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« on: October 02, 2008 10:18:44 AM »



When I first heard about this challenge I thought it was going to be so hard!  But, by the end of the week I had quite a few ideas.  I went to the store with an idea in mind, but when I found Fels-Naptha soap I decided to try my hand at crafting my own homemade laundry detergent!  I had wanted to do it for a while and thought that this would be a great time to try!  So here it is!



HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT

In order to stick with the "edible part" I headed over to the fruit department and grabbed a grapefruit.
I peeled it and dehydrated the bits.

Before

After


I then cut up my Fels-Naptha Soap bar.  --This is a laundry soap bar, you could also use any gentle soap (Ivory/Castile/....) 
[if you do this cut it up smaller than I did]


The soap bits then got blended in my food processor with the dried grapefruit.



Then measure out 1/2 cup of Washing Soda (not baking soda) and 1/2 cup of Borax and dump in with the soap.  Blend it up good!



TADA!  Your own Hand-Crafted Landry Detergent!  To use it use one Tablespoon per load.



Here is the $$ breakdown:

3.99 Borax
2.99 Washing Soda
1.19 Fels-Naptha Soap
 .69 Grapefruit

with tax:  9.21

after all the math, it comes out to .06 a load. 
If you bought the ingredients on sale and/or used a cheaper bar of soap the price would be much lower.


Then to make sure it works, I smeared ketchup, mustard, chocolate,.... on a cloth then seperated it and washed half with homemade and half with storebought soap.


Looks pretty similar to me!



And there you have it,  Homemade Laundry Detergent!
Thanks for looking!  Smiley


ETA:  Answers....
I am using a toploader machine.
This is a NON-Sudsing detergent.  What cleans is the soap, not the bubbles.
You can't smell the grapefruit.  The fels-naptha bar has a very strong scent.  The mix itself I really don't like the smell of, but coming out of the wash, I love it.  Has a citrus-y smell itself.
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2008 10:23:33 AM »

ok..first off great idea and thanks for sharing..next,WOW!! you took great photos and the comparison is great..

thanks for the idea..it looks so easy..and again great photos...
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2008 10:31:05 AM »

oh man, you are my HERO! that's fan-freakin-tastic!
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2008 11:52:58 AM »

I'm so intrigued!  Are you using it in a top load or front load washer?  Does it suds a lot?
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2008 11:55:50 AM »

AWESOME...I've been investigating making my own laundry soap I just haven't done it yet.  It's so much better for my kids and the environment.  Also, when you use baking soda in the washer you don't have to use a dryer sheet because the soda acts like a fabric softener and static guard.  I've been putting it in my wash with laundry soap for a while because I hate the waxy build up on my lint trap (it's also a fire hazard).  THANKS FOR THE TUTE!
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2008 12:44:44 PM »

the addition of the citrus = great idea.
i think that this might work in my front loader if i threw the powder in directly with the clothes.  first i gotta get through the laundry soap that i have, which takes a while with a front loader  Wink

way to add the experiment!  i love me some science, especially with results both provable and good for the environment and bank account.
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2008 01:06:52 PM »

I use this exact same home-made laundry detergent and I have a front loader and I love it!  works great....very low to no suds....I also put vinegar in my rinse container...makes everything softer and you don't really need to use a softener.  good stuff!  I also use homemade cleaners that work really well...you should give those a try too! great tute!! nice to see the comparisons
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2008 02:47:05 PM »


ETA:  Answers....
I am using a toploader machine.
This is a NON-Sudsing detergent.  What cleans is the soap, not the bubbles.

Thanks!  I have a front loader which takes less soap (because it used less water), but it also necessitates low-sudsing and so this NON-sudsing options is looking even more appealing now!  PS I love the Fels-Naptha for pre-wash stain removal, too.

Now I just have to rustle up a food processor that the owner won't mind me making soap in.   Wink
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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2008 02:50:15 PM »

Amazing!  This is not what I expected to see at all, I'm pleasantly suprised.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2008 03:40:35 PM »

I love the fact that you went ahead and did the comparison sheet. I also love that you included a recipe. THANK YOU and GREAT JOB!
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