Monday, December 20, 2010

Try to Make Fabric Softener

RAW MATERIALS:
These can usually be purchased in minimum quantities of half a kilogram or half a liter.
(Note: This is sample idea only from my experience.)

250 grams fabric softener flakes
2 liters + 1 liter distilled or de-ionized water
10 ml ethyl alcohol
10 ml downy fragrance


TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:

wooden or plastic ladle
medium-sized basin (stainless steel or plastic)
kitchen scale,
measuring spoons and cups
gas stove
cooking pot
330 ml PET bottles


PROCEDURE:


Step 1: Boil 2 liters distilled water in a pot.


Step 2: While waiting for the water to boil, crush the fabric softener flakes, either using a mortar and pestle, or, put the flakes in a basin and roll a glass jar over it. Do this until the flakes become powdery.


Step 3: Remove the pot from heat. Pour the powdered fabric softener into the pot. Stir the mixture with a ladle until the powdered fabric softener dissolves completely.


Step 4: Add the ethyl alcohol and the downy fragrance. Mix well.


Step 5: Let the mixture cool for a while, then add another liter of distilled water. Make sure all the substances have thoroughly dissolved.


Step 6: When the mixture has cooled enough, pour it into the PET bottles.


The yield of the fabric softener mixture is 3.27 liters. Using 330-ml bottles, you can produce nine to 10 bottles of fabric softener from it. The shelf life of this fabric softener is one year.


You can add a markup of 40 to 45 percent to the total production cost to determine your selling price.




DO'S AND DON’TS


Use tools exclusively for making fabric softener, not the ones you use for food.


Keep chemicals out of children’s reach.
Use a facemask when processing, especially if you have asthma.
Although the ingredients are safe to use, it is recommended that people with highly sensitive skin wear gloves.

Measure ingredients accurately at all times.

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