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Laundry Detergent

Posted by on Oct. 21, 2012 at 6:03 PM
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I was just wondering what everyone is using. Do you make your own, or buy a great brand of natural laundry soap? Do you use some method of "fabric softening"? Do you line dry or use a dryer?

This is one of the things that rolls through my mind daily. I'm looking forward to hearing your answers!

by on Oct. 21, 2012 at 6:03 PM
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cemcnair
by Courtney on Oct. 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I use a combination of sun free and my homemade batch. I use vinegar for softening. I line dry my diaper covers but use the dryer for pretty much everything else.
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Babujai
by on Oct. 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I just started using vinegar as a fabric softener.  I'm still buying detergent (Purex), but I want to make my own.  I'm still wondering about dryer sheets though.  I'm not sure if the Bounce Bar is a good alternative or not.  It's still a big bar of chemicals, but at least it's not a box of sheets in the trash.

VioletsMomTown
by on Oct. 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM
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I just ordered a big box of soap nuts called Eco Nuts (I saw them on Shark Tank). They're organic and grow on a tree, likely the most natural soap you can get. There is enough in a box to do 360 loads! 35 bucks! Thats enough for a year at least for me. I don't mean to sound like a commercial, I'm just super excited to have found them...

Babujai
by on Oct. 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM
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Quoting VioletsMomTown:

I just ordered a big box of soap nuts called Eco Nuts (I saw them on Shark Tank). They're organic and grow on a tree, likely the most natural soap you can get. There is enough in a box to do 360 loads! 35 bucks! Thats enough for a year at least for me. I don't mean to sound like a commercial, I'm just super excited to have found them...

 I just checked those out online and they look really good...and perfect for someone like me who's not really a DIY person.

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Kristin0728
by on Oct. 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I really like seventh generation but I'm on a budget. I do read ingredients and I ALWAYS go scent free and dye free, regardless of cost. Tide Free and Gentle is not the absolute best, but i believe its the best I can get for my money right now. 

I dont know how well it works, I've never tried it, but I have heard that there is a lot of soap varieties for many uses that come from Quinoa. 

cemcnair
by Courtney on Oct. 22, 2012 at 3:41 PM
I've used them for my diapers before. Very good product!

Quoting VioletsMomTown:

I just ordered a big box of soap nuts called Eco Nuts (I saw them on Shark Tank). They're organic and grow on a tree, likely the most natural soap you can get. There is enough in a box to do 360 loads! 35 bucks! Thats enough for a year at least for me. I don't mean to sound like a commercial, I'm just super excited to have found them...

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h0ckeychick
by on Oct. 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I make my own. I have a son with extreme allergies and exzema. I also use vinegar in place of fabric softener. It saves his skin as well as a few pennies, let me tell you...I love it. It works so much better that any detergent I have used. My whites are brighter and I don't even have to pretreat for stains.

MamaMoonlight
by on Oct. 23, 2012 at 2:22 AM

We use biokleen laundry liquid, with grapefruit seed and citrus extracts. It has a very light scent and works like crazy on our laundry. I use vinegar as a fabric softener, and sometimes baking soda in the wash. I use borax and my laundry liquid to pre-soak clothes in hot water, swishing them around a bit. It's making our whites whiter. I use the dryer on low for our clothes, and medium-high on Chris's clothes.

I would like to use the dryer less. I would also like to make my own lightly scented dryer bags for the things I do put in the dryer. Here we have lavender things everywhere, and I keep seeing stuff like that. Then I wonder if I really want all of the clothes to smell like lavender.

chrissysnow22
by on Oct. 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM
I make my own. It only requires a little effort and it lasts so long, and saves a fortune.

I make my own fabric softener and use cut up receiver blankets for dryer sheets.
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Babujai
by on Oct. 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

 

Quoting chrissysnow22:

I make my own. It only requires a little effort and it lasts so long, and saves a fortune.

I make my own fabric softener and use cut up receiver blankets for dryer sheets.

 How do you do the dryer sheets?

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