How agravating… Clothes are so expensive today. Wait. Let me set the stage. Shortly after purchasing some clothes for my companion, I was excitedly anticipating her wearing them for the first time. Any new clothes to me, why, I just put them on. But not for her. They must be inspected closely, washed, ironed, inspected again then she will try them on. Then and only then, if all is right with the world, I will be able to get a view.
“OK”, she beckons, “Do you want to see them?” There is only one answer here.
This particular episode it is different. “#*@#*!” she exclaims. By the time I slide my desk chair out and get around the corner, she is fuming. “Look at this!” as she is wagging her finger angrily at a splotch on her brand new shirt. Try as I might, I could not see it. We trapsed from one room to another to get in just the right light so I could see it. In frustration she says “it is right there!” Pointing. Well, I never did see it. In any case we have had numerous situations similar to this over the last couple of years. We have tried to assess whather it was the washer, the detergent, the cloth the article was made from, the dye used. Each potential cause unknown. After several experiments from re-rinsing the article, to trying several different detergents, to trying different or no fabric softener sheets, to redying the article, we settled on the most probable cause of the sometime visible mottled or splotchiness must be the detergent. But we tried most brands. What to do?
Solution: Homemade laundry detergent with only the finest ingredients. So following is my first attempt at making Pawkey’s Potentially Perfect Purifying Detergent. (PPPPD)
Third: Grate 1 bar of Fels Naptha soap, and some scraps of almost used bar soaps from the shower. Put them all together in a separate pot and add 6 cups hot tap water. Turn on burner to medium, so as to melt but not scorch the shredded soap.
Stir till disolved.
Fifth: Pour the melted soap into the mixture. Stir, um what about the floaties? The soap pieces that failed to melt completely. Strain them out, right? They might make a mess if left in. So what do I strain with? Not so good. Gooey stuff slips to the floor. What else can i Use?
Ahhh! Much better, now to stir… um it’s so deep and hot. My spoons are so short. Here is the thing. A stainless steel, long handled, shoe horn. Just made for the task. Perfection. Now to gel in about 8 hours.
PPPPD gelled nicely. I have washed two loads with 3/4cup of PPPPD. Clothes come out softer, clean smelling. I am very happy with this task. I have probably spent about $10.00 in materials plus a little electricity and have enough left over fot two more batches. So that is about $2.50 per 5 gallons.