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Surprise Success at Making Laundry Soap??
December 4, 2011
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WVSue
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I finally tried making the homemade laundry soap and I must have done something terribly wrong!  I have ended up with a huge conglomerated, soapy, congealed, chunky bunch of stuff as it was cooling. LOL  The liquid part that separated is at the bottom and the congealed stuff is at the top.  Has anyone ever had this happen to them?  Do you know what I did or did not do??  Is there anyway to salvage it?  I would have to put it all on the stove again to melt it in order to use it. And before you ask….I did measure it carefully.  I used Suzanne's recipe for concentrate.   Only I could do something so disasterous!  Help! 

December 4, 2011
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I have visited several other blogs about making liquid laundry detergent and some of them look a lot like what you describe. Does it look anything like this? http://amysfinerthings.com/homemade-laundry-detergent 

December 4, 2011
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Hey Miss Judy – Yes it did look like that, only maybe a lot more larger chunks.  I felt like maybe I was making soap instead of laundry detergent. Is this right??? 

December 4, 2011
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Mine didn't look like that pic but it must be ok…it was posted as being ok. I know some say they have to stir or shake each time they use it. Mine got a little thick but never too chunky. I'd give it a try. Maybe someone else on here had the same problem and could give advice.

December 4, 2011
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Are you sure you didn't get the recipes for making cheese and laundry soap mixed up? laughlaughlaugh Sorry, I couldn't resist.

December 4, 2011
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LOL  I have never made cheese.  Maybe I should try that and maybe I'll end up with laundry soap!  I took a whisk to it and it actually looks a lot better now.  I am going to try it.  I'm hoping my clothes don't come out with dandruff looking flakes on everything!    

December 4, 2011
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laugh, Miss Judy!

 

What you have is just fine.  Just shake it up before you use it.

The less water (more concentrated), the thicker/glumpy it will be and the water separates. 

It will never be like a regular liquid detergent like you are used to unless you start from scratch and make liquid soap with KOH lye with the correct amount of dilution water and thickening agent. 

Bar soap uses NAOH lye (sodium hydroxide) which is actually salt crystals and creates a hard bar.  Liquid soap uses KOH (potassium hydroxide) which is more soluble than sodium, so it will not create crystals, leaving a soap base that will not harden. 

However, if there isn't enough water (diluting grated bar soap), it may become unpourable and you will have to dip it out.  BUT it will still work as a laundry soap!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

December 4, 2011
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I've been making the laundry soap since Suzanne posted the recipe.  Mine does the same thing.  I just thought it was natural. 

December 4, 2011
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Mine is always like that.  But I transfer it to gallon jugs before it cools.  I use old vinegar jugs or something like that that's heavy.  I used old milk jugs a few time & it leaks thru them in awhile….a mess to clean up.  Sometimes I have to poke a stick into the jug to get it loose enough to shake before each use but it still cleans just fine!

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December 4, 2011
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Thanks Cindy – now that makes me feel better about the looks of it now.  This is quite the new adventure for me so maybe the shock of seeing something so drastically different than what I'm accustomed to just has to sink in a bit.  LOL  When my husband asked me why I was buying all that Borax, washing soda, etc. for and I told him I was making homemade laundry detergent he gave me a big 'raised eye' look.  After I had made it this afternoon, he came in from outside and said that the house smelled like his grandmother's house used to smell.  I was hoping that was a good thing I liked the smell!

December 4, 2011
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Yep, as gakaren says, get it into those gallon jugs before it cools down…. easier to shake up that way, too. And, easier to get it into the jugs in the first place. I found gallon vinegar jugs work well; they seem to be heavier plastic than milk jugs. After a few uses the milk jugs always seem to spring a leak. I've also used store-bought laundry jugs… they work well too. I do about 5 gallons of laundry soap at a time. I'm needing to whip up another batch, speaking of the clumpy stuff. :)  

December 5, 2011
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That is why I just do the powder recipe.  I know that it  is more expensive ( 2 cents vs 1 cent) a batch, but I don't have the hassel of clumpy soap. Also the idea of having to store 5 gallons of liquid is too much for our 2 person house. It works great, and all I need is an empty sour cream container to hold it in.

December 5, 2011
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Mine used to turn out like that because I used baking soda instead of washing soda.  Now that I am using the correct ingredients, it comes out fine!  I use Amishwayhomesteaders recipe.

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December 6, 2011
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I have made this laundry soap several times over the years and it is gloppy.  I keep a big wooden spoon on top of the pail and stir it before I use it.  It eventually liquify's on me.  I do add lavender oil and maybe that affects it.  Smells great though happy-flower

December 6, 2011
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Okay everybody.  Since I officially started this post with my whining about what I first thought was a complete flop in making homemade laundry soap, I would now like to change my post title and call it a 'surprise success at first attempt to make my own laundry soap'!  lol  After stirring and more stirring it finally began to look like everybody was saying it should look like.  And….after using it for 3 days in a row now I am loving it!  Hurray!

December 6, 2011
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LOL  You can't change the title WV Sue, but one of us can.  laugh 

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December 6, 2011
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Oh, that's okay.  I was just getting my point across that if I had not been such a novice I would have known my laundry soap was good in the first place.  Now I'm deciding what else I can try for the first time and see what surprises turn up there! I'm feeling empowerd now! sun2

December 6, 2011
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WVSue said:

Oh, that’s okay.  I was just getting my point across that if I had not been such a novice I would have known my laundry soap was good in the first place.  Now I’m deciding what else I can try for the first time and see what surprises turn up there! I’m feeling empowerd now! sun2

 

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December 7, 2011
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I bought a paint stirrer (of the type meant to be put onto a drill), and stirred mine really well several times as it was cooling, and every time I used it for the first few weeks.  I haven't had to stir it for several months now.  That method seems to work great (but I also make the 5-gallon batch, so it makes a bit more sense for me).

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December 10, 2011
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I do a 3 gal. batch for a couple of reasons…1. That's all the vinegar jugs I've saved so far…2. It is easier to store just 3…3.  I can mix & transfer easier since I use a 5 gal. bucket to mix it in.

 

If you need a long stick to stir it…go by Lowes or HD and ask for one of their 5 gal. paint stirers.  They work great.  They also work great as paddles for misbehaving children or DHs! laugh

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