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I just made my first batch of laundry soap (fels naptha, washing soda, borax combo). After sitting for 24 hours, it didn't gel up like it should have. Instead, it serparated into liquid with a waxy, 1 inch top (kinda looks like how fat rises on soup when refrigerated). What did I do wrong? Can it be fixed by re-heating the batch? I thought I followed the directions exactly.
Ok, I fixed the batch, and now it's gelled nicely (I re-heated the whole batch and stired it every hour or so until it cooled). Here's the recipe:
1/3 bar fels naptha laundry soap - grated
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
Put fels naptha into a pan and add about 6 cups water. Heat, stiring constantly, until soap is melted. Stir in washing soda and borax. Continue stirring until dissolved. Fill a 2 gallon bucket with hot tap water. Add soap mixture and stir well to combine. As it cools it will turn into a gel. Use 1/2 cup per load of laundry.
I have some more specific intructions for it. The first time I made it it came out a little too watery and lumpy. After practice I have it down and it is a nice gel consistency.
Liquid Laundry Detergent
3 Pints Water
1/3 Bar Fels Naptha or Ivory Soap, Grated
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
4 Quarts + 1 Pint Boiling/Hot Water
optional: 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (or whatever EO you prefer)
optional: 10 drops Tea Tree Oil
Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 quart hot water to bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Add another 2 quarts boiling hot water and 1 additional quart plus 1 pint hot water and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.
I use cloth diapers on my two boys so I have a lot of laundry. I make up the detergent two batches at a time in a 5 gallon bucket. I love this stuff!
I started making natural laundry detergent in my home, but when I put it in the gallons it separated. What is the cause?
That's normal. You just shake it before using.
I made laundry soap, but when I put it in the bucket it separated how can I fix it?
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Just mix it before using.
I think giving it a solid shake will do the trick.
REHEAT AND STIR WELL.YOU MAY HAVE TO DO IT A COUPLE OF TIMES.
this may be just inherent in the product because fo the different viscosity and density of the materials used - just like with oil and vinegar they will always separate nd you always have to mix it beforehand, unless you purchase/add a binding agent
this is a very interesting post discussing the perils of 'home made laundry soap' naturesnurtureblog.com/
I am looking for DIY hacks to keep homemade liquid laundry soap from separating.
You have to gently shake the detergent before each use, as it does separate.
Keep it in a bottle with a good lid and shake it...I have not found a recipe yet that does not separate. It does not hurt anything. I look at the shaking part as exercise :)