I heard you can use Ivory as a laundry detergent. Can anyone tell me how?
AMBER N. Answer :
i personally take about a centimeter of the bar and microwave, then crumble it and you get about 3-5 loads. really depends on how much you use. plus it smells AMAZING!!!!!!!
JESSICA A. Answer :
I'm guessing those suggesting that melting the bar would result in liquid detergent have never tried this- and may be in for quite a surprise!
Ivory soap is formulated with tons of little bubbles whipped into the mix- that's the secret behind the famous "floating soap". That also means that if you melt it, it expands. You'll end up with something that resembles a cloud. This will then break down in to powder.
If you want to make laundry detergent, you can either keep it in powder form and add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda (both found in the laundry aisle).
If you prefer liquid, dissolve the Ivory in about 4 cups of boiling water, add in the other ingredients, and mix it all in a large container (I use a 5 gallon paint bucket) Add another couple of gallons of hot water, mixing until everything is dissolved. Then wait for it to "set" overnight. It will turn into a lumpy gel consistency, and is fine to use that way, though I like to blend mine smooth with an immersion blender. Totally unnecessary, but it's more appealing that way!
CHELSEA L. Answer :
I just shave it up and add half a cup of the shavings to my laundry. First water then shavings then the clothing.