I have messed around with my "recipe" for laundry soap... I started with the original recipe which is this...
1 bar of Fels-Naptha(or other bar soap)
1 cup of Washing Soda(Not Baking Soda) 3 Cups of Washing Soda(More is Better Right?)
3 Gallons of Hot Water 4Gallons plus some...
1 T of Essential Oil
Grate soap into a sauce pan with very hot water Not Boiling. Dissolve soap. Mix into 3-4 gallons of Hot Water then add Washing Soda.. I flip flopped this part and nothing Exploded! Promise!!Lol
Mix together well and add the table spoon of Essential Oil. I am going to try Lavender next time! Eucalyptus and Lavender are disinfectants so is Oregano but I really don't want my clothes smelling like Spaghetti sauce! lol
It says to mix it in a 5 gallon bucket but I used a big stock pot and poured it back into Laundry soap bottles...
Here is What I have changed.....
I grate the soap up in my Food Processor(Much easier). I no longer pour it back into laundry soap bottles.. because It kept getting a thick crusty layer that would rise to the top. It would be very liquidy(Is that a Word?) on the bottom... I use the 5 gallon bucket and a dipper.. I also had trouble with it not getting greasy stains out.. Basically it wasn't working on grease..So I had an idea.. Scary I know...
So here is the "New" recipe that is working for me..
1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap
3 Cups of Washing Soda(Not Baking Soda)
3 cups of Borax
2 cups of Original Dawn dish soap(it is biodegradable)
1 Gallon of very hot water plus 4 gallons...
1 tablespoon of Essential Oil(still prefer Eucalyptus!)
Grate the bar Soap with food processor. I then add blade to the food processor and chop it into tiny pieces that dissolve quicker.. I add a little washing soda to keep it from clumping together..
Then I add to almost boiling gallon of water in the 5 gallon bucket... Stir till soap is dissolved then start adding Washing soda and Borax. Add a little more hot tap water at a time till all powder and soap is dissolved.
Then add the 2 cups of Dish Soap and the Essential oil.. You still have a Biodegradable laundry soap that gets out greasy stains and smells good... Its also still much cheaper than Store bought Laundry soap!!
This is gel like but still scoop out and dissolves in cold water more easily than original recipe. Also doesn't get that thick crust the other one did.. Still needs stirred occasionally too..
On to other things..
Moses is using the recliner to bounce off of now. He is very active and funny! The girls are playing their new game... FARMOPOLY... Yes just like Monopoly just farm themed... Pretty cool.. Helps apply Math...
I am wading through auto insurance.. Or previous Insurance company kept going up for no reason, Switched to Esurance only to get an email 4 days later saying they can't cover Salvaged titled vehicles.. I just want Liability nothing more complicated than that.. So they transfer me to their company that would cover and they start asking for all sorts of irrelevant information.... So I am back to square one.. Esurance will cover us for 30 days though.. Oh Joy!!