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Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by MountainMamaHST, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. trsturself

    trsturself Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I make my laundry detergent too. Here's my general recipe:
    1 box of Borax
    1 box of washing soda
    1 tub of oxiclean
    2 bars of fels-naptha shredded

    I would love to see others.
     
  2. Hippie Chicks Mom

    Hippie Chicks Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course! I will sent it to you.

    Hippiechickhomestead.wordpress.com
     
  3. Hippie Chicks Mom

    Hippie Chicks Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or post it!
     
  4. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use 1 cup Borac, 1 cup Washing Soda, and 1 bar of Fels Naptha. Makes 10 gallons.

    Does anyone know how to make it from scratch? How did our great, great grandmothers make soap? wasn't it animal fat mixed with ashes? I would love to know the ratios there.
     
  5. GerbilsOnToast

    GerbilsOnToast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a reason our Great Grandmother's soap was known for being harsh.

    Yes, Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) can be extracted form wood ashes, (the ashes themselves were not part of the soap, only a source for the lye) via slow drip dissolution, and that is how the lye was prepared. However, sodium hydroxide is highly caustic, and determining the concentration of that solution was beyond their capabilities - therefore, no two batches were alike, and calculating the amount of fat required was impossible.
    In a pinch, you could do it; with the correct testing equipment, you could get a rough guess of pH and calculate the molarity. The equipment to extract it safely, and to calculate its' molarity, far exceeds the cost of purchasing lye, particularly if you purchase in bulk.

    **editing to add - the ratios are worthless if the concentration of the lye solution is unknown. It was done by 'feel' - ie: how fast the mixture traces as the lye solution is added. Frequently the fat amount was inadequate, therefore it was highly alkaline, harsh & irritating. All fats were saved to make soap - even chicken fat and pan drippings. My mum has shared her recollections of the process and product with me... I opted to buy 50# buckets of standardized lye! [​IMG]
     
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  6. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm...I think for now I'll stick to just buying my soap. That can be something I learn later. When I get my goat & need ways to use up milk.
     
  7. Raech

    Raech Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quick question, it might have been answered before. I know that chickens will eat ticks, but if I let them free range in a 3 acre area will they stay in that area without fencing, and eat the ticks? Grandpa has suddenly had an outbreak of ticks this year, and I really don't know what to do, we are finding them really heavy in the grass field, that needs to be baled once the weather warms up enough to dry it. It is up to my armpits, and I am 5'8, I don't think they plan on doing anything about the problem, but I really hate the thought of finding ticks on my boys. I have been suggesting to get a couple of chickens to help with the problem and they don't really want chickens because the turkeys from 30+ years ago were "gross." The field that has the tick problem goes up to a very busy road, but there is a creek running behind it with shorter grass, and with the really tall grass would that be a deterrent, until I can get an electric fence hooked up for after baling? We have a lot of predators, hawks, coyotes, raccoons and neighbor dogs, and Grandpa's dog might be a problem until I can get him trained as well. Any advice would be appreciated, they found 5 on Dog(yes that is what they named him) today.
     
  8. jerrey

    jerrey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that sounds like the recipe I use is this a liquid 0r powered I have been making mine for about 2yr. I could not buy it any more it doesn't make suds but suds is not what cleans your clothes thank you
     
  9. jerrey

    jerrey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    o yes I really like the zote bar you can get in pink are white smell better than fels naptha bar of soap
    jerrey mae
     
  10. jerrey

    jerrey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    unless you are making body soap I haven't herd of goat milk in laundry dert.
     

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