We recently covered how to do laundry like the Amish, even if you are not Amish, and Flower Patch reader, Roxanne, requested a recipe for Amish laundry soap. Here is our answer…
Many Amish families are using store-bought soap for their laundry. But some are still making their own. It can be time-consuming and require a whole day or two. But you will realize it cost you less over time.
Here is an example of an Amish laundry soap recipe. Ingredient portions have been adjusted.
1/4 Cup Lavender Essential Oil
1/2 Cup Lye
5 Cups Rain Water (Cold)
4 1/2 Cups Palm Oil or Melted Lard (Or Your Desired Grease)
1 1/2 TBS Borax
1/4 Cup Ammonia
Combine the ingredients. But make sure to the Lye last. Let the mix stand and remain untouched for 10 minutes. Then mix for the next hour. Continue to mix once every hour for the rest of the day. During the next day, continue to stir several times. Allow the mixture to set over the next few days. Then place in a container with a tight cover. Then use wash your clothes.
Note: Make sure to avoid inhaling fumes while stirring during the process of making your soap.
Happy Soap Making!
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