How To Make Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

(This recipe is for Liquid Laundry Soap. Here’s a Powdered Laundry Soap Tutorial.)

Have you ever wondered how easy it would be to make your own homemade liquid laundry soap? This recipe is not only easy, the cost is less than a few dollars per batch and each batch makes enough for 110 loads of laundry.

This liquid laundry soap works Great for High Efficiency washers as it’s not a super sudsy soap.

The ingredients you’ll need should be available at your local grocery stores or maybe big box stores.

1 cup – 20 Mule Team Borax
1/2 cup – Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 bar of ivory soap (I used my own handmade soap and part of a bar of castile)
Large clean bucket enough to hold 3 gallons of water easily – I used a 5 gallon bucket we acquired from a fast food restaurant – it used to be filled with bags of pickles.. we got it free.
Essential Oil or Fragrance Oil (optional)
– 1/8 ounce to 1 ounce

The ingredients are simple enough. Should only cost maybe $10 if you are purchasing the boxes for the first time. The two boxes of powders will last you through several batches (or use to make powdered laundry soap, or even liquid hand soap).

First, shave your bar of soap using a peeler. I used 1/3 bar of castile and a 1/2 bar of handmade soap

Once your soap is in small pieces, place a pot on the stove big enough to hold 5 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil. When it begins to boil, lower heat to simmer and put the soap in the water. I covered with a lid and let it sit.

While your soap is melting, add 3 gallons of hot water to your bucket. For ease, I used a 2 qt pitcher to fill it.

To the hot water, add 1 cup of Borax and 1/2 cup of Washing Soda. Stir with long handled spoon until dissolved.

Add the melted soap water to the bucket and stir well. If you want to add any fragrance, add it now. Since I make soap, I have tons of fragrances around. I used one called Eucalyptus Thymes – I got from a place called Sweet Cakes (their eucalyptus is the best clean smell – not like medicinal eucalyptus). Or add essential oils. If you plan to make your soaps regularly and want it fragrances, I’d suggest finding a good soap/candle supply company (maybe one local to you?) and order it – it’s Much cheaper to order your essential oils and fragrances rather than purchase from the health food store or craft store.

How much Essential Oils or Fragrance oils:
I would say it’s up to you.. but somewhere between 1/4 ounce to a full ounce.. completely depending on your sensitivity, preferences and the scent. Remember, some scents are stronger than others and adjust accordingly.  You need less essential oils than fragrance oils.

Cover the bucket and set aside for 24 hours. Your soap may be watery or gel up in areas, may be slightly lumpy in areas. This is normal and nothing to worry about. Make sure to smoosh up the clumps when you add it to the washer. If you have smaller containers to put your in, it may be easier to handle – I have old detergent bottles and filled mine with my “new” soap. My soap is very watery – but very soapy.

This makes over 110 loads of liquid laundry soap – and you only need to use about a 1/2 cup.

Rice Pudding with Leftover Rice

It’s been forever and a day that I enjoyed homemade rice pudding. It’s a memory from when I was about 7 years old, my grandmother and I would make both rice pudding and egg custard.

This evening, one of my daughters made dinner. It included rice – of which she made a lot. Way more rice than we needed for dinner. Spur of the minute I decided to make rice pudding with some of the leftover rice.

I search several different recipes and sort of combined what I thought I wanted. I ate mine while it was still hot, so it was still a bit soupy (like in the photo) but ooh was it yummmy! Here’s how I made mine.. remember some recipes are just a guide – and apparently this is one of them. Don’t be afraid to change it up a bit if your ingredients don’t quite fit.

I used:
3 1/2 cups of milk
2 cups of rice plus a spoonful more
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 TBS butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

I know others like raisins in their rice pudding so if you have some handy, throw some in. I didn’t have any and prefer mine without anyway.

I poured the milk into the pan my daughter had used for the rice along with my semi-measured amount of rice. I turned it on about medium (that’s about 4 on my stove top).

While it was heating I cracked and egg and whisked it up with a fork, added my vanilla.

As the milk and rice was warming up, I measured both sugars and tossed those into the pan along with the pinch of salt. When it came to a slight boil, I turned it down to low/simmer. Stirring often.

I thought I was going to heat everything and then put into the oven on 350 to bake for half and hour, but I was too impatient so I just put in the rest of the ingredients – the egg, vanilla, cinnamon, butter and let cook on the stove about 15-20 minutes. Stirring very often to prevent scalding.

It thickened up a lot as it cooked, but after it cooled was when it really got thicker. I ate a bowl hot and put the rest in the fridge.

There were so many different rice pudding recipes, I’m just adding to the masses. I thought I share anyway since I really didn’t have a specific recipe and just muddled this one together. It is sweet, but I like it sweet.