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OT-make your own laundry soap

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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I was complaining on how they took my Tide free and "new and improved" it.  However, it comes in a small box and now I'm having to buy it more often.  The box costs almost $9.  I have a large family.  It makes me mad that they will make bigger boxes of all the other detergents but the one I use.  I have to use Tide free because of the sensitive skin and allergy issues.  So, I had a friend suggest making my own.  That another friend went to the Duggar website and got the recipe.  Well, turns out that my aunt makes her own and gave me the website to get the ingredients.  It costs $34 to buy a kit with all the ingredients.  She says it lasts a lot longer.  So, anyone here make their own?  If so, how long does it last you?  My aunt says that her daughter is allergic to laundry detergents and this doesn't affect her.  But is it safe for all issues?  I'm willing to give it a try, anything to save me some money. 

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Barabell
by Barbara on Jun. 4, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I've never made my own. Sorry.

natesmom1228
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I don't make my own, but here is a bump.

asdenyesmom
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 4:51 PM



Quoting natesmom1228:

I don't make my own, but here is a bump.


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hepmommy
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 5:57 PM
I have heard of a few people making their own and foe the same reasons. Let me ask one of them for her recipe.
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Jess1231
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 6:56 PM
I do not but the Duggar family does it they have a recipe on their website! I'd look it up.
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grplovesjlp
by Member on Jun. 4, 2011 at 6:57 PM
Can someone post the recipe i have been wanting to try it
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Jess1231
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value
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4  Cups - hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!

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Jess1231
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:11 PM
Powdered Laundry Detergent - Top load machine
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1   Fels-Naptha soap bar
1  Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½  Cup Borax

-Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons. Yields: 3 Cups detergent. (Approx. 40 loads)

*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!

 

TIPS FOR LAUNDRY SOAP: We use Fels-Naptha  bar soap in the homemade soap recipes, but you can use Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Castile or Zote bars. Don't use heavily perfumed soaps. We buy Fels-Naptha by the case from our local grocer or online. Washing Soda and Borax can often be found on the laundry or cleaning aisle. Recipe cost approx. $2 per batch.
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Jess1231
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:12 PM
Recipe #1
1  Cup White Vinegar
Add vinegar to rinse cycle. Works great. Removes residue and odors. Also helps to keep washing machine and hoses fresh and clean too.

Recipe #2

1  Container of Name Brand Fabric Softener
4  Inexpensive sponges, cut in half

Pour entire container of softener into a 5 gallon bucket. Fill empty softener container with water twice. (2 parts water to 1 part softener) Add sponges to softener/water mixture. When ready to use wring out extra mixture from one sponge and add to the dryer as you would a dryer sheet. 
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jandmterry
by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 8:22 AM
My dh has made the dugger recipe and it works well.
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