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« Reply #160 on: December 27, 2009 09:00:00 AM »

I can definitely make kits for homemade detergent, it would be soap shreds, borax and washing soda and the recipe to make it, you would need a big pot to boil it in and a recycled detergent type container and water. Or I suppose I could figure out the kind that is just dry, but I really really love the liquid homemade detergent, I don't think the powdered kind dissolves enough (but we do all our washing in cold water)

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ooooh that would be perfect. I had no idea you could make homemade LIQUID detergent. I've been using homemade powder, but there are some chunks stuck in my washer (I also wash everything in cold). I don't really care though, DD skin is so sensitive, it's the only thing I've found that doesn't irritate it. I also just got some wool dryer balls in a swap and they are fantastic. I'd love 5 or 6 more.
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« Reply #161 on: December 27, 2009 09:29:19 AM »

Can someone explain the wool dryer balls to me?

Hmm, soap and oil free cleanser? Not sure about that lol. Maybe a nice clay? It wouldn't really be cleansing though. Have you tried castile soap? Or something with jojoba oil, that is not really an oil, it is a wax that closely mimics skin's naturally made sebum. Often times people that seem to have problems with soap really have problems with some of the ingredients in commercial "soap" which is usually synthetic detergent (syndet) bars. Anything called a beauty bar, cleansing bar, etc, that omits the actual word soap is going to be something synthetic that isn't actually soap. I like real soap without any surfectants, mineral oil/other petroleum products. To further cut down on irritation, leave out the fragrances. Um, that's why I make my own I guess, it's hard to find pure stuff on the market  Grin
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« Reply #162 on: December 27, 2009 09:59:30 AM »

I'd SO love to make my own soap.  Seems....hard.  Honestly, I haven't looking into exactly how to make soap (I have no clue) but it seems like it would be hard to make.  LOL!

(Just what I need...another crafting obsession).   Wink

Wool dryer balls....I'd like more info on how they work, too!  I did see the tutorial on making them...somewhere.  Do they take the static out of clothes/socks?  Do they get fuzzy after a while or does the constant agitation in the dryer keep them felted? 

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« Reply #163 on: December 27, 2009 10:02:43 AM »

I can definitely make kits for homemade detergent, it would be soap shreds, borax and washing soda and the recipe to make it, you would need a big pot to boil it in and a recycled detergent type container and water. Or I suppose I could figure out the kind that is just dry, but I really really love the liquid homemade detergent, I don't think the powdered kind dissolves enough (but we do all our washing in cold water)

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ooooh that would be perfect. I had no idea you could make homemade LIQUID detergent. I've been using homemade powder, but there are some chunks stuck in my washer (I also wash everything in cold). I don't really care though, DD skin is so sensitive, it's the only thing I've found that doesn't irritate it. I also just got some wool dryer balls in a swap and they are fantastic. I'd love 5 or 6 more.
Liquid would be awesome! I found a recipe for that on the duggar's website. When I was younger I would get rashes from using powdered detergent so we had to switch to liquid. I wonder if the same would go for handmade, or if it was from one of the chemicals in commercial soap.
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« Reply #164 on: December 27, 2009 10:19:05 AM »

We have such hard water here that it stains bathtubs and sinks.  I've been hoping for a CHEAP detergent option, homemade or otherwise, that'll work better in hard water. 
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« Reply #165 on: December 27, 2009 10:31:43 AM »

Soap making isn't hard exactly, but there is a decent amount of equipment you have to gather and some safety precautions to take, but of course I think it's totally worth it Grin We've got some good tutes over on the B&B board Wink
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« Reply #166 on: December 27, 2009 10:43:18 AM »

::slipping on soap to get to the B&B board::
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« Reply #167 on: December 27, 2009 11:42:36 AM »

Ok, so after reading the description of this swap I've been working my way through the 17 (!  Shocked) pages of this thread and love all the ideas you have! I once promised myself not to participate in more than 1 swap at a time...but ok, I've already been working a lot (as in almost non stop  Wink) for my ongoing swap and will probably finish the package the same week the signup for this swap ends ; so, thats my excuse  Wink and will be signing up this week!

I'm quite new to soap making and would defenately love to give it a go. And I have some PUL (you can only buy it online) I also use for diaper making that I could use for wetbags/mama cloth, snack bags, etc.

Washable cleaning/dishcloths...that's really something I could use. And a nice soft blanky me and my BF can sit under while watching Dr. Who in stead of increasing the heating at night (and it's much cosier... Tongue)
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« Reply #168 on: December 27, 2009 11:46:37 AM »

I'm totally down for making a blanky! It would probably either be crocheted on giant hooks with multiple strands of yarn, or a simple quilted piece.
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« Reply #169 on: December 27, 2009 11:59:14 AM »

I'm totally down for making a blanky! It would probably either be crocheted on giant hooks with multiple strands of yarn, or a simple quilted piece.

I think a blanket made from scraps or yarn leftovers can be really beautiful with all the different colours/patterns!

And when we're talking frugal...why not a set to grow your own veggies/herbs (that are very pricy usually in the biological shop/veggie shop) in your own living room/kitchen?  Roll Eyes
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