In our soap class, one of the products you will learn to make is our Laundry Soap. Here is the recipe for our Laundry Soap so that you can reference it easily to make your own laundry soap at home.
33 oz coconut oil
5.9 oz lye
12 oz water
Heat coconut oil on stove until melted. Place in crock pot on low heat.
While coconut oil is melted, mix lye into water (outside is best) and stir to dissolve. When it turns clear, mix into the coconut oil. With an immersion blender, mix until it has a pudding consistency (4 to 10 minutes, usually). Place lid on crock pot and cook until the soap folds in on itself.
Problems that might occur:
Separation of fat and lye: Mix again with blender
Soap boils over: Take off lid and mix soap going up over the sides back into mixture.
Test to see if it is done: take a pea size amount out of crock pot to cool. Taste. If you taste soap, you are done. If you get a zizzing (made up word) sensation on your tongue, keep cooking.
Pour into a silicone loaf pan or a parchment-lined loaf pan to cool. Cut in about 1 to 2 hours into bars.
Once soap is done, grate the bars of soap. Combine 8 oz of soap and 10 oz each of washing soda and borax in a food processor until finely ground.
For one load of laundry, use one tablespoon of laundry soap and 1/3 cup of either washing soda or borax.Bar Soap
Mix the lye and water together the day before.
Heat up the oils to no more than 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine add lye/water mixture to oils and stir until mixture begins to thicken. If desired, add 1/4 cup essential oils. Stir with a whisk until a trace forms on the top of the soap.
Pour into a silicone loaf pan or parchment-lined loaf pan. Let sit 24-48 hours before cutting into bars.
Red Lentil Soup
Another request we often get is the recipe for Colette's Red Lentil Soup, which she serves at our soap classes.
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Pinch of cayenne
1 quart broth
1 cup red lentils
1 large carrot
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro