homemade laundry soap
  • Ashdawn684Ashdawn684
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    My neighbor made some and went on and on about how awesome it was, well I made my own today.  I am now in love with it!  I have washed all my laundry and sheets today in it, I am definately sold!
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  • Charlotte_SometimesCharlotte_Sometimes
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    Please tell me your recipe!

    I made some using Dr Bronner's lavender castile soap, borax, and washing soda.  I am not sold on it yet.  I'm still using it but I find that I rely on the "regular" soap (I still have about 1/3 of a jug) if something is really dirty or smelly. 

    It's just soooooooo watery, that's my issue I think, and I never feel like I am using "enough".
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  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    i use pure soap flakes, borax and washing soda.  The company I get the soap flakes from also sells a washing powder that costs about $0.25/load to use and I love it.  But I also have the soap flakes to make it myself if I want.

    it's www.puresoapflakes.com I think, if it doesn't work, let me know and I'll look it up
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  • Charlotte_SometimesCharlotte_Sometimes
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    @Bellabefana do you use it dry or make a liquid mixture?   Maybe I'd be happier with a powder version.
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  • Ashdawn684Ashdawn684
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    this is all powder, and I am usually not a fan of powerder but I have been washing EVERYTHING today lol here it is;

    one (4lb 12oz) box of borax

    one (4lb) box of baking soda

    one (55oz) Arm&Hammer super washing soda

    3 bars fels-naptha soap

    2 small containers of oxyclean or store brand works fine

    1 container of downy unstoppables (I use the gain, my neighbor uses the purex crystals)

     

    Mix all the stuff in a container, like I used a rubbermaid container, neighbor used a glass apocathary jar.  Take the bar soap and use a cheese grater and grate it up then just stir around to mix up.  I use 1/2 a cup for each load, it dissolves fine in cold water.  For an HE washer use only 2 tablespoons straight into the drum.  It can all be found in the laundry ilse at walmart or kroger.  It cost about 25 dollars to make but last for well over 6 months

     

     

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  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    mine is dry.  it's a washing powder as opposed to a detergent.
    I also use the Purex crystals, but all that does is make the laundry smell good, it's not necessary.

    Plus, my way, you don't have to grate up bars of soap!!!
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  • Charlotte_SometimesCharlotte_Sometimes
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    this is all powder, and I am usually not a fan of powerder but I have been washing EVERYTHING today lol here it is;

    one (4lb 12oz) box of borax

    one (4lb) box of baking soda

    one (55oz) Arm&Hammer super washing soda

    3 bars fels-naptha soap

    2 small containers of oxyclean or store brand works fine

    1 container of downy unstoppables (I use the gain, my neighbor uses the purex crystals)

     

    Mix all the stuff in a container, like I used a rubbermaid container, neighbor used a glass apocathary jar.  Take the bar soap and use a cheese grater and grate it up then just stir around to mix up.  I use 1/2 a cup for each load, it dissolves fine in cold water.  For an HE washer use only 2 tablespoons straight into the drum.  It can all be found in the laundry ilse at walmart or kroger.  It cost about 25 dollars to make but last for well over 6 months

     

     



    What are downy unstoppables? Too lazy to Google. it.

    mine is dry.  it's a washing powder as opposed to a detergent.

    I also use the Purex crystals, but all that does is make the laundry smell good, it's not necessary.

    Plus, my way, you don't have to grate up bars of soap!!!



