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    I just read a recipe online you mix 7 cups of water with 1 cup of Dawn dishsoap and use it with the Tide measuring cup for each load. I dont know if its cost worthy, but I want to try it! I do have greasy clothes, so this might help. Also, One would have to play around with the **amount** measured for each load. The Tide measuring cap could be way too much! Frugally, one would want to use the least amount possible that would still do the job.

    I also read about using 2 tsp of Ajax for laundry detergent, so you could try the same with Dawn using 1 or 2 tsp per load.


    Equal amounts of Ammonia, Dawn, and Water are supposed to be really good for stains too.

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    Interesting. Let us know how it turns out. You would think there would be alot of bubbles. It would be great for DH's greasy clothes from the shop.
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    I am thinking that this would be great for DH's "play" clothes. He works on the car and does other oily and smelly things out in his shop.
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    I am anxious to follow this topic! Post your results, please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbsgirl View Post
    I just read a recipe online you mix 7 cups of water with 1 cup of Dawn dishsoap and use it with the Tide measuring cup for each load. I dont know if its cost worthy, but I want to try it! I do have greasy clothes, so this might help. Also, One would have to play around with the **amount** measured for each load. The Tide measuring cap could be way too much! Frugally, one would want to use the least amount possible that would still do the job.
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    not sure if this would be a savings, though...
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    Ok, from dollar general I just bought Ultra Concentrated Dawn the other day. IT cost me 1.35 + tax for 10.3 oz. Which is around 55 cents for 1/2 cup Dawn. I will post more on amounts soon as I exermemint... on amounts ect. People have said Dawn works as a pre-treat for stains, so maybe as a laundry detergent it would keep the stains down...

    If you doubled the 55 cents would be around 1.10 for 1 cup of Dawn to 7 cups water in the recipe. Lets say you use 1/8 cup per load would be a respectable cost of 1.7 cents per load. Even 1/4 cup per load would be 3.4 cents per load. The 1.7 cents per load is cheap detergent, even at 3.4 cents per load is pretty good.

    That is just figures, I will try it soon and let you know how the 1/8 cup or 1/4 cup work out whether it is too much soap, not enough, or just right.

    Also I read that using vinegar in the rinse when you use this seems to help cut the soap ect...or whatever.

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    I have tried it it works in a pinch if you have run out of laundry soap, it did not get the clothes as clean, I have used this method when I am out and the stores are closed.

    It seems to be more water and bubbles then anything else.

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    When I still had a regular top loading washing machine, I would put a few drops of Dawn in with the detergent to get some of the oily smell out of DH work clothes. ((He's a auto mechanic)) Worked pretty good, but now that I've got this HE machine, I haven't tried it...little leery about that one.

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    Great idea. Ds is washing the cover for his futon mattress he's had for year. I don't remember it ever being washed before?

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    We use liquid dish soap as a pretreater for food drips on our clothing. It generally works and is much gentler than Spray and Wash.

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    I ran out of regular liquid laundry detergent (I don't have a washing machine so I hand wash everything) about a week ago and since then I've been using cheap store brand dish soap. It works fine. Maybe the clothes aren't as clean but we don't get our clothes dirty - DH is a teacher and I'm a housewife, so we're not covered in oil or anything hehe. I certainly don't think they aren't clean, they smell good, look good.

    We're moving in 15 days (aaahhh!!!! LOL) and I just don't see the point in buying a whole bottle of detergent for two weeks and then having to move it with everything else. "Use what you have" is my mantra these days

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalwarrior2 View Post
    Great idea. Ds is washing the cover for his futon mattress he's had for year. I don't remember it ever being washed before?
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    I have tried to spot treat with Dawn dishsoap but never tried using it as detergent. I did however try to use it as a dishwasher detergent with some very bad results. I would only assume that the same would occur in the washing machine.

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    Well I am using the new Dawn Stain recipe
    (1 cup water, 1 cup Dawn, 1 cup Ammonia) in place of the expensive Oxyclean!!!!!!!!

    When I used the Dawn that was not concentrated I just used 1 part dawn, 1 part Ammonia! Much cheaper than Oxyclean!

    Grease is one of the main stain problems in our household. Grease and grasstain!

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