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    Default homemade laundry soap

    Ingredients

    2 cups washing soda (available at supermarket)
    2 cup baking soda (try scenting with 10 drops sweet orange essential oil)
    2 cup finely grated soap or 1 cup soap flakes

    Instructions
    Blend all ingredients in a heavy plastic container. Use a 1/2 cup for each load of laundry



    This amount should cover about 10 loads of laundry-taking into consideration a little extra for larger machines.



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    Question Do you make your own laundry detergent?

    If so, how do you like it, and can you post your favorite "recipe"? I haven't tried this yet for fear of it not working well, and I'd love to try making some and see if I can fool my dh.

    Chelle

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    I tried to do this a couple of years ago and the results were not great. It was supposed to be a gel, but it ended up being water with yellow chunks floating in it. :yuck: I don't remember the exact recipe I used but I know it had ivory soap and fels napa soap in it.

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    Red face Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

    1/3 bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Soap
    1/2 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
    1/2 cup od Borax, 20 Mule Team
    Water to make recipe

    Grate 1/3 bar of soap. Put in 6 cups of very hot water in pan & heat soap it it dissolves. Stir in wash soda & borax. Stir till it gets thick, about 15 minutes & the mix looks sort of like honey. Take off heat. In large bucket pour 1 guart of hot water & stir in the soap mix you just made & blend. Add another 5 1/2 quarts of water, it can be cold, blend. You will have 2 gallons.
    Set aside for 24 hours. It should turn to a thick gel. If it doesn't just shake it before you use it to mix it up & it will still work.
    Use 1/2 cup of soap for machine load of clothes. This soap does not have suds.

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    Thanks for posting this! I have always wanted to give homemade laundry soap a try, but I've never gotten up the nerve.

    Do you use a special pan for mixing just this laundry soap? And where can I find washing soda and the Fels bar soap?

    Thanks
    Chelle

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    The Fels bar soap you buy where you buy your regular bath soap & the washing soda & Borax is where the laundry soap is. At least that is where it in in the store I go too. I hope this helps. yes I use a special pan for cooking this in, it get really soapy. Keep a eye on it cause if you don't turn the heat down it will boil over. After the 24 hours are up, I put it in gallon plastic milk jugs that I have saved. Gee, I didn't realize I left so much out. Good Luck & let me know if you like it.

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    chelle~ Here is some info about Fels Naptha and washing soda (where to purchase and what to substitute or where to call if your local stores don't sell these products)........


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



    Here are 3 different *recipes* for making a homemade liquid detergent and one *recipe* for making a homemade powdered detergent.............

    http://www.thefrugalshopper.com/articles/detergent.html

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    Question ANyone have a great hm laundry det recipe?

    I"m looking for one.I curently use the big bucket from sam's wind something or other.But wanted to try one out.

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    I currently use 1 box of Super Wahing Soda with 1 box of Borax. Use only 2 Tbsps. for one load of wash. This works well.

    For removing tuff stains I use 1 cup Clorox 2 and 1 cup Cascade. Mix together in hot tap water overnight and wash in washer in the morning. For best results hang out in the sun. This does work. I had some baby dresses that a consignment shop would not take, so I used this and they looked new and turned around and sold them at our thrift store on base for three times what she would have given me at the consignment shop.

    I believe I got both of these out of the TWG. They do work.

    Beth

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    here are some recipes for laundry detergent. i have used these & they do work.
    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
    Hot 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.



    Recipe #2

    1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap
    1/2 Cup Washing Soda
    1/2 Cup Borax
    2 Tablespoons Glycerin
    2 Gallons 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.



    Recipe #3

    Water
    1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
    5 Gallon Bucket
    1 Cup Washing Soda
    4 1/2 Gallons 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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    I have a recipe for powdered hm laundry detergent that uses fels naptha or other grated soap, borax and baking soda. If you want powdered detergent I will be happy to post it

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    Default Homemade Laundry soap .......

    This would be great for those of you that got good deals on bar soap lately.......

    Liquid Laundry Detergents


    Recipe #1

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

    Mix bar 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.


    Recipe #2

    1 Cup Grated bar Soap
    1/2 Cup Washing Soda
    1/2 Cup Borax
    2 Tablespoons Glycerin
    2 Gallons 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.

    Recipe #3

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    1 Bar Soap, Grated
    5 Gallon Bucket
    1 Cup Washing Soda
    4 1/2 Gallons 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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    What is washing soda?
    I see lots of things that call for Borax... I've never bought it. Is it expensive?

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    I buy borax and it's not expensive..... Washing soda is diferent than baking soda..... Glycerin is expensive, but i doubt that it is really essensial to the recipe # 2........

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    I cannot find washing soda in my area. What is the difference between washing and baking soda? I can buy a very large box of baking soda (I mean like 5 lbs or so) at Sam's and on it says baking soda for baking, laundry, etc.....? I'm soooo confused!

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