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Laundry Detergent
March 25, 2010
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Yep, use a cheese grater…….or I use my grater attachment on my processor.  Unwrap it for a couple days to dry out more and it grates up easier and finer.

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March 25, 2010
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I can’t wait to make my own homemade soap for laundry detergent!  Now that’s REAL homemade laundry detergent!

Clover made me do it.

March 29, 2010
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Just startin’ how much do you use in your dishwasher.

I bought all the ingredients, here in Canada we don’t have Fels Naptha, but I bought a bar of Linda’s Laundry Soap (it’s a 9.5 oz bar) but it has a nice smell. and I think it will make 2 cups of grated soap for the Tipnut recipe 1

wish me luck I’m wicked excited

PS I thought I would have trouble finding washing soda, but there it was right beside the Borax.

Also I heard you can use Amaze instead of washing soda for people having trouble finding it.

 

woo hoo, so excited

anni

March 29, 2010
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Good luck, anni!  Let us know how it goes.  I think you will like it!  What is Amaze?  I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that.

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June 4, 2010
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I just made my first batch of laundry detergent and I love it!  I used the recipe that calls for 1/2 a bar of grated Fels Naptha, 1 cup Borax, 1 cup Washing soda, 1 cup baking soda.  Mix all dry ingredients together and use 2 tablespoons per load.

Before purchasing the ingredients, I searched the web for coupons and found one for the baking soda and one for the Borax.  I called the Fels Naptha folks and they’re sending me coupons.

Not counting the coupons, it comes to 5 cents per load.  Not bad!

 

I mixed up a double batch and put it in a tall antique mason jar.  I also made a few pint sized mason jars and added a pretty cloth top.  I’m thinking these would make nice little gifts by including a recipe tag so a friend can try out the detergents (16 loads worth) before deciding if she wants to make it herself.  

 

Anyone know where I could find a nifty little wooden scoop?  

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June 4, 2010
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A quick search gave me this gold mine LOL

 

http://www.scoops-scoops.com/store/item_category.cfm?CategoryID=3

 

you’ll have to research a bit to see what works as a 2 Tbsp. scoop – this site measures theirs in M & M’s laugh

 

I do know that 2 Tbsp. is standard for coffee scoops and there are stainless ones for sale all over the place.

 

HTH

 

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June 4, 2010
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WOW that’s a neat site!  How funny is that?  and if you click on the “more info or place order” option, it tells you the size in more ordiary terms!  laugh

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June 4, 2010
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I just shared this with my girlfriend and she asked if this would work (or be safe) for High Efficiency washers.  Anybody know?

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June 4, 2010
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Many people use it for HE, because it doesn’t suds.  You don’t need to use as much I believe….. 1 Tbsp vs 2 Tbsp in a normal washer.

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June 4, 2010
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I’ve been making Suzanne’s version of the liquid laundry soap and the entire family loves it, especially the children.   I made up a batch for each of my children to use and their children loved it.  They noticed their clothes were softer and they loved the smell.  My children……they’re busy, they didn’t pay any attention til their children commented to them.  (Their parents were using a name brand laundry detergent in case you were wondering) I used dial hand soap until this last batch.   I was out and the store had Dial Hypoallergenic the same price as regular Dial so I bought it.    Surprisingly to me the clothes were brighter still and softer still.   I’m not at all sure why the different recipes say not to use this type of hand soap  but I am extremely happy with the results.  My grandchildren are still commenting how much they love it.     But if there is a reason for not using dial I would appreciate knowing it. 

June 5, 2010
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I can’t see any reason why you couldn’t use Dial, Darlene.  Anything I’ve seen on not using it is the color (regular Dial), but Felsnaptha is yellow, too, and it doesn’t seem to hurt anything!  I say don’t worry about it!  LOL!

 

For those having problems finding Washing Soda or Borax, Alice.com carries it and they have free shipping.  You have to sign up to the site, but it’s free.  I went through to do a test, you do have to order 6 items (haha, that’s where they get you!), BUT they have a bunch of things, so I’m going to compare prices on diapers (need the girls for that one) to see if it’s cheaper….then I’ll order 6 items.  The Washing Soda is actually cheaper on that site than what I buy in the store here.

