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« on: October 17, 2010 06:05:42 PM »

Make your own laundry detergent.

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Making your own laundry detergent is not only a fun and easy craft, but it's also good for the environment and it saves money versus buying costly name brand laundry detergents. Following is a simple recipe for making your own detergent at home.

1 Bar of Handmade Cold Process Soap
1 Cup of 20 Mule Team Borax
1 Cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

Grate the handmade soap into a bowl using a cheese grater. If soap is damp, allow to dry. Combine with borax and washing soda - note that washing soda is NOT the same as baking soda - along with grated soap in a food processor or blender. Blend into a powder. Store in a container of your choice. Use 1 Tablespoon of detergent for small loads or 2 Tablespoons for large loads. For extra cleaning power on heavily soiled linens, you may add 1/4 Cup Oxi-Clean or generic alternative to your wash cycle.

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010 06:59:21 PM »

I am having trouble finding washing soda

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010 08:41:42 PM »

Arm & Hammer washing soda is in the same aisle as laundry detergent in mass discount stores and grocery stores.

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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2010 01:16:39 PM »

Would this be safe to use in a high efficiency washing machine?

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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2011 07:39:26 PM »

Would this be safe to use in a high efficiency washing machine?

yes..since its actually low sudsing Smiley so 1Tbs is all good!!


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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2011 11:21:39 AM »

I made a batch of this a couple months ago and LOVE IT. I decided this was easier than the liquid version (which contains basically the same ingredients + water) and haven't had any issues with it, it leaves our clothes not just clean but also relativiely chemical free - and I've actually noticed that a rash my daughter has had on her arms - for the last oh year or so - has completely cleared up. I used a bar of Zote soap though, I didn't feel like finding/buying/shipping (or trying to make my own) homemade cp soap, and Zote seemed to have less chemicals than Fels Naptha, which is the other popular laundry soap bar out there.

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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2011 08:53:56 PM »

I made some of this a while back using the Kirk Castille soap as it recommended for hardwater, plus it has a ligher scent than the Fels Naptha.  We love it!  I cannot belive how long the batch has lasted us.

The only thing I will not use it on is our delicates - I'm just not ready to take that step yet.  Tongue

« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2011 12:07:26 AM »

This is my standard recipe- but I usually use a bar of Ivory soap. I did buy a bar of Fels Naptha for my next batch and it is already scenting up my laundry room. Has a much stronger scent than Ivory. Smells clean, though.

You can sometimes find washing soda at your local hardware (like Ace) store. I did see that my Walmart has started carrying it in the laundry aisle now.

I have an HE washer and have no trouble.
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2011 11:49:44 PM »

Is an HE washer one of those front loaders that uses very little water? I wanna try this but I'm not sure if my washer is HE or normal and if it can even use powder... You load liquid detergent in the top and it runs down a little thing. I've never tried powder in it cuz I've only been using it a few weeks and grandma always keeps liquid detergent on hand. X( I'll have to check and see if there's a powder slot or if it can actually use powder
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2011 07:35:34 PM »

I made some awhile back but I noticed it seemed to fade dark colors. Anyone else notice this? Maybe I was using too much or something...

I broke out in a rash too. I wonder if it was the Fels or the other chemicals that were too harsh?

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