    Ditto on the Purex crystals... ?  I have no idea what those are either.  Man I am out of it!   I am trying to avoid chemical "stuff" in favor of natural "stuff".  that's my motivation.  The money saving is good too but not my primary thing.
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  • AutumnAutumn
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    They are fabric softeners @Charlotte_Sometimes
  • LifeofchaosLifeofchaos
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    Im so going to try that!!!! Ive been making homemade Shout and homemade floor cleaner. Thanks for posting the recipe
  • Charlotte_SometimesCharlotte_Sometimes
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    I am clueless, don't watch TV so no commercials, don't look at anything in the laundry aisle besides what I went there for, so I have no idea what's up.
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  • irishlassirishlass
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    Ohh I have been needing this!! I can't afford detergent lately, my clothes aren't getting washed properly cause its being rationed!!
    I remember somewhere someone posting about using vinegar and a grated bar of soap? I need a recipe that I can make like now!
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  • SchweddyBallsSchweddyBalls
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    I've been making/using homemade stuff for 5years now. I should really take the time to calculate the savings.......for the laundry soap ingredients I spent about $19 and that will make enough to clean clothes for a family of 7 for one year. I use scented white vinegar for fabric softner. Bodywash ingredients cost me roughly $10 to make 2 gallons......that's ALOT of bodywash!!!!! I make girly scented and manly scented.......the family thinks I'm fucking nuts but they aren't the ones pocketing all the extra green......SUCKERS!!!!!
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  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    Purex crystals are really all natural..basically sugar and fragrance.  All they do is make your laundry smell nice
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  • Ashdawn684Ashdawn684
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    I love my clothes to smell good, that is why the downt unstoppables, it is not necissary.  By grating the soap I just makes it easy, I have it in a small rubbermade container next to the washer with a 1/2 cup measuring cup so I can put a scoop in each wash.  I am usually the kind that go for convienance, like run in and grab laundry soap and be done, well it took me maybe 30 min at the most to mix it up and grate the soap.  The downy unstoppables, purex crystals, etc, are to which smell is your prefrence, or you can leave it out again its up to you.  It leaves a subtle clean smell.
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  • Charlotte_SometimesCharlotte_Sometimes
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    Okay now I understand the crystals.  Thanks.  I am wondering about dryer sheets though.  I keep hearing how evil they are but we have 3 cats and 2 dogs and I cannot imagine not using them, we'd all be wearing "fur" outfits!
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  • LoveLove
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    For fabric softening (and smelly goody lol) I pour white vinegar on a washrag, and on another washrag, I use a couple drops of essential oils (I use brown sugar, or honeysuckle, or lavendar...all are really subtle), and then throw them in the dryer with the wet clothes. I haven't bought fabric softener (sheets, crystals, or liquid) in a couple years.

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  • Charlotte_SometimesCharlotte_Sometimes
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    Love said:

    For fabric softening (and smelly goody lol) I pour white vinegar on a washrag, and on another washrag, I use a couple drops of essential oils (I use brown sugar, or honeysuckle, or lavendar...all are really subtle), and then throw them in the dryer with the wet clothes. I haven't bought fabric softener (sheets, crystals, or liquid) in a couple years.



    Does this work for lint/fuzz/etc?  The pet hair thing... I am looking at some "magic dryer ball" thing that's supposed to get the hair off but I haven't researched enough to know if it is something I want to use, because I don't know what's in it/how it works.  My DS20 says I am paranoid and ridiculous about it but I am really really trying to eliminate chemicals wherever possible.
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  • LoveLove
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    @Charlotte_Sometimes I don't really know how to answer that! My lint trap on the dryer itself catches all our "fuzz"...
    I haven't had Lily in the house for a while, so I'm not sure on the pet hair!
    I can Google about it, though!

    I wouldn't think that the method I use would do any more to catch pet fur than without it. The vinegar is a natural fabric softener and the essential oils make everything smell good.

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  • jezebeldelilahjezebeldelilah
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    @lifeofchaos you make shout? You have a recipe for that and is it as effective? That's awesome. I use so much of it with dd.
  • MaDhAtMoMmYMaDhAtMoMmY
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    I use white vinegar in every load as a fabric softener/brightener.  It gets rid of the dinge on clothing that soap residue can cause.
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  • Monkeynmoo
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    You can also use any mild hand soap in it to make your clothes smell good! I make he liquid version and I love it! Way cheaper and the liquid recipe costs about 7.00 for the first 6 gallons and then about 1.00/ 6 gallons... For the felshaphta soap. The big products make about 70 gallons!
  • fantasticalmamafantasticalmama
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    I make the dry version. I use cloth diapers for my daughter and if it works wonders on those so after that I was sold to use it for everything. I also noticed that our clothes were a lot softer than when I used regular detergent. I never thought about using the purex crystals... that's a great idea! I see a Walmart trip in our future. I still use a bounce dryer bar, not for softness but anti-static.
  • just_care
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    @ Lifeofchaos, how do you make homemade Shout?
  • SchweddyBallsSchweddyBalls
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    So I took the time to crunch numbers......

