Making your own Laundry soap is easy, fun, and economical. You
can make your own laundry soap with a few simple ingredients from the grocery store. Just follow the steps carefully and measure accurately.
Prepare the soap mold, you can use a wooden soap mold, a new, small kitty litter pan, or a piece of PVC pipe
with an end cap. Some people even use Pringles cans. If you use a wooden mold or kitty litter pan , simply
put a garbage bag over it to protect the wood and make soap removal easier.
2) Measure 16oz of distilled water into your large Pyrex measuring cup. Using distilled water insures that the lye will not have an unpredictable reaction to tap water.
3) Put on your rubber gloves. Carefully measure the 6.4oz of lye, using the diet scale. Be careful not to get any on your skin or anywhere else. It can burn you very quickly. If you do get it on your skin rinse with vinegar immediately, do not use water.
4) Slowly mix the lye into the water stirring with a stainless steel utensil. This makes a few fumes so you might want to open a window or turn on a fan. The fumes only stick around for a min or so. After the lye and water are dissolved the lye solution will be very very hot. Put it in a safe place to cool slightly.
5) Transfer contents of 48 oz can of vegetable shortening to the stainless steel pot. Melt over low heat until just
melted. You want the temperature to be about 100 degrees. If it is too hot let it cool until it is the right temperature.
6) When the temperature of both the lye solution and the melted vegetable shortening is about 100 degrees slowly mix the lye solution into the oil. Blend with a stick blender until the mixture looks like pudding that is
just starting to get thick.
7) Add 2oz of fragrance oil made specifically for soap if you want fragrance.
8) Quickly pour soap into the prepared mold. Insulate the mold with something flat like a cookie sheet to covert he top,or a lid if you are using PVC. Allow to set up for 24 hours. This is raw soap and your skin wont like it if you get some on you. So be careful.
9) After 24 hours the soap should be hard. Put on disposable gloves and unmold the new soap. Cut it
into 10-12 bars, and let cure for 2 weeks or so. You could use it sooner, for laundry, but it will be soft. If you intend to use this for anything else, like hands or face, do not use it for 4-6 weeks after you cut it.
10) After the soap has cured, grate 1 bar with the cheese grater and mix the resulting shreds with 1 cup
of Borax and 1 cup of Baking Soda or Washing Soda.
11) Do your laundry as normal, place 1/4 cup of the soap, Borax, and baking soda mixture into the machine
while it is filling, then add clothes.
12) During final rinse add 1/2 cup white vinegar, this works as a fabric softener and removes any soap
residue. You can use a downy ball for this step as well.
13) Enjoy fresh smelling, clean, and chemical free clothes that cost less to wash.