Monday, November 7, 2011

The Laundry Trials: The Sequel

So, I tried making another batch of homemade laundry detergent.

This time, using Zote soap and a food processor (yes, we're still alive to tell the tale).

For some reason, Zote seems like it is missing an exclamation point, to me.


See? Am I right?
Maybe its some residual form of 1950's marketing rolling around in the back of my brain; maybe too much I Love Lucy when I was younger.

The pink soap works pretty well, and clothes come out clean and smelling nice--perhaps a little better in my opinion than they did when I used the Ivory soap, but for some reason I have a difficult time with the smell of Zote in it's dry form.  It smells like a citronella candle, which I quite like (what country gal doesn't like to be reminded of camping), but there is some undertone there that I just can't handle very well--maybe it's tallow--something, I don't know.  So, even though I like the outcome and the swell pink color ("Gee Mom, let's get ZOTE!"), I don't think this one is for me--just personal preference, you understand.

Next up in the homemade laundry soap geekery department, I'd like to dabble with some castille soap, and my cousin recommended trying the lavender-scented Yardley soap that her family uses...  Stay tuned for the next installment of...THE LAUNDRY TRIALS.

Big Hugs,



  1. First of all, how could one EVER watch too much "I Love Lucy"? ;0)
    I bought some bars of Dr. Bronner's castille soap to use for this project.
    Keep tweaking it, girl!

  2. Zote should definitely have an exclamation point. That's all there is to it!

  3. I've had the best luck with Dr. Bronner's castile soap. The lavender is great, because there's no mucking about with essential oils! :-)