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    I know what Borax is, but is washing powder the same thing or different. Will someone please post what it is called on the box and maybe a brand name. I have seen this posted about before, but dont have a clue as to what it is.

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    Originally posted by mrscornbread
    I know what Borax is, but is washing powder the same thing or different. Will someone please post what it is called on the box and maybe a brand name. I have seen this posted about before, but dont have a clue as to what it is.

    Robin,

    the washing soda is actually called SUPER WASHING SODA (says that on the box) and is made by Arm & Hammer.

    It's rather hard to find Super wal-mart doesn't evn carry it....lol. There;'s a local store here that carries it for $1.99 a box.


    you can go to the arm and hammer website and find out the nearest store to you that sells it.

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    Someone help!!! I made a batch of hm laundry soap (powdered) using Ivory instead of Fels Naptha... anyway, it worked great! But, the last load had a ton of soap residue on it - I ended up rinsing twice and one t-shirt ws still covered.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? It was just the last little bit, so I'm wondering if maybe there was just too much soap in that part. Has this happened to anyone else?

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    Default Article: Homemade Laundry Detergent

    Save hundreds of dollars per year using these recipes!

    Included are 3 liquid recipes, a powdered recipe, tips, and instructions about where to find ingredients.

    Liquid Laundry Detergents

    Recipe #1

    3 Pints Water
    1/3 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
    1/2 Cup Washing Soda
    1/2 Cup Borax
    2 Gallon Bucket
    1 Quart Hot Water
    Cold Water

    Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 Gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.


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    Recipe #2

    1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap
    1/2 Cup Washing Soda
    1/2 Cup Borax
    2 Tablespoons Glycerin
    2 Gallons Hot Water (NOTE: This recipe originally called for 2 Cups Water)

    Mix all three ingredients together. Add glycerin and water.
    Use 1/2 - 3/4 cup per load. Best when used with cold or warm water.


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    Recipe #3

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    1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
    5 Gallon Bucket
    1 Cup Washing Soda
    4 1/2 Gallons Hot Water

    Place grated soap in a small saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water, and add soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and mix well. As it cools it will thicken. May be used immediately. Use 1-2 cups per load.


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    Powdered Laundry Detergent

    1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap
    1/2 Cup Washing Soda
    1/2 Cup Borax

    For light load, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.


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    TIPS

    • Liquid detergent can also be used as a pretreater for stains.

    • Ivory Soap, Deodorant Soap, and Beauty Bars can be substituted for the Fels Naptha Soap.

    • Essential Oils can be added to soap for fragrance.

    • More Tips Here


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    WHERE TO FIND INGREDIENTS

    Fels-Naptha® Laundry Soap Bar: Made by the Dial Soap Company, so any store that carries Dial should be able to get it for you. If they carry it, it will be found in the bar soap or laundry soap aisle at your regular supermarket. It is usually on the bottom shelf. If you can't find it in your area, try Ivory Soap instead.

    Super Washing Soda: Washing Soda can be found on the laundry detergent aisle of your supermarket. It comes in a 55-ounce yellow box. Baking soda SHOULD NOT be used in place of washing soda. They are completely different products, although they are both made by Arm & Hammer.

    Borax: One brand name is 20 Mule Team® Borax. It is also found on the laundry detergent aisle.

    For more information about these products, and where to find them, click here.

    Try these recipes today - have fun and save money!
    If you have any questions about these recipes, visit The Frugal Shopper.com or write to Sandy at [email protected].


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    I use homemade laundry soap and it work very well for pennies a bottle.........
    I use 1 bar of REGULAR bar soap (I even use up those little pieces in the tub) grate, melt on the stove in water, add 2 cups of washing soda, 2 cups of borax, and mix, pour between 4 empty bottles and add enough hot water to fill, allow to cool and thicken......

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    bumping ... has anyone else tried these recipes for homemade soap? I want to try the powdered.

    isaacsmommy, did you ever find out what happened??

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    I've had that happen with commercial soap... While the tub is filling, add the soap and allow it to desolve before adding your cloths.......

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    Using vinegar in the rinse would also help get rid of soap residue. I think I heard of that somewhere...I know I always use it...

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    Lucie, I have heard of doing that, but never tried because I don't know how much to use. How much do you add, and during what cycle??

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    Default Question on making Laundry Detergent

    Ok...I got a recipe off the net somewhere...my question...how long to "cook" the ingredients to get it to thicken? or does it thicken as it cools or does it thicken at all?

    1/3 bar Fels Naptha grated
    1/2 c. borax
    1/2 c. WASHING SODA not baking...hehehe

    2pints water w/ F.N....heat til melted add other ingredients...cook on low until thicken??????

    Put in 2 gal bucket ...add hot water to full. Let cool 24 hrs.

    Now I followed directions as best I could and when it wasn't thick this a.m., I put it back on to cook for a bit...it's cooling again. HELP!!

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    LOL.

    Graci, it should thicken in the bucket as it cools. I have used the Naptha soap but I get better results using pure laundry soap. I also use 1 cup borax and 1 cup washing soda and I get a perfect wash.

    Grate the soap into a saucepan of water and stir it until the soap dissolves over the heat of your stove. Then remove it from the stove, add it to your bucket, add the other stuff and stir it for a couple of minutes until everything is dissolved, and then leave it. It should thicken while it cools and be as thick as regular laundry liquid the next day.
    Good luck.

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    TY...made some adjustments to the mix and will check the results tomorrow!

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    Turned out well! THANKS! BETHANY!

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    I found this recipe for hm powdered detergent on another site I visit. It got very good reviews I tried the liquid once and didn't like it much , it never really gelled for me

    Hm powdered Laundry detergent
    1 box of borax
    1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
    1 bar of soap, grated (can use Dial, Ivory, Felsnaptha, or Zote)

    Combine all ingredients and store in a container.

    To use:
    2 tbsp per load of laundry

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    Thanks! I will be trying these recipes very soon!

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