I made laundry soap this morning and decided I'd try taking pictures of my work, both for the sake of having pictures for a tutorial and for the sake of trying to hone my meager photography skills. I've posted more of the pictures here and would love any input on the photography aspect of my project in the comments.
And now, on to the laundry soap!
I realize some of you already make your own laundry soap, but I thought a tutorial would be fun and hopefully helpful.
1 bar Fels Naptha (I have friends who use whatever soap is on sale, but my results increase exponentially with Fels Naptha, so anymore, I don't do subsitutes)
1 cup washing soda
1 cup Borax
Grate the Fels Naptha. If you have a food processor, I highly recommend using it. I use the fine grater on my Cuisinart.
I then pour the grated Fels into a bowl (isn't it gorgeous?!),
put the chopping blade in the processor and replace the Fels.
Pulsing with the chopping blade for a bit takes it from this:
which I think has to be faster to dissolve.
Add the borax and washing soda and mix:
Then transfer to jar, or whatever works for you. I personally love the look of my laundry soap, so I like to keep it in a glass jar.
I made a double batch, which fits easily in a half gallon jar. It's actually a little over 5 and half cups of soap. I use about 4t per load, so I get 65+ loads out of it. I need to use less now than I did before Jonathan installed the water softener, so if you have hard water, your loads/batch may vary.