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    Well I'm still trying to find a recipe that will bring dh work clothes clean...atm I'm still using the Members Mark {Sam's Club store brand} liquid detergent because none of the homemade versions seem to get his clothes really clean.

    I've used both the powdered & liquid versions with both the Fels Naptha & Zote but neither seem to do the job?

    Any suggestions or advice would *reeeeally* be appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheles2kids View Post
    Well I'm still trying to find a recipe that will bring dh work clothes clean...atm I'm still using the Members Mark {Sam's Club store brand} liquid detergent because none of the homemade versions seem to get his clothes really clean.

    I've used both the powdered & liquid versions with both the Fels Naptha & Zote but neither seem to do the job?

    Any suggestions or advice would *reeeeally* be appreciated!
    I'd suggest trying the recipe at the top of this thread. The recipe I've used before calls for a lot less Washing Soda and Borax. I think the increase would help make the formula more effective.

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    Lol, well I guess if you make the time to do it, than home mage DIY detergent is the best way to go. I guess it's definitely an incentive to save money that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ereplacementparts View Post
    Lol, well I guess if you make the time to do it, than home mage DIY detergent is the best way to go. I guess it's definitely an incentive to save money that way.
    It makes me at the most 15 minutes to make a 5 gallon bucket of homemade laundry soap. It is very worth it.
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    I had trouble with my latest batch of liquid laundry soap not jelling. It was still watery after several days..so I made the base for another batch and let it boil for several minutes then just added it all to the room temp batch. It might be too strong now, but at least the texture seems more correct.

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    I am bumping this post because it has almost been a year when I declared no more commercial soap.
    I am still making my own soap. I make a lot of it so I don't run out. My clothes are soft, clean and no odors. I have no fading and my clothes don't look dingy or old looking. I will continue to make it. Also, my daughter in college only uses this HM laundry detergent.
    I have saved a lot of $$ as I don't need to go down that laundry aisle anymore.

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    I have always used powder and then made it into a liquid right before I did laundry. I finally made a batch of liquid. I am loving it. It is so nice to just do a load of clothes and not worry about making sure the soap is made into a liquid. I bought some bayrum essential oil and I am thinking of adding a few drops to the next batch of laundry soap to make it smell way yummy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zakity View Post
    I have always used powder and then made it into a liquid right before I did laundry. I finally made a batch of liquid. I am loving it. It is so nice to just do a load of clothes and not worry about making sure the soap is made into a liquid. I bought some bayrum essential oil and I am thinking of adding a few drops to the next batch of laundry soap to make it smell way yummy.
    I have a bunch of powder ready. What do I do to make it a liquid?

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    I would zap some water in the microwave and mix in the powder and stir. I would let it sit until it was all disolved.
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    I did 4 loads of laundry yesterday with the powder hm soap and i was very pleased with how everthing came out didn't use no bleach in towels and wash rags and they actually looked cleaner then when i use bleach and store bought detergent.My daughter had tried it out on greasy clothes that friend had wore to work and was well pleased with how it got the grease out.I have probably a year supply of store bought but i will alternate between that and hm until i use it all up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheles2kids View Post
    Well I'm still trying to find a recipe that will bring dh work clothes clean...atm I'm still using the Members Mark {Sam's Club store brand} liquid detergent because none of the homemade versions seem to get his clothes really clean.

    I've used both the powdered & liquid versions with both the Fels Naptha & Zote but neither seem to do the job?

    Any suggestions or advice would *reeeeally* be appreciated!
    I thought I would do a 'follow-up' with this post.
    I was determined not to give up on this, considering how much money I could save over the long haul.

    I have found the perfect mix for me & Mike's dirty work clothes. ;o)

    I used the OP's original recipe with the Zote soap instead of the Fels...but I also add in a cup of an Oxygen cleaner...I use the 'off' brand by Sun but it works just as well as the name brand one.

    And when I add in my powdered detergent, I start my water off on 'hot' until everything is fully dissolved, this usually takes about 3 inches or so of water in my top-loader.
    Then I just switch over to warm or cold depending on which load I'm washing.

    Oh & if anybody is having problems locating the Zote brand soap? Just stop in at your local Hispanic market, they will have it. Mine carries both the white & pink.

    Another thing I'd also like to mention is...my teen is working part-time at our local DQ & he works in the kitchen, and his work clothes smell sooo bad from all of the grease that they work with.
    I had tried everything to get the smell out of his work clothes & NOTHING worked *until* I started using this, the homemade detergent is the only thing that I've found that will take that smell out...thank goodness!

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    Oh & another thing that I thought I'd mention...the biggest difference that I've found between using the powdered vs. the liquid.

    The liquid is already dissolved, so it's easier to use, for me, in cold water.

    But then again, the powdered is soo much easier to store & use, so using my "running hot water till it's dissolved" technique works just fine for me. It only takes me a couple mins. longer so it's not a big deal really.

    What kind of containers are folks using for the powdered? I'm finding that mine can get kinda 'clumpy' before I'm able to use it all up, I make a double batch each time.
    Right now I'm keeping mine in a left-over, take-out, plastic, Chinese soup container.

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    So this is my version.

    I use an Ivory soap bar-it's cheap and I have a baby and a kid with eczema so scents are not a necessity for me. I make the bar into a powder by-NOT grating it, but MICROWAVING it. Microwaving dries out the bar and makes it puff up into a big cloud. Then I just rub chunks of the puff between my palms and voila! Powder! You cannot do this with bars heavy on the moisturizers. Please note-it does powder very fine. use a mask if the dust bothers you or I powder it in a bag now. Seems to do the trick.

    I use:
    1 bar Ivory soap, powdered
    1 cup Borax
    1 cup Washing Soda
    1 cup Oxy Clean
    1 cup baking soda (I used cloth diapers and found this to be helpful-you can buy a huge bag at Sam's for fairly cheap!)

    use 2 Tbs for a reg load.
    Obviously, you can double, triple, etc to suit your needs. I usually just make a batch very 6 weeks (family of 5, and with a baby, I tend to wash clothes all day long it seems)

    Happy Washing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheles2kids View Post

    I used the OP's original recipe with the Zote soap instead of the Fels...but I also add in a cup of an Oxygen cleaner...I use the 'off' brand by Sun but it works just as well as the name brand one.

    Oh & if anybody is having problems locating the Zote brand soap? Just stop in at your local Hispanic market, they will have it. Mine carries both the white & pink.
    Our local Walmart supercenter carries both Fels-Naptha and Zote, I noticed the Zote bars are much larger than the FN, do you use the whole bar or just a portion of it in your recipe?

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    I stored the dry laundry detergent in a large washed out peanut butter container.

    My liquid laundry detergent goes in an old 5 gallon bucket that had paint in it and an old kitty litter bucket. I bought a bunch of cheap landry detergent for the bottles. Once they are empty, I plan on putting the homemade in the bottles to keep in the house and store the buckets in the garage. The bottles will fit on the shelf and they look nicer. The buckets took up "real estate" in my tiny kitchen and looked junky.
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