Sunday, January 15, 2012

Finding Rest In Random Ways

You made what? While I'm not going "granola" I did spend time Saturday making my own laundry soap.

I've been wanting to do this for quite a while - my cousin and others have been telling me about making your own soap for two distinct reasons: 1) You can control the scent and 2) it's budget friendly.

So when I found myself staring at the laundry soap today at the store - and being frustrated at a) the price and b) the scents (it seems I've become a bit extra sensitive to some of the smells), I thought, "I have extra time, why not try Rebecca's recipe."

So I found myself purchasing the ingredients and making soap - a batch of liquid AND a batch of powder soap (I found that recipe thru Google)..

Ingredients For Both Recipes
Borax Laundry Booster - $3.38 (box)
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda - $3.24 (box)
Three pack Ivory Soap - $1.24

For Both: A Cheese Grater (I started with the one pictured and ended up with a hand-held small grater.)
For The Liquid - a sauce pan, measuring cup and wisk.
For The Powder - a bowl, spoon and measuring cup.

Grate the soap, like cheese. I found the smaller grater worked easier (along with a small bowl, rather than a plate).  

Rebecca's Liquid Soap
1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup of Washing Soda
1 Bar of Soap
(I used Ivory, my cousin has used Dove.)
3 gallons of water

Grate the bar of soap, and mix it into the borax, soda and water.
Heat over a medium/low heat until it is clear.

Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. When it cools, it will get this "gel like" texture. Mix it up (she said you can whip it with a mixer if you like). Pour it into a gallon bucket (or re-use bottles like I did). Make sure to leave enough room in the bottles so you can "shake" or mix it up before each use.

Note: I made a third of the recipe, because I don't have a huge pot, like my cousin. This made two "regular size" bottles of soap (about what I would have paid at least $8 for each, at Walmart). 

Use a bit more than you would of "commercial" soap, because it's not as concentrated. 

Powdered Laundry Soap

1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Bar of Soap (again, I used Ivory, since I had a three pack), grated.

Mix the grated soap, the borax and soda in a bowl until it becomes a very fine powder. This recipe makes approx. 32 ounces of powder. Store in a sealed container.

Use 1 to 2 tablespoons per load of wash. I had a small scoop that I decided would work great for this.

It was easier - in that you don't have to "cook" it, 
You do the same steps, but you don't add water, obviously. The Ivory soap grated well.

  So Why Did I Do This.....
It's been a long week. I've felt like I've been wound up, tighter than a 10-day-alarm clock trying to get everything done. As I drove away from Upward's practice, I realized for the first time since the New Year, that I really didn't have anything to do this afternoon.

I knew I wanted to work on my One Little Word project, and read a bit, but for the most part, I didn't need to go anywhere or do anything.

That's how I ended up at the store, purchasing laundry soap (or the ingredients) because well, I could do laundry while watching a movie this afternoon.

It took more than an hour for me to "unwind." Having to grate bars of soap proved a "great" way to make me rest, because well, you can't "hurry" that process.

I also had to "wait" and "rest" while the soap "cooked" on medium heat. While it didn't take a lot of effort, I just couldn't leave my apartment because well, the stove was on.

So I watched Netflix (yes a crime show...and even started watching a movie).

And I sat. quiet. resting.

Finding peace.

I guess that's a good trade off for making laundry soap today.

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