Saturday, January 19, 2013

Quick Tip: Laundry Soap Addition

Have you ever been doing something that you've done before and then something pops into your head?  Perhaps a way to make what you are doing easier and more efficient?

That's what happened when I was making my batch of laundry soap for the quarter.  (Recipe Here) I was getting ready to grate the Ivory soap and I remembered how much fun it is to turn it into Ivory powder to play with. . . . thought about how the powder would spread through the soap a lot better than the grated pieces would. . . . and wondered "why didn't I think of this before?!"

I "blew up" my ivory soap.

The directions to do that are HERE.

I crumpled up the ivory into little tiny flake powder with NO effort and added it to my laundry soap.  Because it was so fine (and fun) I went ahead and did a second bar for my laundry soap.  I figured that, with it being so fine, I wouldn't have issues with it dissolving in cold water.  We will see if it is too much soap for my detergent.

If you use my recipe, try blowing up your ivory soap.  It saves you some time with the grater and it spreads the ivory soap around so much more than the shreds.

If I do it again:

I wish I had thought of this sooner just because it's easier!  I did a few loads with the added bar of ivory and I can't say I noticed a difference. . . yet.  I haven't done any truly disgusting articles of clothing but I am not having to rewash anything.  (I generally don't have to with my original recipe.)  The only thing I do notice is that, occasionally, I would have a really tiny piece of soap that was undissolved left on a seam of a blanket or something really bulky that the water wasn't able to flow easily around.  I washed my bedspread and didn't have that. 

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