Reprinted from http://puresoapflakes.com/, pure soap flakes are free of additives, enzymes, fragrance, GMOs, and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Uses are listed below.
What are Pure Soap Flakes? Pure Soap Flakes are small, translucent, crystal like, flakes of silky pure vegetable soap concentrate that is saponified from a signature blend of pure coconut and soybean vegetable oils that are free of GMOs. They are the mildest of cleaners and do not contain injurious bleaches, chemicals, dyes, enzymes, perfumes, phosphates, sodium lauryl sulfate, or synthetic surfactants. Pure Soap Flakes are completely biodegradable and kind to people with sensitive skin and senses, animals, natural fibers, and woods. Pure Soap Flakes are perfect for laundering and hand-washing delicate fabrics and natural fibers such as cotton, wool, silk, chiffon and specially treated waterproof sports and outdoor clothing. Pure Soap Flakes are good for babies, pets, and people with allergies, sensitive skin, and tattoos.
Why Pure Soap Flakes? Flakes of pure soap concentrate can be hydrated to create the laundry or cleaning solution needed. Our flakes are a concentration of pure vegetable soap that are specially formulated to clean gently and launder naturally. They are made from the highest quality, fair traded, and sustainable ingredients.
They can be used for green cleaning, bathing, laundering, and washing. Pure Soap Flakes can be alone or combined with other natural cleaning products such as baking soda, borax, and/or washing soda to make a variety of more gregarious and specific cleaners.
Pure Soap Flakes are a perfect base for making liquid soaps by adding purified water to a desired viscosity. Soaps that are made to be liquid from the start use Potassium Hydroxide for saponification and have a residue in the end product. That residue can be harmful to sensitive skin and can acquire in natural fibers over time, such as wool and wood, causing fraying and dryness.
Launder delicate and natural fabrics with Pure Soap Flakes? Wools, silks, cottons and lace launder beautifully with Pure Soap Flakes. Most natural fibers and delicate fabrics benefit from the gentle cleansing and restorative properties of Pure Soap Flakes. Laundering with Pure Soap Flakes has a conditioning and smoothing effect on protein fibers such as wool and silk, and elicits a plush softening response in cellulose fibers such as cotton and flannel. Pure Soap Flakes are kind to delicate lace and fragile antique fabrics. Babies blankets are extra soft after washing in Pure Soap Flakes.
• Launder delicate fabrics and natural fibers gently.
• Launder antique fabrics, fine lace, and lingerie.
How to dissolve Pure Soap Flakes in water:
• The hotter the water the easier to completely dissolve the Pure Soap Flakes.
• For cold water washing, dissolve Pure Soap Flakes in a small amount of boiling water, then mix with cold water.
• More Pure Soap Flakes and less water will create a thicker more soapy mixture.
• Fewer Pure Soap Flakes and more water creates a thinner less soapy mixture.
Directions for most cleaning and laundering:
• Mix about ¼ to ½ cup Pure Soap Flakes to a gallon of hot water.
• Mix thoroughly in bucket or agitate in washer. Let cool for cold water washing.
• Refer to fabric or product washing instructions. Test in a small area.
• Always rinse well with clean water. Dry accordingly.
Green clean naturally with Pure Soap Flakes: Pure Soap Flakes can be used alone or combined with baking soda, borax, washing soda in different ratios for a more specific and gregarious washing mixture that is toxin free and Earth friendly.
Pure Soap Flakes : (soap), the molecules in soap attract dirt and grease on one end and are water soluble on the other end, forcing dirt out.
Baking Soda : (sodium bicarbonate), a sodium salt. Perfect for deodorizing, softening water and scouring.
Borax : (sodium borate decahydrate) sodium and boron, a naturally occurring mineral. It can be used for disinfecting, cleaning, deodorizing, and whitening.
Hydrogen peroxide : is used as a safer and more eco-friendly bleach through oxidation..
Washing Soda : (sodium carbonate), is related to baking soda and much more powerful. Cuts through grease and oil and softens water.
Vinegar : (acid) a sour liquid containing acetic acid. It’s the acid that cuts through germs and grease.
