13 July, 2010

Zombie Apocalypse Soap

My friend Krystal is a wonderful woman. She's smart, funny, hot, you name it. I'm a little in awe of her. Which is why when she started talking about homemade laundry soap I thought to myself "Oh come on, how much cooler can Krystal get? Homemade laundry soap indeed; what a hipster." Then I looked at our dwindling financial reserves and realized that I'd better get pretty freaking cool pretty freaking quickly if I wanted to maintain my spring freshness. So I asked her for the recipe. I call it Zombie Apocalypse Soap because it strikes me as one of the few useful survival skills I will possess when the dead rise and start eating brains.

Homemade Zombie Apocalypse Laundry Soap:

4 C hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 C Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ C Borax

  1. Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
  3. Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
  4. Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate.
(Our Price Chopper laundry isle has everything we need to make it)

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