We enjoy living in the Northwoods, even though we are not near our 4 kids and 8 grandkids. However, it gives us an excuse to go visiting, as well as hosting family in this beautiful place. We love to fish, kayak, canoe, bike, walk, ski, snowshoe, and garden(depending on the season), as well as make and sell SOAP!!
We first bought handcrafted soap many years ago and really didn't think too much about it until we had used it all up and we went back to commercially made soap. Our skin became much drier and we missed the pleasing fragrances, which told us it was time to switch permanently to natural soap.
Nancy decided to research the soap-making process and began making small batches for ourselves, but mostly gave it away to friends and family as gifts. Everyone loved the product and looked forward to when she made more. Star Lake Soap, LLC was born on that need and our love of creating a natural eco-friendly product that is actually good for you.
We have been making our own laundry soap too, and have been quite happy with the results, as well as the cost savings. It uses all environmentally safe ingredients. The recipe is below.
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP RECIPE
Makes 2 gallons liquid, ~64 loads
1 bar handmade soap, grated or chopped
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer WASHING Soda
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
2 gallons hot water
Grate or chop the soap & put it in a sauce pan. Add some of the water (say, 2 quarts) and heat on the stove until the soap melts. Add washing soda and borax and stir until they dissolve. Remove from heat.
Put the rest of the water in a large pan and heat (even hot tap water will do). Add soap mixture and stir. Allow the mixture to sit for about 24 hours. Pour into 2 one-gallon containers.
Use 1/2 cup per load. If you have an extremely soiled load, you can add powdered A&H washing soda or borax in the washer for an extra boost (see box instructions). This soap is low sudsing (bubbles are not the cleaning agent), and has the consistency of egg drop soup. On occasion, you may want to use 2 teaspoons vinegar in the rinse cycle to eliminate long term soap buildup.
Adapted from HSMG Forum, 12/10/09
Star Lake Soap, LLC 9/8/10
High Quality, Natural, Handmade Soap made in Star Lake, Wisconsin.