This was a total fluke how I came to this solution! It first started when I was trying to be a “cool” mom and showed the girls a fun soap experiment I found on pinterest where you microwave a bar of Ivory Soap and it magically (scientifically) turns from a simple bar of soap into a cool cloud of giant fluff right before your eyes! Thanks “Our best Bites” for the great trick! The girls LOVED it!
The girls were fascinated to see the soap grow and bubble and almost fill the entire microwave! It was a huge hit! Soooo… after we had this giant cloud of soap that the girls were holding and helping fall apart I was like “What now?”
I had the littles put the huge pieces of soap cloud into a bowl and let them have fun breaking it up into tiny flakes! It crumbles so easily! We were left with this bowl of fluff!
THEN IT HIT ME!!!! For all of those who LOVE to make home made laundry soap THIS was a great way to get your Ivory soap prepped!
One of the steps that everyone complains about when it comes to making DIY laundry detergent is the step that required you to hand grate bars of soap! UGG!
Well “UGG” no longer! Pop your bar of Ivory soap into the microwave on top of a large piece of wax paper! Set your timer for about 3 min. but you’ll open the door well before that time runs out! When the bar of soap turns into a HUGE mass of fluff then you want to stop the microwave. Each microwave is so different it’s hard to tell you an exact amount of time!
Be careful when you first touch it, it might be hot in certain spots! When it is completely cool put all the fluff into a bowl and break it up by hand! AND your done!
DIY Laundry Detergent!
- 3 Bars of Ivory Soap prepped in the microwave to turn into fluff! Do one bar at a time!
- 1 Box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 55oz.
- 1 4 lb 12 oz Box Borax
- 1 4lb Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Mix together and store! Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. Perfect for High Efficiency washers! This batch will last you FOREVER!!!
*** You can also add Oxyclean to the mix for extra umph!
Watch the soap in action…