I had great success with making my own laundry liquid soap the other year. Such great success in fact, that it lasted over a year and I only just ran out. The problem with being so successful at it was that I couldn’t remember the exact formula I used to make it. I read a lot of the tips on how to make it but I know I modified it somehow. So I set out to make more, but made up my own modification.
I started out the same way as last time, sitting in front of the tv grating a bar of laundry soap.
Laundry soap is a hard soap, so it takes quite a while to grate. And gives you sore hands. When I was finally finished, I put the stock pot on the stove to dissolve the soap. I filled it with about 7L of water and brought it to the boil. I added the soap gratings. All good, it looked the same as last time. This is where the improvisation went a little wrong. I knew last time I had added something else to it, but just couldn’t for the life of me remember what! So I made it up. I decided it was a cup of bi carb.
And in the process of adding BiCarb to a pot of boiling water, I learned that there’s some kind of chemical reaction. And the bicarb rises. A lot. And kind of spills everywhere. A little bit like those volcano explosions that kids make for science classes at school. Now, sadly, I wasn’t expecting this to happen, so I have no video of the volcano. But I have the aftermath:
Yep, that’s the bubbled over, now-liquid soap all over my stove and bench (and floor). And for some reason, there’s a single piece of dog food on the stove. I’m really not sure how that got there.
The good news is that my stove is now really clean! Same goes for my benchtop and floor.
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