I recently started to make a switch to soap nuts for my handwash laundry. While I am still getting accustomed to a really low sud way of washing my delicates, it’s indeed a great way to save water just like my almost-no-suds DIY tea seed kitchen detergent. For more heavier soiled laundry, I am falling back on traditional bar soaps made with vegetable fats. I tried an old-school “Labour” brand of laundry bar soap a few years back. Can’t really remember what made me stop abruptly after using up all the 5 bars that came in the pack, but they did last quite a while.
I chanced upon a multi-purpose bar soap brand for household cleaning and laundry recently. The seller recommended that it will lather even better when placed inside a drawstring bag, and hanging the bag with the soap inside to drip dry after using will prevent the soap from “dissolving” in a soap dish that is always wet. I think this is a fantastic idea for bar soap users. I can’t remember losing how many bars of bar soaps in the shower to such “flooding” soap dish incidents, so I diy a pouch my shower bar soap as well.
For even better lathering effect, I made the drawstring pouches with a cotton washcloth from Daiso. My shower bar soap instantly turns into an exfoliating bar when I use the soap placed inside the textured bag. One washcloth is enough to make 3 handy pouches that fit the standard size bar soaps.
While this current laundry bar soap doesn’t feel drying to my hands, I can’t remember how my hands actually felt when I was using the Labour brand bar soap, but I remember it being much cheaper.
Palm oil, coconut oil, canola oil, soda ash, and sodium hydroxide are listed whereas only “made with vegetable fats” is printed on Labour bar soap’s packaging.
The pack comes with 4 individually shrink-wrapped bars. Since I still have an extra pouch left, I will be getting the Labour brand this weekend again to see if I like it better when I use it inside the pouch.