thanks Cori for the inspiration and help with recipes, and thanks Gwen for the motivational peptalk and finding the soda! I'm counting down for 24 hours to start using it!!!! 


Charis & Judah's Mom said...

So where did you ultimately find the soda? I knew it had to be near you somewhere...

Onna said...

Hi Cori, I ended up getting it at the local (Harbison blvd) Publix and have heard that it's at other locations too! Thanks for the well wishes and advice! Love yall!