Do you make your own laundry detergent? It's a simple process, very cheap, and makes the clothes smell absolutely lovely - once you've experienced clean, fragrance free clothes it's hard to go back!
But this post isn't about laundry detergent.
But what do they have to do with each other, she asked expectantly? Well, young listener, wait and see....
When you make laundry detergent, if your really cheap (like me) instead of buying pre-grated soap you go for the hard bar stuff, which is less expensive.
Then you grate it yourself. Since I don't have cast iron hands and can't grate to nothing, I am always left with teeny soap ends.
I use these to make pump soap.
Grab the ends and throw them (or place them gently, I won't mind) into a small container with a lid. An old jar will do.
Cover them with water, and let them sit for ages. Aaaaaages ages. A month should do it. (Told you it was lazy. Find something useful to do while you wait. I wouldn't suggest just watching it, you'll get hungry.)
Every so often, give it a good shake. After a while, it will start to look like this:
When most of the soap lumps are lovely and soft, decant them into a large jug. Add a dash more water, then get those hands in there. Smoosh the lumps until they are mostly gone and the mix is starting to become a uniform consistency. It's fun! Be sure to stop and admire the soap webs between your fingers. Hello, aquaman!
|Ready to be smooshed (it's a technical term.)|
After a while, you will be tempted to crack out a blender. DON'T. Well, unless you want your kitchen covered in bubbles, in which case by all means, carry on.
Instead, grab a strainer and a bowl, and run the mix through it. I push the soft lumps through with a wooden spoon. If there are any hard lumps remaining, don't worry, just put them back into the soaking jar for another month. (See? Lazy.)
Now take a look at your mix. Does it need more water to run smoothly? If so, add it now, and stir it in gently. Then pour it into a pump bottle. I wanted to use my funnel, but Panzer found it first. (I used the jug instead.) The pump bottles I use the are ones left over from buying commercial pump soap.
And there you have it! Lazy, easy, cheap pump soap, made with nothing but time and leftovers. I will be sharing my homemade laundry soap recipe tomorrow, so feel free to follow along if you're interested.
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