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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.


oooooooh! i haven't heard of this!

what's your normal recipe? i have the new baby coming any day, is this good for sensitive skin issues with newborns? please, do tell all!

Tammy's picture

Laundry Detergent

Here's the recipe! I've only been using this soap for a few months. I make mine fragrance-free (and of course, it's color-free, too) and I think it's great for baby stuff, just don't use too much, like with any other soap. It rinses easily, though, especially compared to commercial detergents! :)

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