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    Powdered seems a lot less work! TY

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    Default Homemade Laundry Soap Questions

    Hi sisters. Sorry I'm cluttering up our boards with my questions. You all just know so much and I have so many questions!

    I've seen several posts about making homemade soap. The recipes all seem to include Fels Naptha soap and "cleaning" soda. I am curious -- what is the difference between "baking" soda and "cleaning" soda? And Fels Naptha -- this is a bar of laundry soap, correct? If so, I know I can get bars on no name laundry soap from my local dollar store for 2/$1. Does it make a difference in the quality of the soap?

    My other question is, I always find powder laundry soap leaves white residue on laundry. I am wondering if this soap does the same thing, or if it washes clean?

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    I use the borax, washing soda and Fel's Naptha soap recipe for my laundry detergent. It only take a tablespoon of this combo to wash a full load of clothes and it has not left a white residue on my clothing at all. I do sometime start the washer with warm water and put the soap in to disolve and then switch over to cold water. Seems to work well for us. I have used other bar soaps in a pinch but found that they did not clean as well as using the Fel's Naptha does.

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    I saw in several places online that people use Ivory Pure as an alternative to the Fels. Anyone ever try this?

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    No, but I use Zote successfully. Zote can either be found in the laundry area or in the Mexican products area, depending on your store.

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    I am looking into making my own. I cannot find Fels Naptha or Zote at any of the stores here so I am planning on just using a bar of Ivory (I have read it works just as well).

    Here's some helpful info....

    http://www.thefrugalshopper.com/arti...etergent.shtml

    http://www.thefrugalshopper.com/articles/FAQs.shtml

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    Any pure soap will work. I use pure soap flakes and it's fine.

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    I use Zote too, works for us and grates easily.

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    A tablespoon..? Maybe I should make my own!

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    I finally found washing soda at United yesterday When I finish off the All clear that I'm using now I'm going to make up a batch and try it. I can't wait!

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    Thanks! I need to make my own too.

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    Default homemade laundry detergent recipe


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    Default The Tale of the Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent *warning...graphic*

    Ok my laundry soap sits on a shelf in a cabinet above my washer. I run in there just now to throw a load into wash, wanting to get back to the puter cuz I'm chatting with a friend. My load of dirty laundry patiently waits for the washer to fill on the dryer as I'm getting my laundry soap out. I've made my first batch of h.m. liquid recently and sure enough it does get gloppy like someone said somewhere in a thread I read about at some point in time. So I'm re-using some huge liquid det. bottles (it took 2 of them for the recipe) to keep my soap in---which I have since realized wasn't a great idea (but I had no plastic buckets at the time). The soap won't come out of the spicket (over my head now ya see) so I open the lid (like you do when you use one of these bottles) to let air in. Still nothing. So I have the cup up under the spicket, both hands in the air and I jiggle the bottle a little (told you it was graphic ). I'm slopping soap out of the cup all over the washer....ggrrrhhh. So I decide to set the cup down and give it a good shake (I'm too lazy to take it out of the cabinet and just pour the soap out of the end with the lid..... ). I do that and guess what happens? The lid pops off, soap shoots (and I don't mean a little) out of the end with the lid all over me ! I mean it's in my face, my hair, down the front of my nightgown, on my robe and the worst of it......in my mouth! Ack! So I stand there trying not to take the Lord's name in vain (my biggest vice is my mouth) putting the clothes in the washer, as I'm soaked with COLD laundry soap all down my front and in my mouth, turning sleeves right side out and straightening Gripey's stinky socks out---never realized how long this process takes. I'm really pretty mad about it at the time. BUT, as I'm brushing my teeth (having washed it off my face and front side-took the wet, slimy gown off) afterwards it occurs to me, I've just had my dirty mouth washed out with soap for the first time that I can ever remember!

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    Well Lisa the next best thing would be to just jump in the washing machine while your doing the laundry. No waste of soap then.

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