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10/12/2012 10:38:04 PM
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Home made laundry soap

Okay, for those of you who make your own laundry soap, every recipe I've come across calls for Fels-Naptha soap. As far as I know, we can't get that here. It's supposed to dissolve better or something.  
What soap do you use as your base when making detergent then instead, or where do you get your Fels-Naptha? TIA!


10/12/2012 11:56:04 PM
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I've only made 1 batch, back in Febuary, and it's lasted until now. Will have to make a new batch probably next week! Anyway, I used Sunlight bars, Washign Soda, & Borax. I've had to mix with water as I go so next time I'm cutting the soap/soda/borax back to half what the recipe calls for.


10/13/2012 7:55:48 AM
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Get a bar of Sunlight soap. Bright yellow package in the laundry aisle.  
Also, we like a few drops of an essential oil. I like Tea Tree to inhibit bacterial growth. My kids like orange or lemon in addition.  
I use about 3 drops TT oil in each container, then other essential oil, if wanted.


10/13/2012 8:39:43 AM
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Could a person add tea tree oil to regular liquid laundry soap or would it smell bad.?


10/13/2012 8:41:34 AM
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I use

Ivory soap (the regular kind, not the aloe stuff because it won't set properly). Ivory multi-packs go on sale for dirt cheap at Superstore quite frequently.


10/13/2012 8:52:15 AM
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Laundry Detergent Recipe

I have been using the following recipe for over 5 years and it works great, even in my front load high efficiency washer!  
1 cup boiling water  
1/2 cup grated Dove soap (regular kind)  
1/2 cup borax  
1/2 cup washing soda  
8 cups cold water  
Add grated soap to boiling water and stir until soap completely disolved, remove from heat. In large bowl mix disolved soap with the rest of the ingredients. I also add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup water softener (like Calgon) as my water is very hard. I also add about 20-30 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil as I like the fresh scent. This recipe will gel as it cools.  
Hope this helps!!  
Edited by Earthgirl, 2012-10-13 08:53:24


10/13/2012 9:35:50 AM
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Thanks for sharing.  
So how much of this do you use per load?  
And what is washing soda, and where do you buy it?  
Edited by MOM4, 2012-10-13 09:36:37


10/13/2012 10:16:41 AM
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Powdered Laundry Soap

I usually use a grated bar of Ivory soap. I have used used Sunlight bars too, but prefer Ivory.  
I made liquid soap for a couple years, but have now switched to a powdered recipe. It is quick and easy to cooking, less mess, and one batch lasts a long time.  
1 box washing soda  
1 box borax  
2 large or 4 small boxes of baking soda  
2 large or 3 small bars of Ivory (grated)  
1 tub of Oxyclean  
few drops of essential oil  
I use about 2 Tbsps per load.


10/13/2012 10:18:46 AM
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I use 1 bar sunlight, 1 c. borax, 1 c. washing soda.  
To use: 1 Tbsp. for regular loads and 2 Tbsp. for large or heavily soiled loads in my top load washer.  
You will find the washing soda in the laundry aisle usually, beside the borax and Sunlight bars. We get our supplies at SuperStore. They have them the most consistently.


10/13/2012 10:19:27 AM
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A friend of mine uses this same powdered recipe but skips the essential oils and adds a container of Purex or Downy crystals.


10/13/2012 10:52:26 AM
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Best Laudry Soap

The best natural laundry soap ever is:  
You can buy a 100 load tin from Two Farm Kids for $20 or sells a 5 Gallon pail for $100 (goes on sale for $80 at times) good for 1000 loads. Kicks my homemade recipes butt.No smell. cleans great in my Hieff washer.


10/13/2012 12:42:48 PM
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Laundry Soap Recipe

I buy my washing soda from Walmart, Superstore, or Co-Op, wherever it's cheapest. I use about 1/2 cup of this in a regular load. I have severe allergies to soaps and such and cannot even use Sunlight Sensitive anymore but I have never had any problems with this homemade soap. I have thought of making a dry powdered soap like this but find the liquid dissolves well in my water. (I live in the country and have my own well water)


10/13/2012 12:57:20 PM
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Essential Oil

I use vinegar as a fabric softener so I just add my essential oil to the vinegar. Leaves the clothes smelling nice and fresh!


10/13/2012 1:53:32 PM
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Home made laundry soap

Think the Hutterites still make it from scratch. The powered stuff they make is great


10/13/2012 4:04:40 PM
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bad for your machine

Home made soaps are bad for your machine. The Hutterites laundry machines are always taking a beating from the soap they make. Just a heads up that it may work well but not washing machine friendly.


10/13/2012 4:37:45 PM
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Thank-you all!  
Re: Dove soap. Wouldn't the lotion in the soap be bad for your clothes?  
I guess any bar soap would work, right?


10/13/2012 9:46:53 PM
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I came across this thread and wondered what the reasoning is for making your own laundry soap? I'm just curious as to the reasoning for making your own.


10/13/2012 11:45:53 PM
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Reason for Making Own Laundry Soap

I make my own laundry soap because of severe allergies to all commercially made soaps.  
As for the Dove soap: I have never had any issue with using it. Mostly I chose it because it's one of only 2 soaps that does not curdle in my hard water. Zest is the only other soap I've found that doesn't and I'm allergic to Zest. Even my completely homemade lye soap curdles a little in my water.  
As far as being bad for your machine, I have never had any issues at all. I also use vinegar instead of fabric softener and I believe that keeps my machine clean and working well. The only issue with a front load machine would be a high sudsing soap and my recipe as above is not high sudsing.  
Edited by Earthgirl, 2012-10-13 23:47:42

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