|Cut soap after sitting with |
I started making the whipped laundry detergent by adding about 3.5 oz of the laundry soap cut into small blocks into a quart jar. To this I added about 6 ounces of hot water and left the soap overnight. Although I will be honest, I ended up leaving it for about 2 days before I was able to get around to actually adding the other ingredients. After adding the other ingredients, I allowed it to sit for about 3 hours.
|With Borax, Laundry Soda & Water|
Allowing the mixture to sit was supposed to keep the resulting soap from being grainy. After allowing the mixture to sit, I poured the entire contents of the jar into the bowl of my stand mixer. I don't have a blender so I didn't have the option of blending in the jar like the tutorials I read recommended.
Because I whipped the soap in an less confined space, more air was added into the soap giving it a more airy texture. This does not reduce the effectiveness of the soap it only means that you have to use a little bit greater volume to achieve the same results, due to the increased air in the soap.
So far it seems to work very well. I have done about six loads of laundry so far with this laundry soap. I use about the same amount of soap that is in the first picture, a heaping spoonful. For this recipe I used about 3 1/2 - 4 ounces of soap, 3/4 cup of washing soda & 3/4 cup of borax. I added enough water to bring the water level up to the bottom edge of the ring.
Update: I found that I had issues with this recipe separating. With having it in canning jars you could see about an inch of liquid at the bottom of the jar. I am now using 5 ounces of soap per jar and it is working better. My laundry comes clean and I am not using a fabric softener and really don't need it with the dryer. Cautionary note: if you are using unscented soap and like for your laundry to smell nice don't forget to add your essential oils to your soap when blending. ;)