by Catherine Haug, March 2, 2013
Photo, right, of ingredients and equipment, by S. Tompkins
This was our first event at a new venue: the Crestview Senior Housing Clubhouse. We all sat around a big table while Sheree demonstrated how to make laundry soap at another table.
This is just a short synopsis; you can find more detail in the complete, printable pdf file: Gathering Summary: Homemade Laundry Soap and GMO Discussion, with Sheree Tompkins, and in her handout: Homemade Laundry Powder or Liquid, by Sheree Tompkins
We took turns grating the bars of soap into a bowl, and passed around the finished product so all could see that it looks like. Sheree also brought a jug of liquid soap that she made from her powdered mix, and a bucket of liquid soap that she made by a more direct method (not mixing up the powder first) to show us what the gel mixture looks and feels like when scooped up in a ladle.
Cora Reynolds, a 97-year old resident of the housing complex shared with us how she used to make laundry soap bars when she lived in North Carolina, in the old days before her community had electricity.
Then Sheree joined us at the big table to share GMO handouts and to talk about the Non-GMO Tipping Point Network of which she is the coordinator for NW Montana.
Read on for more detail about the presentation and discussion.
Homemade Laundry Powder
- All-natural ingredients, recommendations;
- Sheree’s method for laundry powder
- Liquid laundry soap
- Cora Reynolds’ memory of making laundry soap bars
- Kassandra’s homemade citrus cleaner
Q: Can this be used in an HE (High Efficiency) washer?
A: Yes. Because they are a low-suds soap, both the powder and liquid can be used in an HE.
Q: Which is better, powder or liquid?
A: Powder is better for regular loads and heavily soiled clothes. liquid is best for situations when you would otherwise use Woolite – lingerie and other delicates.
Q: How much do you use?
A: Powder: 1 Tbsp powder for regular loads, or 2 Tbsp for heavily soiled. Don’t use more than that or you’ll see a lot of lint in your dryer and your fabrics will thin out more quickly.
Liquid: This depends on how much water you work into the mix. Sheree’s recipe on the handout indicates 1/2 cup per load.
Q: What about fabric softener?
A: Sheree fills a downy ball with vinegar, to put in the washer (see also The Essentialist Kitchen Hint: Natural fabric softener). She also uses felted wool balls in the dryer.
GMO and Non-GMO Tipping Point Network (TPN) discussion
(Frankenfood image, right, used by permission from the Organic Consumer’s Association).
- Sheree shared handouts from the TPN regarding GMOs.
- What is a GMO?
- Roundup-Ready crops
- The harm of GMO (we barely touched on this)
- Complete, printable pdf file of this summary: Gathering Summary: Homemade Laundry Soap and GMO Discussion, with Sheree Tompkins,
- Sheree’s handout: Handout: Homemade Laundry Powder or Liquid, by Sheree Tompkins
Related articles and files:
- The EssentiaList: Soap vs Detergent
- The Essentialist Kitchen Hint: Natural fabric softener
- Kitchen hint: Homemade citrus cleaner
- The EssentiaList: Refrigeration without Electricity
- The EssentiaList: More on GMO Labeling
- The EssentiaList: How GMOs destroy life, soil and your gut probiotics
- The EssentiaList: The harm of GMO