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Zany_in_CO

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ZANY'S 100% COCONUT LAUNDRY LS ~ February 21, 2020
This makes a gallon of concentrated liquid laundry soap.

12 oz. KOH (0% SF)
24 oz. Water (2 X KOH CP or 3 X KOH if HP)
37.5 oz. Coconut Oil (100%)


TEMPS ARE IMPORTANT! Combine when oils are @ 160°F (71°C) and lye solution @ 140°F (60°C). Stir by hand, then SB, on and off, to HARD trace (10-15 minutes) over MEDIUM to LOW heat. Maintain 160°F (71°C). Watch carefully. If it starts to puff up, quickly take it off heat; set in sink; stir down.

Let set 5 minutes off heat to make sure it doesn’t separate. At this point, you can use whatever process you're most comfortable with (HP or CP). I cover and put it in a preheated 170°F (77°C) oven for 2 hours. Turn off. Let set overnight and dilute the next morning. For CP, let it sit for 2 weeks before diluting. TEST to be sure paste is fully saponified before diluting.

DILUTION

Weigh paste to see how much water to add to make a gallon of soap. Should weigh around 52 oz. or so.
52 oz. (40%) soap + 76 oz. Dilution Water (60%) = 128 oz.

Nuke paste in microwave 10 minutes @ half power (optional). Bring water to boil in stainless steel pot range top. Add chunked up LS paste. Return to boil then turn to MEDIUM LOW - LOW. Cover. You want it warm enough to dissolve but not bubble so as to prevent evaporation. Stir gently every hour to break up pieces until soap is completely diluted (3-4 hours). Add water if necessary to reach 128 oz./1 gallon of LS.

Use Rate: 2-6 Tablespoons for laundry; 1 Tablespoon per gallon of water for dishes. NOTE: I use the measuring cap from a re-purposed laundry detergent bottle. The highest measure = 6 Tablespoons.

Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to rinse water. Rinse in cold water as many times as necessary to get all the soap residue out. If whites look dingy or clothes feel stiff after drying, then you need to rinse more thoroughly.

TIP: For hard water, add Calgon or Liquid Calgon (water softener) to your wash water. NOTE: Both Borax and A&H Washing Soda are known to cause the elastic in your underwear to fail. Don’t ask how I know! 😄
 

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@Zany_in_CO this is awesome, thank you very much! You are so generous! I will follow this and recipe.

I have a slightly hard water. How much calgon do I use per load?
 

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What differences in the finished Coconut LS would occur if you just used the basic crockpots high/low settings vs. your detailed guide above?
The detailed guide is there for those who do not cook LS in a crockpot. There are a few LS'ers who oven process or simply bring the batch to trace and let it set for 1-2 weeks to finish saponification. This happens most often to those who suffer from arthritis or other accidents/injuries to the hands. The crockpot is too heavy for them to manage. ;)
 

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I just ordered KOH to make this. Grocery Outlet had 12 oz bottles of coconut oil for $2.
How much concentrate would you suggest for an apartment sized washer? I am thinking of starting with 1 tbs.

This will be my first liquid soap.
 

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Has anyone found a water softener that has no scent? I am typically allergic to them. I found Sodium Tripolyphosphate online. But phosphates can be bad for the environment so I have mixed feelings about using it.
 

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Has anyone found a water softener that has no scent? I am typically allergic to them. I found Sodium Tripolyphosphate online. But phosphates can be bad for the environment so I have mixed feelings about using it.
I use Washing Soda... I don't think it has a scent. I guess I've never really paid attention. Must go smell my washing soda!!! lol
 

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Do you know if the elastic on your clothes is wearing out faster? I read that can happen.
I make a powder laundry detergent with finely grated 100% coconut soap, borax and washing soda. And have been using it for about 3 maybe 4 years and I’ve not noticed my elastic wearing out. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m still in my pj’s and I just pulled on the elastic of a pair of very old pj pants and it’s holding strong!
 

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