Simple recipes to green clean, bathe, and launder with Pure Soap Flakes:
All Purpose Cleaner : Pure Soap Flakes and borax and/or baking soda in different ratios. Add washing soda if you need a heavy duty de-greaser. Dissolve in water. Use on tub, tile, sink, toilet, floors and counters.
Glass Cleaner : 1 tablespoon Pure Soap Flakes to a quart of hot water..
Basic Laundry Use (dry) : ¼ cup Pure Soap Flakes, ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ cup borax, ¼ cup washing soda. Mix ingredients together. Store in a container. Use 1 tablespoon per load. Use more if necessary if soiled or super soiled.
Basic Laundry Use (liquid) : 1 cup Pure Soap Flakes, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda. 8 cups boiling water. Mix Pure Soap Flakes, baking soda, and borax and add boiling water. Store in a plastic container. Use ¼ to ½ cup per load.
Liquid / Gel Soap : 2 cups Pure Soap Flakes, ½ gallon of water. Mix together in large pot over low heat, stir occasionally until soap has dissolved. Transfer to a jar and cover tightly. For a less thick gel soap, use 1 gallon of water.
General All Purpose Liquid Cleaner : 1 tbsp Pure Soap Flakes, 1 quart warm or hot water. To make stronger add: 2 tbsp baking soda, borax, or washing soda. Dissolve Pure Soap Flakes in water and add other ingredients.
Dish Detergent : 2 cups Pure Soap Flakes, ½ cup borax and 1 gallon water. Put Soap Flakes and borax into large pot, add water, stir. Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally until soap is dissolved. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in tightly covered container.
Brick and Fireplace Soot Cleaner : Pure Soap Flakes and water. Dissolve Pure Soap Flakes in water making a thicker soap mixture. Cover the brick completely. Let soak. Scrub with a brush. Rinse with clean water. Be amazed!
Hand & Body Wash : 1 part Pure Soap Flakes, 2-3 part water. Dissolve Pure Soap Flakes in water, pour in plastic container to half full. Cover, shake, let set. It can be used as a shampoo too!
Hand-wash your woollies with Pure Soap Flakes
Prepare : Completely dissolve Pure Soap Flakes in a bucket, basin, or sink by pouring a bit of boiling water over a small handful of them. Add cold water and make lukewarm sudsy water.
Launder : Place the wool garment in the lukewarm sudsy water. Move and squeeze the garment gently through the sudsy water. Do not rub or leave to soak, this will fray or weaken the wool fibers. Give extra attention to soiled areas by gently massaging with your fingertips and moving sudsy water through the area until the dirt has lifted. Always support the garment when wet.
Rinse : Thoroughly and completely rinse with clean, lukewarm water. This will take a few, maybe more, exchanges of clean water. Add a ¼ cup of white vinegar in the second to final rinse water to ensure there will be no soap residue by neutralizing any that might remain. Rinse again with clean lukewarm water. Squeeze gently to remove excess water without wringing or twisting to retain the original shape and size of the garment.
Dry : Lay the garment flat on a clean thick towel and roll it up. Apply pressure and squeeze, the towel will act as a blotter., pressing as much of the water out of the garment as possible. Lay the garment flat to air dry on a clean dry towel, dry rack or dry screen. Ease the garment back to its original shape and size. Avoid excessive or direct heat. Do not hang, always dry flat. Never put wet wool in an automatic dryer, it will seriously shrink.
Be careful to NOT use: too hot of water, too much soap, too much rubbing, too much soaking, too much vinegar, too little rinsing, too little love.
Never use bleach or super washing soda on wool, they will damage protein fibers. If you need a bleaching procedure, hydrogen peroxide can be used gingerly. It is a weak acid with strong oxidizing (bleaching) properties. Vinegar and lemon juice can also be used. The minerals in your water, if you have hard (alkaline) water, can also damage wool fibers.
Wool is a protein fiber and attracts critters such as moths. A natural and safe way to repel such a nuisance is to use 100% essential oils such as basil, bay, cedar, eucalyptus, lavender, pennyroyal, rosemary, or tansy.