My trusty Salad Shooter, one of the precious gifts I received at my wedding shower just about twenty years ago, had a big day today.
This aging little appliance — it is not the same model shown in the link, but a much earlier version — did something today it had never done before: it grated a bar of Ivory soap.
Why, you may ask? Because, after reading many web articles about making your own laundry detergent, I decided to try it myself, and grated soap is one of the three ingredients required, along with Borax and washing soda.
Is it easy to grate soap? It is very easy, and very similar to grating mozzarella cheese, which is what grated Ivory soap looks like. In fact, a puerile practical joker could fool just about anybody by sprinkling grated Ivory soap on top of a pizza, but I’m not puerile or inclined to practical jokes, so I don’t have to worry about that.
How did the homemade laundry detergent turn out? It seems to have been a great success. The clothes look clean, and they don’t seem to have any soap residue on them. If we go out in the rain and our clothes begin to bubble, I’ll let you know.
I think I’m going to like making my own laundry detergent. The batch I made today should last about a month, but soon I’ll get to grate soap again. Hooray!