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Laundry Detergent
June 13, 2010
12:31 pm
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The laundry det. I made was a gel, I just ‘cooked’ it on the stove and poured it into a 5 gallon bucket. But I wonder if we just used half the water, would it just make a concentrated detergent and we could use less and take up less space?

Heather B.

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June 13, 2010
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You could add more borax and washing soda to make it more concentrated when melting everything together, I have done this with no problems.  I did not do this with my last batch, just plum forgot!  to busy making the actual soap.confused

January 16, 2012
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I followed this recipe exactly and checked on it this morning.  It is nice and firmly gelled.  I'm going to do my first load today.  Now, here is my question.  Last night, as it was cooling I put like 1/4 cup into the sink, plugged it and ran some water.  It didn't really bubble up even as I churned it around with my hand.  Is that normal?  Does this not get bubbly/lathery in the wash?

Suzanne, Dede & CindyP made me do it...HAHAHAHA!

January 16, 2012
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No, it doesn't get sudsy.  Suds don't clean wink  And it's perfect for it not to actually.

 

(love your signature line laugh, Carrie)

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January 16, 2012
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Thanks!  (Ya, I've been meaning to add it since the retreat :) )

Suzanne, Dede & CindyP made me do it...HAHAHAHA!

January 16, 2012
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CindyP said:

 

(love your signature line laugh, Carrie)

LOLOLOL! Tooo funny!

 

~dede~

If common sense were truly common, wouldn't there be more evidence of it?

March 1, 2012
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Last week for the first time I made a batch of laundry detergent, the powder type.  I’ve been using it now exclusively and just love it.  It smells great and cleans the clothes as well as, or if not better than the commercial detergents.  I work two days a week at an Italian deli and when I get home my clothes reek of cheese, tomato sauce, meats, etc.  I had tried all kinds of detergents to see if I could get rid of the odor and nothing worked until I started using the homemade detergent.  My “work clothes” now have a nice clean fragrance and no more deli store odors.  I’ll probably never buy commercial laundry detergents again; they’re expensive, the containers need to be recycled and they certainly are not good for our environment.  Thank you to all of you who shared favorable remarks abut your homemade detergent.  I’m so glad I tried it!

July 23, 2012
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Here in Canada we don’t have the Fels Naptha, but I prefer the Sunlight bars.

 

I’m an avid couponer, so I have looked around to see where the ingredients are available locally, and the cost to get the best bang for my buck.

 

My recipe uses 1 bar grated Sunlight bar soap, 1/2 cup Borax (made by Natura) and 1 cup A&H washing soda mixed into 3 gallons plus 4 cups of water. Home Hardware carries all of these products for the cheapest.

 

As for the vinegar use, instead of adding it to the laundry soap, make your own fabric softener instead. I use 4L of white vinegar with 25ml of essential oils; those are best purchased at Walmart (if vinegar is not on sale anywhere) for $1.97 (4L) vinegar & $1 for 25ml of essential oils (found in the craft area).

The cost for the laundry soap is under 2 cents per load (I have an HE washer), and the fabric softener cost was under $3 for 4L (1.06 gallons)

March 27, 2013
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I made a batch of the concentrated laundry soap about a month ago. LOVED it!!! Thought I would try the non-concentrated one, just to compare. It didn’t go so well. It was so thick, the machine couldn’t get it into the washer and I had overflow from my dispenser. (I have a front load washer with a dispenser) No problem, I’ll just go back to the concentrated version. Well, now I’m getting a layer of soap across the top of the batch that is hard. I’m guessing it’s the ivory “coming back together”. I’m made two batches and they’ve both done the same thing. I have no idea why. Any ideas?

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