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Topic: Homemade Laundry Soap ** With Tute! ** (picture heavy)  (Read 61673 times)
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« Reply #100 on: May 17, 2010 08:55:28 PM »

My first attempt at making this failed miserably. I followed your direction to read everything before attempting to make the soap and then promptly ran out and bought everything I needed (I used Ivory soap). Then I failed to re-read everything and just poured everything together in 4 cups of water and heated. I ended up with a soap brick that refused to dissolve =(. Learning from this failure I re-read everything. Then I read it again and followed your directions exactly. My soap is currently resting in the shower, and we will see how it went tomorrow morning =).
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« Reply #101 on: May 18, 2010 12:11:53 AM »

thank you so much for answering my questions.

I am a fan of natural products and of course and happy because I can choose what to put into my stuff and maybe even help my skin etc. Smiley I just wasn't sure about if it was harsh, but yes after thinking borax and soda are pretty base Smiley huh. I just know to base or too acidic can be bad you want the right mix. But will never know unless I try.

As for soaking in vinegar. I never thought about that, except when dying. marvelous idea! I will do that.

Gonna go get my stuff to make this. Because of your tute i feel like nothing is left unsaid! Smiley


If you wear a lot of black. when you first get your clothes you should soak them in vinegar and water over night. This pickles the color into the fabric. It makes it so the color fades less  and is less likely to bleed out.

Most stretchy fabrics actually break down from acidic products like your body sweat or heat from a dryer. However if you are worried about it this product can be diluted even more.

It can also be used to clean your tub if you have a grease monkey. just add it and grab your broom and sweep the soap all over the tub/ shower area.

 It is the soap our grandmothers used.It is gonna have more natural ingredients than the store bought stuff that add tons of scent so when it sits on shelves, warehouses, trucks, and your laundry room it does not sour and be unpleasant.
Borax is not toxic and can be found in makeup. That should tell you how natural and back to the basics the soap is.

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« Reply #102 on: May 23, 2010 02:34:50 PM »

I'm so doing this.
Any experimentation with soaps from Lush?
By 'pour-and-melt', do you mean like, glycerin?  (Not a soap-guru myself...)

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« Reply #103 on: May 23, 2010 03:01:56 PM »

I'm so doing this.
Any experimentation with soaps from Lush?
By 'pour-and-melt', do you mean like, glycerin?  (Not a soap-guru myself...)

Thanks for the great craft!

Here's an FAQ Nymeria wrote on melt and pour!


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« Reply #104 on: May 28, 2010 06:21:19 PM »

I saw this tute about 2 weeks ago and once I ran out of regular laundry soap, I decided to give this a try - I just finished making it so we'll see how it goes on laundry day. Thanks again for the great tute!
« Reply #105 on: June 02, 2010 11:58:27 AM »

Thanks for posting the recipe.

I've been looking for a homemade laundry soap recipe to make.

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« Reply #106 on: June 09, 2010 03:25:34 AM »

I have been using this for a while now and I have no a single complaint. I am about a third through my tub which has equated to 3 large jugs of watered down soap plus a jug each for my mum and nana. I reuse my store bought laundry liquid jug and can then use the cap for measurement.

All my washing has turned out lovely and clean with no residue or stains remaining. I even used it straight onto some fresh stains and soaked overnight, worked a treat!

Seriously, give it a go. You will NEVER go back to paying ridiculous amounts for a bunch of nasty chemicals.

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« Reply #107 on: June 23, 2010 12:05:14 AM »

I am so trying this as soon as I am out of my store bought stuff. I'm a poor college student so I usually can only afford the cheapest of laundry soaps, which I think don't clean very well. I am a laundry freak, so this is exciting. My hubby and future room mate even find this interesting! (Who thought two men would jump on the crafty boat?)
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« Reply #108 on: June 24, 2010 02:32:10 PM »

Late post for this - but if Canadians want to make this, No Frills has everything but the Fels-Naptha.

I was shopping for it, went to Walmart, but they didn't have a single thing.  I have the powdered version, and I can't wait to do laundry!

Also, if you make the powdered version - make sure your flakes are small - I used a ginger grater for this - slow going - but it was worth it!  Remember, the ratios are 1:1:1.

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« Reply #109 on: July 27, 2010 08:56:37 PM »

Thanks for the excellent instructions! I intend to try this as soon as the summer crazy busy-ness is over.

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