Homemade Laundry Soap Advice

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My friend and I tried a laundry soap recipe, I found on this site, the other night. We made three different kinds: Baby soap (made with J&J baby soap bar), Oatmeal (made with homemade oatmeal, milk, & honey soap, I made before Christmas), and Coast. We decided that since we were making several different kinds, we would make smaller batches (1 gallon of Baby, 1 of Oatmeal, and 2 of the Coast).
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The oatmeal came out just fine. It's a little thicker than water, and it's about the same thickness as store bought detergent. The baby soap and the Coast came out very, very thick. Instead of pouring out of the containers, it comes out in big blobs.

My question is, is that the way it is supposed to be (extra thick and goopy) or is it wrong? If it's wrong, could it be the soap that we used? Thanks in advance for any information.

Keena

Answers:
Homemade Laundry Soap Advice 01/19/2005
I thought the laundry soap was supposed to be made specifically with Fels Naphta soap. Fels Naptha is a bar laundry soap that can be used like a "Shout" stick to treat stains (you wet the soap bar first) or in "olden" days was simply grated into a wash tub or wringer washer. I don't think commercial skin soaps would work the same. And personally, I would not want oatmeal going through my washing machine. What you made sounds like liquid soaps for skin use..But I still wouldn't use a liquid soap made with washing soda on my skin...
By rabbithorns
Homemade Laundry Soap Advice 01/19/2005
I have used fels naphta and Ivory, depending on how much water you added when you made the recipe, it could clump together. It really doesn't hurt anything at all. If you want, add a bit more water and stir or shake it. It will really make your clothes soft.

Try foil in the dryer, too. That cuts down on static cling :-)

Vinegar in the rince cycle makes clothes very soft.

By lisa M (Guest Post)
Hand Soap 01/19/2005
I made it with hotel soaps (business travelers in the family). It came out gelatinous, but does a fine job for hand soap. It lasts a long time compared to the gallon soft soap.
By Mari (Guest Post)
Homemade Laundry Soap Advice 01/25/2005
Why would you use oatmeal in your laundry soap? Sounds like a sticky mess to me. The other recipes sound okay.
By Mary (Guest Post)
Homemade Laundry Soap Advice 03/16/2005
Try mixing it up in a blender and if it needs a little more water you will know. Homemade detergents also need to be shaken well before using. Also I have never heard of the oatmeal one.
By smathis123
Homemade Laundry Soap Advice 01/20/2006
I make homemade laundry soap with soap chips from regular bar bath soap and it does get a lumpy gel. I keep an old electric mixer that is used only for the soap for a quick mix before each use. I think the oatmeal, milk, & honey would be a great idea for someone with sensitive skin and or skin allergies.
By Melinda (Guest Post)
Homemade Laundry Soap Advice 01/21/2006
Homemade laundry detergents can be made with any type of bar soap. Fels Naptha is typically used because it is a laundry bar. It is also unavailable in many areas, and may be substituted with another laundry bar, like Zote, if desired. I save leftover slivers of any type of bar soap we use in the shower/tub. When I make homemade detergent, I make a double batch, and mix the leftover bar soap with grated laundry soap (fels/zote). It cleans just as well, and I get to use up all my scraps instead of throwing them away.

Since homemade detergent isn't really "detergent," but laundry "soap," it is extremely gentle on sensitive skin. Making it with oatmeal soap sounds a little eccentric to me, as it is so diluted, there really isn't much of the original bar soap's scent left in it. Just use any regular soap and add scents if you want something that smells good. But remember, most people make this to save money, and adding stuff to it will add to the initial cost.

The thickness will vary according to the type of soap used (the amount and kind of setting agent used to make the original soap bar), how much water you added to the recipe, and how much you stirred the recipe. Personally, I just allow mine to set and turn into a large soft block in a covered bucket, then scoop out the amount needed for a load of laundry. If homemade bar soaps are used instead of store-bought (the soap will not have thickening agents in them that the commercial soap bars do), the homemade laundry detergent will be liquid.

By susanmajp
Homemade Laundry Soap Advice 02/19/2006
I make liquid soaps. For hand soap and such I use 100% coconut oil and potassium hydroxide for saponification. I use 1lb of this soap paste, 1cup of borax and 1cup of sodium carbonate(washing soda). Mixed with 6 pints of water which makes a gallon of concentrate that requires 1/4 cup of soap to a medium to large load. I fragrance it with lavender and orange essential oils.

All totalled the gallon of concentrate costs about $2.25 and it is a much better product. (it could be cheaper if I didn't use essential oils for fragrance).

It is amazing how brite my clothes have become since moving away from commercial soaps which use fillers to make you think your getting more for your money. When in fact these fillers are the reason your clothes look dull and then your go out and buy other products for brighteners.

By Joe (Guest Post)

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