Saturday, February 18, 2012

Spring Cleaning Naturally

Today I made pure coconut soap to use in laundry soap. Coconut soap is extremely easy to make and doesn't take much time. After's just lye and coconut oil. The soap I made is not scented because I like to scent my laundry soap later. It does have a slightly sweet scent. Coconut soap saponifies quickly and as you can see by the picture, this batch has a nice crack on the top.

 I try to cut the soap when it is still warm, since it is a bear to cut when it is solid. You can see the "warm" soap in the middle. On some bars it oozed out!
After the soap is cut, I let the bars harden up over night. I use a salad shooter that my friend, Amber, let me have (thanks, Amber!) to shred the soap. The soap comes out in nice curls, but not as a fine powder.

I mix my curls with Borax and Washing Soda (not baking soda). After mixing I scoop up a small bit at a time and "grate" it in the blender.
This produces a fine white powder that dissolves easily.

Here is the finished product! The bag contains two pounds of laundry soap that is safe for the environment, great for cloth diapers, can be use in HE washing machines, and you only need one tablespoon for each load!

I hope you enjoyed learning how I make my laundry soap!


Anne-Marie said...

I would NOT have thought about using a Salad Shooter! Great idea! =)

ABreathOfFrenchAir said...

Anne Marie, the best part was that my friend was going to give it to good will! In exchange for the salad shooter, I am sending her a box of goodies. It's a win win!