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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!
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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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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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!
I've seen this "method" mentioned around Pinterest...the microwaving the Ivory soap bar, that is.
Those pictures amaze me everytime I see one...lol.

Thank-you for sharing your take on it...I love seeing the different variations, especially the addition of the baking soda.
I've been known to add some into my water before but never really thought about just adding some into my mix. I like using it for those stinky kitchen dish towels...oh & socks!:toothy:
 

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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?
No mam...the Zote bars are just a teeny bit smaller than 3x the size of the Fels-Naptha...so I just adjust accordingly.

I am still using the recipe that I posted above but just make a larger batch so that I can go ahead and use up my entire bar...not that it would hurt to just cut it into 3rds & save the rest for another couple of batches. But I figure while I'm in the middle of having to shred up the soap I might as well make up a larger batch to last awhile.

Thank-you for sharing about finding the Zote at Wal-mart...I have read that alot of people are finding it at their local stores but for some reason or another ours still doesn't carry it.

That's okay...we have 3 Hispanic stores in town that I can purchase it from...I also have read that some people prefer the Fels-Naptha to the Zote because it isn't "Made in the U.S.A."...and I totally respect their opinions.

I think we all do what we can do...and for now I buy the Zote because 1} It's cheaper than the Fels-Naptha.
2} I like the scent better.

Would I buy Fels-Naptha again? Well sure I would...I have nothing personal against it, but for now Zote is what I use & have been happy with so far.:flowers:
 

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I tried making the homemade detergent one time, and me & dh broke out in a rash! (We rarely have skin issues) I have an idea it was the Fels-Naptha. Maybe I will try the recipe again, but with Ivory or Zote.

I was also considering making it just to stretch the store bought detergent, by mixing it together.

I'm currently trying a 'cheap' brand detergent instead of a pricier brand. Any opinions on how these stack up? I think what I bought is Xtra. We used to use Tide or Gain.
 

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I know people who have issues with soap who use Dr Bonner's in their laundry soap instead of cheaper bars. They know they won't react to Dr Bonner's.
 

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I tried making the homemade detergent one time, and me & dh broke out in a rash! (We rarely have skin issues) I have an idea it was the Fels-Naptha. Maybe I will try the recipe again, but with Ivory or Zote.

I was also considering making it just to stretch the store bought detergent, by mixing it together.

I'm currently trying a 'cheap' brand detergent instead of a pricier brand. Any opinions on how these stack up? I think what I bought is Xtra. We used to use Tide or Gain.
I use Xtra or Sun, both are inexpensive and give good results, I am going to try making some hm detergent also, and alternate between the two to stretch it out.
 

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Interesting thread.

Had thought about making homemade detergent but I don't have the room to store (only have a laundry closet) and I live alone and only do about 4 loads per week. Don't want to invest in making soap and not like it or not have it work and for how much saved for a single person over the course of the year?

I do use a cheaper brand like Purex or Sun or something like that. I do use the Sun Oxyclean. I get good results with these and they are SO MUCH CHEAPER than Tide.

Any thoughts on if this is smart for me to do moneywise? I really don't want to invest in making soap if it's not going to save me that much.

Thanks.
 

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I started to make my own again but I switched to Zote. Fels naptha was making our sensitive areas burn! I find that Zote gets the clothes much cleaner. I use a whole bar and one cup each of the borax and washing soda. I fill one laundry soap bottle and then pour my excess into rinsed out cat litter jugs for storage. That way when I start to get low on soap, I have a clean bucket to make more. I have also added some essential and fragrance oils and I find that fragrance oils leave more scent than essentials do.
 

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I know people who have issues with soap who use Dr Bonner's in their laundry soap instead of cheaper bars. They know they won't react to Dr Bonner's.
I use Dr Bronners in mine or my homemade organic soap. Love the homemade dry mix I make. :)
 

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Interesting thread.

Had thought about making homemade detergent but I don't have the room to store (only have a laundry closet) and I live alone and only do about 4 loads per week. Don't want to invest in making soap and not like it or not have it work and for how much saved for a single person over the course of the year?

I do use a cheaper brand like Purex or Sun or something like that. I do use the Sun Oxyclean. I get good results with these and they are SO MUCH CHEAPER than Tide.

Any thoughts on if this is smart for me to do moneywise? I really don't want to invest in making soap if it's not going to save me that much.

Thanks.
Well as for not wanting to invest in spending the extra money to try it out...I can completely understand this.

But I thought that I would mention that both the Borax & Washing Soda can just be added to your regular laundry detergent to 'boost' it's washing abilities.
Also I believe that Borax can also be used to clean other areas around your house, other than just laundry.

As for the Fels-Naptha or Zote, both of these bars can be used for stain treatments directly on the fabrics.
I've read that alot of people just keep a bar of these for that particular reason.

So in other words if you buy the items and make a small batch & then realize that you don't care for it, you can always use up the ingredients for other applications. Just another thought to consider.:ponder:
 

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Ivory soap

I use a bar of Ivory soap that has been sitting out overnight or for a couple of days to dry out, cut it up in chunks with a knife, and process it along with the powders in my food processor until it's a fine powder.
Alternatively you can put a bar of ivory soap in the microwave and it will fluff up in 90 seconds. This is especially fun if you have young kids.... a psuto science project !
 

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I made homemade laundry detergent and I am so happy with it that I am not going back to commerical detergent again.
I can already tell that I have saved $$ cause I usually buy detergent every month. Well, 2 months have gone and I still have lots of my homemade laundry detergent. It has gotten out old stains.
I used the following:
1 bar Fels Naptha grated
2 cups of Borax
2 cups of Washing soda.

I use it as a powder. Keep it in a container. I used 2 tablespoons for my top loader washing machine.
I use white vinegar in my rinse cycle.
I am a nurse and get some "weird" stains.....blood, urine, poop, vomit, and anything else when it comes to working in the ER.
My uniforms look great.
I did this for a while and noticed that my clothes were smelly. It seems to work better if you are using hot water as opposed to cold. Since, I use mostly cold water on my laundry except for my sheets and towels, I use the cheapest brand I can find in the largest amount and I use the homemade laundry soap as a "booster." It works great together. No smelly laundry and everything is very clean.
 

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I did this for a while and noticed that my clothes were smelly. It seems to work better if you are using hot water as opposed to cold. Since, I use mostly cold water on my laundry except for my sheets and towels, I use the cheapest brand I can find in the largest amount and I use the homemade laundry soap as a "booster." It works great together. No smelly laundry and everything is very clean.
I've been making my own laundry soap for years. The formula is 1 bar grated Fels Naptha 1 cup Borax and 1 cup washing soda. Never had a problem with odors in my laundry, even the dh's gym clothes come out clean and I only wash in cold water. If you do 2 cups of the borax and washing soda it may be too diluted. You also need to allow for proper agitation and don't overfill the washer. This formula is non sudsing so the clothes need to have room to move around. When my college aged son overfills the washer, his clothes don't come out clean.
 
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