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    I make my own laundry soap... I add a bit more because my husband gets very dirty..... the boys did too!


    Powder Laundry Soap

    1 cup of borax
    1 cup of washing soda
    1 bar of soap grated (I use Zote)
    Use 1-2 Tbsp. per load.

    to this I add
    1 cup Biz
    1 cup Oxi-Clean

    For our dirty clothes it works great!

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Zote-Soap-14-1-oz/dp/B0026LA91Q/ref=sr_1_cc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306725901&sr=1-1-catcorr"]Amazon.com: Pink Zote Soap 14.1 oz: Home & [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41WH%[email protected]@[email protected]@41WH%2BAGYy4L[/ame]

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    any bar soap can be used, of course Fels Naptha , Zote and others are made for laundry, but if you have sensitive skin use what you use for bath soap.

    Ivory
    Colgate Octagon
    Pure and Natural
    Zest
    Kirk's Castile Soap
    Dr. Bonner's Castile Soap (Australia, England, Japan, US, Canada)
    Zote Soap
    Lever 2000
    Sunlight Bar Soap
    Lirio

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Bronner-Citrus-Castile-Liquid/dp/B001AOZ78A/ref=sr_1_cc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1306725966&sr=1-2-catcorr"]Amazon.com: Dr. Bronner - Citrus Castile Liquid Soap, 32 fl oz liquid: [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21h-K%[email protected]@[email protected]@21h-K%2BPSVxL[/ame]

    Use what you have on hand!

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    Homemade detergent functionality will depend on the type of water you have. If you have soft water vs hard water or where in between will determine to results. For us, we have hard water and find it leaves everything dingy.

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    linking like threads together

    [ame="https://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110732"]The cost of homemade laundry detergent - Frugal Village Forums[/ame]

    [ame="https://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/showthread.php?t=112841"]Powder or Liquid Laundry Soap?? - Frugal Village Forums[/ame]

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    FYI,

    We found washing soda at the local hardware store. Apparently, some of the hunters use it on pelts!

    JD

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    Thanks! I am going to look for the washing soda at my Publix. I though I found it at Walmart, but it was baking soda.

    Thanks Again.

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    The washing soda will be in the laundry section of a store. The Arm and Hammer box looks alot like the small box used for cooking. Same yellow color, same emblem, just bigger in size and in the laundry section.

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    I use homemade laundry soap intermittenly (depending on how lazy I am if I'm out) but always keep a bottle of liquid store bought. If I notice that a load of say, work clothes is really dirty, I'll use the store bought. And if things are looking a little dingy I'll use store bought plus some oxiclean (which I will use with home made depending on the need) or dry bleach or borax added. I've used it for a few years now and my clothes always look great. I don't have little kids though and didn't use it when I did (didn't know about it then...when I needed it the most).

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Borax-Natural-Laundry-Multi-Purpose-Household/dp/B000R4LONQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306726020&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: 20 Mule Team Borax Natural Laundry Booster & Multi-Purpose Household Cleaner 76 oz (2.15 kg): Health & Personal [email protected]@[email protected]@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/[email protected]@[email protected]@51NBYlQS8ZL[/ame]

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    If you have trouble finding Washing Soda, check a store that carries swimming pool supplies for Sodium Carbonate to use instead. It's also less expensive.

    If you make the liquid version of homemade detergent, ZOTE soap is less expensive than Fels Naptha and also contains optical brightners that will make the laundry appear "cleaner" and "brighter". The citronella scent is also nice.

    If you make the powdered version, additions of Cascade Dishwashing Detergent and/or OxiClean may aid cleaning for those of you with hard water - BUT, that also adds to the cost.

    Caution using cold water for washing... If your water is too cold, your homemade detergent won't work.

    Water Temperature Recommendations

    HOT (120-140 degrees F.) - white and heavily soiled colorfast items

    WARM (85-105 degrees F.) - most loads

    COLD (65-75 degrees F.) - only very bright colors with light soil

    Cold water below 65 degrees F. is not recommended for washing.

    NOTE: Detergent manufacturers and care labels define cold water as 80-85 F. If the temperature of water in the tub is too cold for your hands, the detergent will not activate and clean effectively.
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    For fabric softener, I find a mixture of equal parts vinegar to water works just fine for me. I used to use straight vinegar, but then I found that half as much was just as effective. Win-win!

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    Thank you for posting this. I plan on getting all the ingredients this week.

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    I use this recipe! And I think it's great! It does make the 10 gallons as stated...because the initial 5 gallons is then diluted in half as you make batches up in your containers! I think the smell is great, it's clean and fresh, and my clothes come out clean. I still find it a little weird it doesn't suds up...but I'll get over it...and you can't beat the price!! I get all the ingredients right at my Local Price Chopper(chain grocery store) because most other stores in my area don't carry the ingredients. I try and get a stockpile of the ingredients....since they don't seem to be a "popular" item...I'm afraid one of these days they will stop selling it...so I have about 4 bars of the FelsNaptha soap on hand and extra washing soda...Borax is easy to find and I don't think that will be discontinued or anything...But I highly recommend trying it to anyone who hasn't yet!

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    -Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)



    I don't understand that sentence. My soap dispenser is in my washer, so how can I add water and SHAKE? Is it suppose to say laundry soap jug?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grainlady View Post

    Caution using cold water for washing... If your water is too cold, your homemade detergent won't work.
    I start every load with HOT water. In an empty machine I start the water then add my hm soap. After the bottom of my washer is full is usually when I can change to my cold water. All works well after that.

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    you have a top loader? I don't know if that would work on my front end loader.

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