    Homemade liquid detergent ~~ $19.44 yearly/ $1.62 monthly
    Vinegar + essential oil ~~ $29.69 yearly/ $2.47 monthly
    (please note, my FIRST bottle of essential oil is STILL half full from 5years ago.......so I've ONLY bought vinegar since then taking total down by $5.95)

    Store bought (we are talking 99¢ store)
    Detergent ~~ $102.40 yearly/ $8.53 monthly
    Fabric softner ~~ $51.20 yearly / $4.26 monthly

    Store bought before I was UBER poor (Tide biatches)
    Detergent ~~ $431.76 yearly/ $35.98 monthly
    Fabric softner ~~ $252.13 yearly/ $21.01 monthly

    ****SAVINGS******
    Homemade vs. 99¢ store = $104.47 yearly
    Homemade vs. High priced store bought = $634.76 yearly

    ........grating two bars of soap per 3 gallon batch of detergent is worth the savings!!!!!

    Edit* forgot to ad tax in homemade prices....oopsies!!!
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  • LifeofchaosLifeofchaos
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    Homemade Stain Remover (Shout)

    2/3 cups Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
    2/3 cups ammonia
    6 Tblsp baking soda
    2 cups warm water
     

    Mix everything together and pour into a spray bottle. I got this one at Wal-Mart for about a buck.

    Before you go to use it…if it’s been sitting for awhile…give it a good shake. it does tend to separate a bit. But after a quick shake it’s good to go.  To use: spray on stains as you normally would.  I usually let mine “soak in” for a few minutes at least.  Then launder as usual.

    I love it!!!! The real deal is sooooo expensive and with 3 messy kids I had to have something that works on the tough stains. The only problem Ive had is sometimes the baking soda will clog the sprayer but I just rinse it out and good to go again. You could even put it in an old dishsoap bottle and just squirt it on.
  • SchweddyBallsSchweddyBalls
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    @Lifeofchaos sooooooooo trying this one!!!!!!! Between Milkdud and Nuknuks footbal stains and the whole in Jordans bottom lip....I need a good spot treatment!!!!!!
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  • MommyFaceMommyFace
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    This is awesome... ^-^ ... I love my tide though... This homemade stuff is comparable really? I'm a cheap skate who enjoys DIY projects, so this would be perfect.
  • SchweddyBallsSchweddyBalls
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    @MommyFace it SERIOUSLY works!!!!!!! Even on nasty ass dog blankets!!!!!! I was a Tide whore for years!!!!!!! I could fund a month loooooong vaycay in the tropics on what I over spent for detergent!!!!!!! I started with the powder version DYI recipe but after trying the liquid I was HOOKED!!!!! I use 1/4 cup on jumbo loads and my clothes are CLEAN!!!! Colors stay brighter, blacks don't fade and EVERYTHING is SOFT!!!!!!! Even jeans I hang out to dry, not stiff and crunchy like regular detergent would leave them.
    Try making a half batch.......1 bar fels, 1/2 cup of borax and washing soda......that will make a gallon and a half.
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  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    Homemade laundry soap is great.  All that crap in commercial detergents sets and stays in your clothes, ruining them over time.  I know this because I sew and collect antique baby clothes.  Natural fiber fabrics should not be washed in detergents.  

    The old Ivory Snow soap flakes is what's recommended by garment archival specialists, but since they don't make it anymore, I had to search for an alternative.  If you want something natural but you don't want to mess with making it yourself, check the website I mentioned earlier.  The laundry soap they make from their soap flakes is so concentrated you only use 1-2 tbsp/load.  If you want to make your own out of their soap flakes, they provide you with recipes and instructions (also to 'amend" their soap, depending on your water, etc.).  They also provide "recipes" for bubble bath, soap, etc.

