Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Homemade Laundry Soap Making

Churning out detergent for clothes washing isn’t always done for the purpose of it being a hobby.  There is a lot more appeal to creating soap for cleansing the human skin: a more aesthetic pursuit where the room for improvising with scents, essential oils, hues and other sensualities seems endless. More often than not homemade laundry soap making is a function of utility and necessity.

Most do-it-yourself instructions for laundry soap making are rebatchings of grated body soap bars, usually fels naphtha, with washing soda and borax mixed in. A watery gel is usually the outcome of this process.

There are materials on making detergent from scratch, but they are harder to come by. Procedures run closely parallel to cold process, the most popular method of making body soap. You can actually use a regular recipe for body soap for making detergent.


Homemade Laundry Soap Making Procedure

Animal fat is cleaned and heated to prepare it for blending with lye water. Bleach and scents may be added when the chemical reaction or saponification process is nearly complete. The mix is then poured into molding trays. Once cured, the soap chunks are ground into flakes if they are to be used in washing machines. They may be rubbed against a cheese grater if a more powdery substance is desired. For grinding, you can use the food processor, blender, or manual meat grinder in your kitchen.

The homemade laundry soap thus produced may not lather very much, but this does has nothing to do with cleansing ability. Sudsiness has long ceased to be an advertising issue among detergent manufacturers.


Motives for Homemade Laundry Soap Making

Even though laundry soap making is often an afterthought of handmade body soap, people who have taken it up as a pursuit may have some really good reasons for doing so. One of these is to save money—as much as 70% of the cost of using detergent purchased from the grocery store.

Others make their own laundry soap because of allergic reactions to commercially available brands or for human environmental safety. Synthetic petroleum oils, the preservative parabens, and the antibacterial triclosan are examples of ingredients considered harmful in detergents manufactured by large companies. On the other hand, the humectant glycerin, a natural byproduct of plant oils that is good for the skin, is often stripped away during production of mass-produced detergents.

There have also been concerns about the adverse effects of phosphates in detergents on our water ecosystems.


Making Homemade Laundry Soap the Natural Way

Before the advent of industrial-scale production, there were no distinctions between detergent and body cleansers. Our ancestors used the same soap on everything: for washing clothes, hands and bodies, utensils, floors, and even babies. Harsh ingredients were unheard of, and the natural soap making process involved ensured that these substances were healthy for human use.

Home-based soap making still closely resembles these age-old methods. That is why most recipes for body soap may be used in homemade laundry soap making as well, as mentioned earlier. The handmade bar of soap we use for washing hands or bathing can be just as good for doing the laundry.

April 10, 2011 by  
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