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« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2008 03:50:30 PM »

My mom uses this very same soap.  She found a kit with all the things in it somewhere online.  Its so cool to not have to depend on the pre-made soaps you get in the store. Hers doesn't have the grapefruit tho, which might be a nice thing to add. Great idea.
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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2008 04:14:52 PM »

That's totally cool. I bet the grapefruit smells yummy!
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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2008 04:47:55 PM »

I love that you added the grapefruit peels! I make a similar laundry soap, but I boil it with water to make a thick gel, my washer doesn't work as well with powder it seems!
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« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2008 05:15:12 PM »

This is awesome, I use the exact same recipe to make my laundry soap and I have been for almost a year now. It works wonderfully!
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« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2008 06:55:26 PM »

Can you really smell the grapefruit peels? What about after it's washed? I'm thinking of trying a few test batches with lemon, orange, and grapefruit.
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« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2008 07:25:47 PM »

since citrus are volatile oils (very sensitive to heat and light) i would imagine that the scent disappears very quickly.
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« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2008 07:46:39 PM »

Can you really smell the grapefruit peels? What about after it's washed? I'm thinking of trying a few test batches with lemon, orange, and grapefruit.

You definitely Can NOT smell it, LOL.  The Fels-Naptha is VERY Strong!  The mix itself I think smells terrible, but....coming out of the wash I love it.  Has that fresh, clean smell. 
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« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2008 08:57:34 PM »

Love the comparison! I use basically the same homemade soap as well, but I boil mine into a gel too, and do the vinegar in the rinse thing. It works great! And it is SO SO much cheaper than commercial detergent (not to mention better for everyone and everything!). And you're right, it smells really good when the load comes out of the wash!
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« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2008 12:23:19 AM »

I'm soooo going to do this! Your comparison at the end is awesome too...I'm sold!

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« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2008 07:11:57 AM »

I have used this recipe for two years now and we love it.  I use the gel version though (boiling the soap with water, adding the washing soda and borax, then the rest of the water).  You can use different kinds of soap too.  I usually use Kirk's Castile soap.  I've never tried the grapefruit, but I put grapefruit seed extract in mine as a disinfectant and antibacterial.  Someone mentioned vinegar for the rinse, we do that too.  It's fun making home-made soaps!  I make dishwasher soap too!

 
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