Wednesday, March 9, 2011

More blocks and laundry soap recipe

Love three of the blocks and one not so much. I needed to pick a higher contrast fabrics for the second block. I have only 46 blocks left to do in this quilt!

I am trying this laundry recipe that I received in my hot process soap making class. I really like it. It is very inexpensive to make. I have $6 invested in the ingredients and it will make 6 or more gallons of laundry soap. It doesn't suds as much and leaves less residue in the discharge water. I love it. Here it is, just in case I lose my paper then it is easy to find here on my blog:

1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap (5.5 oz bar just like grandma used to get grass stains off my brothers baseball pants!)
1/2 cup of borax powder
1/2 cup of WASHING soda (NOT Baking soda big difference!)
1 tablespoon of essential oil (optional- I did 't use)
2 one gallon jugs (white vinegar jugs or old detergent jugs)

Grate the soap and put it in a large saucepan with 6 cups of water over medium heat. Heat the mixture until the soap melts.

Add the washing soda, borax, essential oil if desired
Stir constantly until all has dissolved. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

Using a funnel put half of the mixture in each one gallon jug. Fill each jug halfway with hot water and shake well. Continue to fill the jug to the top with hot water. Shake again, then put aside for 24 hours. This gels up and looks like egg whites.

Use 1/2 to 2/3 cup per load.


1 comment:

Alycia said...

Beautiful blocks. That very top one looks like it could be a string type block - I LOVE it!!