    They're a super nice lady and her mother in Minnesota, making this stuff out of their garage!  Even their packaging is low tech and eco friendly:  brown paper bags!
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  • Ashdawn684Ashdawn684
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    @mommyface I went from using tide or gain to this stuff and I love it.  The stain removing powers are great also with little red (dd) I have to do something she is so messy!
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  • MommyFaceMommyFace
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    Thanks ladies, where would one find the fels naptha soap? I'm pretty sure that ive never seen it.
  • jezebeldelilahjezebeldelilah
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    @schweddyballs did u post your recipe for laundry soap? My phones being foolish and will not let me see older posts? Oh and your body wash recipe. I need all the money savings I can get right now.
  • SchweddyBallsSchweddyBalls
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    @MommyFace I buy mine at walmart

    @jezebeldelilah

    Laundry Detergent
    2 bars fels naptha
    1 cup Borax
    1 cup washing soda.....NOT baking soda (you can usually find it in the detergent area)

    Grate the fels.....the finer the grate, the quicker it dissolves. Bring 4 cups of water to a soft boil and S.L.O.W.L.Y. add the fels......stirring as you sprinkle it in ( I usually do like a 1/4 cup at a time). Makes sure each 1/4 is completely dissolved befor adding more. Once the fels has all been dissolved, pour the liquid into at least a 3 1/2 gallon bucket. Fill bucket to the three gallon line with HOT water (I usually have boiled water waiting) stirring the whole time. Then add the Borax (all at once is fine) stir till dissolved. Then add the washing soda, stir till dissolved. Cover the bucket and let cool overnight. Now comes the fun part!!!!!! You will find the goopiest goop settled on top.....like ewwwwwie gross!!!! Don't worry, you didn't mess up! !!!! If you have kids who love goo.......get them to help......you have to break it up and stir that stuff up till there are no lumps.....OR break out the potatoe masher and stir/mash til lump free. Transfer to old detergent bottles, milk jugs.....anything you have that you have a secure lid for. Mixture tends to re-solidify (not as bad) so you need to leave room to give it a good shake before each use. 1/4 cup for big load is all you need!!!!

    Body Wash
    2 bars of soap (any kind will work, but AT LEAST use 8 oz)
    8 cups water
    2 tbls glycerine
    1 tbls vit e

    Grate the soap, add all ingredients to pan and over low fire, stir till soap is totally dissolved. If you want to create your own scent, use plain Dove and replace 1/2 of vit e oil with scented essetial oils. Once done cooking, cover and let cool over night. Stir in morning before transfering to empty container. I stretch mine by adding plain water when refilling my bottle in the shower with 1:1 ratio........still suds up when cut down.
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  • SchweddyBallsSchweddyBalls
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    While I'm at it.....

    Homemade Fabreze

    4 cups hot water
    1/2 cup baking soda
    1/4 liquid frabric softner (scent)
    1/2 tsp essential oil (scent)

    Stir till blended, pour into spray bottle. *BOOM* big bottle of Fabreze for less than a dollar!!!!!!

    Making your own essential oil is uber easy too!!!!!!!

    16 oz bottle of grapeseed oil ( find it at any grocery store)
    6 cups of ANY flower you like.......I grow lavender, so lavender it is!!!!

    Poor oil into large pot, add stripped pettles (if using roses, throw the hips in too)
    On LOWEST flame setting possible, heat oil for AT LEAST 6hours. You can also use your oven on "warm" setting. Using a potatoe masher/wooded spoon, mash and "bruise" flowers about every 30 minutes.....stir pot and continue cooking. Let cool when done, then poor oil/flowers thru cheese clothe and store your scented oil in original oil bottle.
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  • AnonUser33
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    Maybe I am nuts but I made homemade laundry soap for a year and a half. I just didn't feel like it got our clothes very clean. Also my huband liked to tell me it had the consistancy of cum so I gagged everytime I used it. Also it discolored the inside of my washing machine which I had just bought and I can't get it out.
  • SchweddyBallsSchweddyBalls
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    Hmmmmm......that pretty muchs sucks!!!!!! Haven't had any of those problems myself.... discolored???? Mine comes out white.....and my tub is enameled white, not sure if its doing anything to my washer......but I do agree, very cum like look!!!!!
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  • irishlassirishlass
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    @schweddyballs you are amazing. I have bookmarked the shit out of this page!
    Also, what's fels naptha?
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  • SchweddyBallsSchweddyBalls
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    @irishlass its a bar soap........old school soap!!!!! If you can't find it......you can use Ivory bars instead.......you just need to make sure to use as close to 11 ounces as possible......can go over a bit, but not under. Have NO clue how to change that to metric for you...... :-/
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  • irishlassirishlass
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    I do ounces! I'm old school ;) thankyou!! Xxx
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  • jezebeldelilahjezebeldelilah
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    @schweddyballs your amazing thanks!! Freeze too! I'm so excited.
  • Charlotte_SometimesCharlotte_Sometimes
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    i use pure soap flakes, borax and washing soda.  The company I get the soap flakes from also sells a washing powder that costs about $0.25/load to use and I love it.  But I also have the soap flakes to make it myself if I want.


