Laundry Soap Recipe

This is the laundry soap recipe, with a reused scoop from Andy's protein drink, stored in a yogurt quart container.
The laundry soap recipe makes a crumbly powdered laundry soap

There are many DIY (do it yourself) laundry soap recipes out there. They require a lot of effort to make, resulting in a satisfactory, yet not perfect, homemade laundry soap, that doesn't clean as well as you would like, but you use it anyway because it's better than detergent. I know about this, because I made an imperfect homemade laundry soap recipe and used it for years.

Here's a little of my laundry soap history:

Ithaca Soap's organic coconut oil based liquid Castile soap was packaged in plastic bottles for 15 years. I was never a fan of plastic bottles, but I loved our liquid soap. Over the years, I brainstormed, researched, and made crazy plastic substitute prototypes, to see if we could sell our liquid soap without the bottle. Glass was out of the question because of breakage and ship weight issues.

One day it dawned on me to make the Instant Liquid Soap. It is the same liquid Castile soap, only packaged dry. You dilute it in the compostable package, and decant it into your own soap dispenser.

Now, the laundry soap recipe is easy to make, has an unlimited shelf life, works well in your home washing machine or in a laundromat industrial machine, giving you consistently clean clothes that smell great and feel soft. This homemade laundry soap recipe is dry and concentrated, and you put a small scoop in your washing machine. Make laundry soap at home like a pro.

This is my coveralls suit and knit hat, that I wear when I clean my chicken coop. Andy built me a state of the art solar clothes dryer

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Laundry soap vs detergent

Laundry soap vs detergent is like organic filet mignon vs a fast food hamburger. One is a premium cut of meat with a lot of nutrition and the other is a food like substance.

It's like that with laundry soap vs detergent. 

Laundry Soap

Laundry soap is an old fashioned lye and oil soap, specifically formulated for textiles. The formula opens the fibers, lifts out all of the excess oils, dirt and grime, and then closes the cleaned fibers back up. Like other natural soaps, laundry soap, will biodegrade as it is flushed through your washing machine and back into the water supply, through your septic or sewer. Since the fibers are not broken down, I almost never have to clean out my washing machine's filters. The lint filter gets cleaned maybe every 3-5 years. The fibers stay intact and most of my clothes last a life time. Andy is much harder on his clothes. His work tee shirts last forever. His pants get worn out faster, but  they still last quite a few years.


Detergent

Detergent is a soap like substance, to make the user think it's soap.  Laundry detergent is a combination of foaming surfactant powders and or liquids, creating a cleaning solution that breaks down your fibers, along with the breakdown of excess dirt and debris. The broken down fibers (natural and synthetic), along with the chemical surfactants, make their way into your washing machine's filters, eventually making their way into the water supply. This clutters up septics and sewers, adding to the overwhelming overload of micro plastics polluting all waterways on the way to the oceans.



That's me hanging my fancy dress laundry to dry

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Soap and water kill germs, while cleaning you

Good bar soap is an essential as a whole body soap wash. It's economical, luxurious, and effective. When selecting a bar of soap, look for simple ingredients with pleasing essential oil aromas and lots of sudsy lather. Sudsing all the way down to a sliver, over 3-4 months of daily use, is key in good bar soap. Try Ithaca Soap   

Laundry Soap Recipe

For the best results, use Ithaca Soap's Instant Liquid Soap. This is not difficult. It is simply a precise formulation. 

Collect all of the ingredients and tools before getting started.

Laundry Soap Recipe Ingredients:

1 bag of Instant Liquid soap

1.5 oz.  (42g) washing soda (aka soda ash)

8 oz. (228 g) citric acid

Tools:

1 dry container. You can use anything. Yogurt containers, glass jars. Whatever you have. I keep a small plastic scoop in it.

Plastic or rubber gloves

goggles (I prefer them, but you don't need them)

2 butter knives or a pastry knife

A large mixing bowl.

Laundry Soap Recipe Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients with the 2 butter knives or pastry knife as if you were creaming butter and flour. Do this until the mixture is uniform. Place in your storage containers and cover to keep out moisture. Store in a dry dark place. There is no expiration date. 

Instant Liquid Soap is the perfect stovetop cleaner. It's gentle on your hands while being tough on built up, caked on grease. Click here to read How to Clean your Greasy Stovetop using zero waste natural soap methods

  1. Tear open pouch at notch
  2. Fill pouch with water to top of label. Gently stir.
  3. Pour into a reused plastic bottle. Use.

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How to use this laundry soap recipe

this is how to use this laundry soap recipe.

I have a small front loader washing machine and use between 1/2 of my small scoop, which is about 1 1/2 baking tablespoons, to a whole scoop of this laundry soap recipe, depending on the load of laundry.

For a small load of very dirty clothes or a full load of delicates, I use 1/2 a scoop of laundry soap.

For a loose full load of very dirty clothes or a packed full load of other laundry laundry, I use a full scoop or laundry soap.

I load the laundry into the machine and put the laundry soap in its drawer. Whatever kind of clothes washing machine, load it with your dirty clothes, put the laundry soap in the soap place, pick your water temperature and fabric setting and go.

I never use a dryer. I don't own one, even in the water rich Northeast USA. I hang my clothes outside for most of the year. In the Winter, I have fabulous clothes drying racks that I put in the basement.

Instant Liquid Soap is the perfect stovetop cleaner. It's gentle on your hands while being tough on built up, caked on grease. Click here to read How to Clean your Greasy Stovetop using zero waste natural soap methods

  1. Tear open pouch at notch
  2. Fill pouch with water to top of label. Gently stir.
  3. Pour into a reused plastic bottle. Use.

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THINK

How much soap money does a shower cost you?

Let's say you spend $6.00 on a bar of soap and it lasts for 7 days of showers. That's $.84 per shower. 

For your next bar of soap, you spend $8.50. That seems like a lot of money, except it lasts for 8 weeks or 56 showers. That's $.15 cents per shower. F.Y.I.: One bar lasts me and Andy 6 weeks of daily showers - 84 showers.

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