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June 5, 2010
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For those who might be interested, Frugal Village is having a giveaway of some of the homemade soap, and has another link for purchasing the already made soap or the ingredients to do it yourself.  (I am not associated with either of these sites, btw, just reporting what I’ve seen!)

http://www.frugalvillage.com/2010/05/26/soaps-gone-buy-laundry-soap-contest/

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June 9, 2010
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CindyP said:

Many people use it for HE, because it doesn’t suds.  You don’t need to use as much I believe….. 1 Tbsp vs 2 Tbsp in a normal washer.


Thanks for the comment….I’ll pass it on to her!   happy-flower

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June 9, 2010
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I made a liquid laundry soap that I found on youtube a while back (haven’t made any lately) using the FelsNaptha soap, borax and arm n hammer, and I noticed that anything beige or tan in the wash would get bleached out spots on it. I started putting it in before the laundry and mixing it up in the water to make sure it was dissolved first, then putting in the laundry, and no more bleached out spots. I wonder why any of those things would bleach out color?

Heather B.

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June 9, 2010
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If you were using the powdered form, I can see it happening with the borax if it was on the clothes before being dissolved, probably why it doesn’t happen with the liquid form.

 

Taken from chemistry.about.com —

Borax has many chemical properties that contribute to its cleaning
power. Borax and other borates clean and bleach by converting some water
molecules to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). This
reaction is more favorable in hotter water. The pH of borax is about
9.5, so it produces a basic solution in water, thereby increasing the
effectiveness of bleach and other cleaners. In other chemical reactions,
borax acts as a buffer, maintaining a stable pH needed to maintain
cleansing chemical reactions. The boron, salt, and/or oxygen of boron
inhibit the metabolic processes of many organisms. This characteristic
allows borax to disinfect and kill unwanted pests. Borates bonds with
other particles to keep ingredients dispersed evenly in a mixture, which
maximizes the surface area of active particles to enhance cleaning
power.

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June 9, 2010
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Well rereading your post, you’re using liquid…………. so I don’t know!!!!!  laugh  But reading about the borax was very helpful anyways!

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June 9, 2010
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I Wanna Farm said:

I made a liquid laundry soap that I found on youtube a while back (haven’t made any lately) using the FelsNaptha soap, borax and arm n hammer, and I noticed that anything beige or tan in the wash would get bleached out spots on it.


 

Borax is your culprit … shades of chemistry in the deep halls of memory is whispering “hydrogen peroxide release” which has definite bleach effect via oxidation … like commercial chlorine bleach but not as caustic.  I also recall that borax tends to lump right down to those stubborn little nuggets that were getting on your colors … dissolving in water first sounds like the best approach!  Hope that helps!

June 9, 2010
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That makes sense when I read about the Borax producing peroxide. Thanks for posting that! Maybe I used too much of it, or it wasn’t mixing well and was sitting on the clothes or something. But when I mixed it up well with the water first, it didn’t happen. I think I’ll switch to dry anyway, because that’s less work. lol

Heather B.

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June 13, 2010
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I’m glad it ended up working for you!  I didn’t want it to be a big waste for you!

I’m thinking of using the concept, but using my regular bar of soap for laundry soap, adding the water, my borax and washing soda, and creating the gel…….I think this will give you a concentrated version of the liquid laundry soap we’ve been using, so you wouldn’t have to use as much per load and having less stored in bottles.

I still have a bit left of laundry soap before I can try this process though…………maybe in a couple months!

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June 13, 2010
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I’ve been planning to experiment the next time I make laundry detergent in some way to make storage less of an issue.  I don’t like it taking up so much space–and most of the space it takes up is in the water.  I’ve thought about drying to make it as a dry mix, but the trouble with dry laundry detergent is that it doesn’t melt well in the wash sometimes (this is even true of storebought “professionally-made” dry detergent).  I like the gel idea, that way the soap is melted enough to work well in the wash.  I’ll have to do some experimenting!

Clover made me do it.

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