    it's www.puresoapflakes.com I think, if it doesn't work, let me know and I'll look it up



    Okay I am sorry if you said this and I missed it... I went to that site, it says 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of flakes per load of wash.  But you are using it with borax and washing soda, right?  So what are your ratios?
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  • cheesehead4ever
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    I use homemade detergent. 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda and 1 bar of Ivory soap grated. Mix together really well. I use 2 tablespoons for any washer. I usually make a triple batch at a time.
  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    @Charlotte_Sometimes:  I use their ratios, I actually bought what they make up there.  They'll send you a sheet with different "recipes" on it...and tell you what component does what...i.e., borax will soften the water, so if you have really hard water, use more of that.

    I wouldn't recommend using Ivory soap...it's not the same as it was when we were kids.  I tried grating it for soap paint.  It's was an unmitigated disaster.  I doesn't have the right consistency, and that may be what gunks up your washing machine.

    The Fels Naphtha soap is very different from Ivory and won't suds like Ivory.  Using Ivory in the new HE washers is going to be like putting liquid dish soap in your dishwasher.  It will also leave a lot of soap residue in your clothes unless you rinse repeatedly.  You haven't saved any money then.
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  • Ashdawn684Ashdawn684
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    The stuff I made doesnt suds up hardly at all, which at first I was worried about but I also noticed my clothes didnt feel gummy (Idk how to explain it) like the soap wasnt washed out good or something.  I just packaged some to send to Florida to my mom, so she can try it.  Trying it was selling it for me.  I hated to get all the stuff and then hate it!
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  • unforgivenunforgiven
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    I wish I wasn't so lazy to do these handy dandy homemade things.

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  • sidsmommy3sidsmommy3
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    My sister swears by the homemade laundry soap!  I may need to try it!
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  • AutumnAutumn
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    Hmmm..  Pretty sure DF won't sponsor this, but if I promised to split the product with my mom she'd probably pay.  :-?
  • chickenlady60
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    I have been using homemade laundry soap for several months and I will never go back to the bought stuff.  It is so easy to make and I love the way way clothes smell clean ... not covered up with all kind of fake smells.  I also use just a glug of vinegar in the rinse cycle and my clothes are softer than I can ever remember with any commercial product.

    My recipe is 1 c washing soda, 1 c borax, 1/2 c baking soda, 1 bar fels naptha (grated fine)
    I mix it all up in a gallon baggie and store it in a large bowl with a lid.
    I use about 2-3 tablespoons per load and my clothes come out clean, bright and nice smelling!
    If I want to add a smell, I will put in a little lavender essential oil - especially with bedding because it is calming.

                                      
  • Charlotte_SometimesCharlotte_Sometimes
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    @chickenlady60 Is there any concern with the fels naptha and toxins or whatever?  I googled it but didn't really find out much. 

    @Autumn  the borax and washing soda are soooo cheap and they have so many other uses!
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  • cheesehead4ever
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    For those saying that Ivory will clog up my washer, my question is this.... The main reason I started making my own laundry soap is due to my daughter's severe eczema.  Making my own soap has made a world of difference for her skin.  Wouldn't Fels Naptha irritate her skin more?  The label itself says to avoid prolonged contact with skin.

    By the way, I haven't noticed any residue in my washer or on my clothing in the last two years of using homemade laundry soap with Ivory.