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Old 08-05-2009, 04:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone every repurposed a bar of soap or laundry bar soap - melted or grated one and reformed the bars - or started with raw ingredients to make a laundry bar soap that has the washing soda or borax already inside?

I live way out in the middle of Arizona desert nowhere and am going to be caretaking about 20-30 people doing a three year Buddhist retreat. They will be in solitude in individual cabins and I am developing products and resources for limited trash removal and ease of use and storage.

I thought a bar soap which covers all their laundry needs in one small "package" could be beneficial with no bottles to dispose of (even recycling creates a large carbon footprint & who wants to lug full and empty containers through the desert to the cabins or for "trash" pickup).

Any recipes or sources out there for a complete laundry bar?

I have also posted this in off-grid living.
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Not much help, but i know women used to throw in a bar of soap (any soap they had) while washing. I assume there's a certain point in the wash cycle where you fish it out.

I make mine combining grated bar soap, ws and borax and keep it in powder form. I'm assuming this process won't work? Not as easy as handing out bars, but their laundry soap tubs could be refilled as needed. ??
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Yes, I'm thinking about just handing everyone the mix of grated soap and washing soda that I use. I just thought a bar would be so neat and compact and they could grate a few swipes as needed or just rub the bar into the clothes a bit. I'm not sure how to reform soap once it's melted and such but I might try anyway.
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