When I found the recipe for homemade laundry soap several month back, the recipe called for Fels Naptha, or Zote (pronounced zoe-tay?) soap. I sent Louie for the ingredients, and he only could find the Fels Naptha, so that is what he got. Today while Louie and I were in Save-A-Lot, we found the Zote soap. The bar is twice as big! I wanted to try it, so I bought several… (like EIGHT bars…talk about trust!)
I thought I was going to burn up my food processor! The soap is a lot softer than the Fels Naptha, and my food processor slowed down almost immediately, and started complaining! All the soap was packed underneath the blade and stuck there. None came out the ‘chute’!
I ran downstairs and got my cheese grater/shredder. Whew! Glad I didn’t donate that when I started using the food processor.
Mixing the stickier soap with the dry ingredients by hand was a little more complicated, but I got it all whipped together in my Presto Mini Max and I even added some Downy Unstopables In-wash Scent crystals.
Since the Zote bar was twice as big, I only used one bar with the same measurements for the other ingredients. With Fels Naptha, I would have used two bars.
I just made four batches of laundry soap using Fels Naptha last night, so I guess I shouldn’t run out of laundry soap for a very long time! I’m anxious to see how the two soaps compare. I know I am very happy with the way the Fels Naptha mix cleans. (Click the bar of soap to see a short video about Fels-Naptha).
I’ll let you know what I think. I have a load of laundry to do tomorrow, so I’ll try the Zote mix. I have a lot of fun making laundry soap, and I get great satisfaction knowing I am saving so much money, and helping the environment. I liked it! I thought the clothes seemed even a little softer with the Zote. The real test will be on my work clothes, but that won’t be until this weekend.
Have a great evening and a wonderful Sunday. Don’t forget to