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« on: October 02, 2010 08:42:53 AM »

I hope I'm posting this in the right section...

I've been making my own laundry soap for about a year and a half.  At first I was making liquid soap just because I've always used liquid store bought soap.  But now I make powdered soap and it is much quicker to make!  Here's a picture of what it looks like and the video tutorial in the link below Smiley  Let me know what you think.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVG1_E78Ppk
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2010 08:49:14 AM »

this is awesome! I have borax already for our ant problem, so all I need to do is pick up some washing soda! yay, economical alternatives!
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2010 10:43:06 AM »

Hello!  I've been making homemade liquid laundry soap for quite some time and it works great!  I use Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, and a good basic soap such as grated Fels Naptha soap, Octagon soap, or a bar of my own homemade lye soap.  I also add a few drops of Lavender  EO and the laundry soap smells great!   I'm all about making homemade versions of supermarket stuff!  haha   

Some of the recipes for stuff can be found at the Duggar family website.  They have one up for stretching your fabric softener (take a bottle of any liquid fabric softener and dilute it with water-don't remember how much at the moment!; cut two sponges in half and throw in the mix; for each dryer load, squeeze out one sponge and throw it in the dryer before you turn it on).  That works wonderful as well!

I'm still looking for a homemade dishwashing detergent that works (for a dishwasher, not hand washing).  I've tried just about every recipe I've seen on the Net and they have all failed miserably. The first cycle or two seems to do great, then a film starts showing up on all the dishes and it's hard to scrub off.

Enjoy today!
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2010 01:36:18 PM »

pretty and cost efficient!
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2010 01:56:55 PM »

looks good, i have a question though, would borax substitute work? because i haven't been able to find any real borax in ages, just the substitute (which won't make slime, however hard you try)

also, i LOVE powder-type laundry soap, research shows that it actually gets your clothes/fabric cleaner and more hygenic (even at lower temps) than liquid stuff
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2010 03:21:31 PM »

looks good, i have a question though, would borax substitute work? because i haven't been able to find any real borax in ages, just the substitute (which won't make slime, however hard you try)

also, i LOVE powder-type laundry soap, research shows that it actually gets your clothes/fabric cleaner and more hygenic (even at lower temps) than liquid stuff

I'm not sure if a substitute would work...I've only used borax.  You might try looking for it again because I know Wal-Mart wasn't carrying it, but has recently started restocking it because of the higher demand.  Also several grocery stores I've gone to carry both borax and washing soda now.  Hope you're able to find it Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2010 04:42:22 PM »

Aglanceatmyworld I love making my own as HippieNation said "I'm all about making homemade versions of supermarket stuff", my friends and family sometimes thing I'm a bit out of my mind, but I bet I save more money than they do  Wink.

Btw, HippieNation add a little vinegar to the dishwasher where the jet dry should go and that will (should) cut the film.
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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2010 02:40:12 AM »

I'm not sure if a substitute would work...I've only used borax.  You might try looking for it again because I know Wal-Mart wasn't carrying it, but has recently started restocking it because of the higher demand.  Also several grocery stores I've gone to carry both borax and washing soda now.  Hope you're able to find it Smiley

it says borax substitute and as far as i can tell it cleans pretty much as well, i'm in the UK though so even that was hard to find
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2010 06:09:28 AM »

Hey, Selnith, where did you find the borax sub? I haven't even been able to find that (i'm in Stoke On Trent).
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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2010 06:31:22 AM »

I'm up in the north east (near newcastle) and some larger boots and asda stores have it, or the internet, actually amazon now has real borax too
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