Making concentrated homemade laundry soap
Today I was making my homemade laundry soap, and decided to try making it concentrated.
|Even though it only takes 15 or 20 minutes to make a batch of laundry soap, and a batch lasts for several months, I like the idea of a concentrated soap. After all, isn't everything that's sold in the store these days marketed as "concentrated"?!|
I started my batch of laundry soap and I doubled everything except the water.
I thought I was on my way to great success. My laundry soap looked just like "All Free and Clear" and smelled so fresh.
Of course, it was also boiling hot. I stirred it in the bucket as it cooled. And thickened. And thickened. And soon I had something that looked more like hand lotion than All Free and Clear.
Having read about others encountering the problem of slimey lumpy masses in their homemade laundry detergent, I decided to see if the soap would dissolve satisfactorily in cold water (because I don't use hot or even warm water for everything). The soap left floaties when mixed with cold water.
So I boiled some more water and stirred it into my soap. Making concentrated soap turned out to be twice the work (almost :D) and I still ended up with my regular laundry soap! I think I'm going to just follow the recipe next time. You know, in 10 months, when I finally use all this up.