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Lard soap, anyone?

I have a ton of my older handmade lard soap that I’m not going to relist. It would be great as a general all purpose hand soap or grated for laundry soap. I also keep a chunk of it at my sewing machine to stick pins in as I sew. It seems to help them glide through material easier.

I have some bars that are probably 4-6ounces each and some random smaller chunks. If anyone is interested, I’ll send you some for the cost of shipping. Just send me an email to csloan @ subearthancottage.com and we’ll work out the details.

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I’m not *that* crunchy.

Funny story.

So, I’m waaaaay behind on my laundry. (That’s not the funny part. More like a reminder of my constant state of affairs.) I had about a medium load’s worth of hand-washing to do in addition to the few loads of regular machine laundry. I decided I’d do the hand-washing in my tub rather than the sink, since there was so much. Once I had those soaking in soapy water, I went out to the laundry room to get a load going in the machine.

Apparently Finn thought washing clothes by hand looked like tons of fun. In the minute or so that it took me to load and start the washing machine, he had added about another loads worth of laundry to the tub. At this point, my washer and dryer are both full and running, so I was pretty much stuck washing it all by hand.

The washing wasn’t the hard part, though. Finding places to hang all the clothes to dry INSIDE since it’s raining and muddy was the real challenge.

Here’s a picture of my little helper. I intentionally left the red eyes. They seem appropriate for today. 😉

Have a great Tuesday!

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Powdered laundry detergent recipe


I often use my handmade lard soap to make my own laundry detergent. It works great, it’s cheap, and I don’t have to worry that it will irritate my skin.

There are many recipes for both liquid and powdered laundry detergent on the web, but almost all use three basic ingredients. They are: soap, borax, and washing soda. Borax is found with laundry and cleaning supplies. I’ve found most grocery stores carry it. Washing soda is also with the laundry detergents, although it can be harder to find. My local Kroger store does keep it in stock.

For the soap, you can use a commercial laundry soap, but I prefer to use my handmade soap. When choosing a soap, you’ll want to look for a firm bar. Lard soaps work really well. My favorite to use is my Simply Soap Lard Soap. I can usually get 2-3 cups of grated soap per bar. If you’d prefer to use a vegetable-based bar, bars high in coconut and/or palm oil are a good choice.

The recipe I use is for powdered detergent. It calls for 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda for every 2 cups of grated soap. Simply grate your soap with a cheese grater, add the borax and washing soda and mix. If you’d like to add scent, you can include your choice of essential oil a few drops at a time until you get the scent you want. Store the detergent in an airtight container. I use an old coffee can.

To use the detergent, add 2 tablespoons per load. It’s best to add the detergent first, let it dissolve and then add the clothes.

For other laundry detergent recipes, check out this site: http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/