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For mommies who make their own laundry detergent...

Posted by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:20 PM
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What do you use?  I am thinking about trying this but not even sure where to start. Is it ok to use with sensitive skin?

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by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:20 PM
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ERNAProud
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Ivory Soap (or fels naptha, but ivory is better for sensitive skin)

Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda)

20 mule team borax


You can use Ivory for the sensitive skin and if you need to you can decrease the borax  a little, but I have sensitive skin and never had a problem with borax.

MNilsen
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:24 PM

How much do you use of each?  Do you scent it?

Quoting ERNAProud:

Ivory Soap (or fels naptha, but ivory is better for sensitive skin)

Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda)

20 mule team borax


You can use Ivory for the sensitive skin and if you need to you can decrease the borax  a little, but I have sensitive skin and never had a problem with borax.


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ERNAProud
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:25 PM
ERNAProud
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I use 2 cups of each. You can either mix it all together in water to make a gel-like substance, or you can use the powder form. The gel goes further, but I prefer to use the powder because it is easier to mix up when you are in a hurry, lol.

I find the scent is just fine, but you can use essential oils.

You use 2 tbsp. of the powder or 1/2 cup of the gel.  I am finding it is less than $1 for about 30 loads.

Quoting MNilsen:

How much do you use of each?  Do you scent it?

Quoting ERNAProud:

Ivory Soap (or fels naptha, but ivory is better for sensitive skin)

Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda)

20 mule team borax


You can use Ivory for the sensitive skin and if you need to you can decrease the borax  a little, but I have sensitive skin and never had a problem with borax.



ERNAProud
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:29 PM

I forgot to add...for the soap to mix better I prefer the "fine" side of the cheese grater to grate the soap. It disolves much better and faster than using the regular side.

MNilsen
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Do you use 2 tbsp even with a HE washer?

Quoting ERNAProud:

I use 2 cups of each. You can either mix it all together in water to make a gel-like substance, or you can use the powder form. The gel goes further, but I prefer to use the powder because it is easier to mix up when you are in a hurry, lol.

I find the scent is just fine, but you can use essential oils.

You use 2 tbsp. of the powder or 1/2 cup of the gel.  I am finding it is less than $1 for about 30 loads.

Quoting MNilsen:

How much do you use of each?  Do you scent it?

Quoting ERNAProud:

Ivory Soap (or fels naptha, but ivory is better for sensitive skin)

Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda)

20 mule team borax


You can use Ivory for the sensitive skin and if you need to you can decrease the borax  a little, but I have sensitive skin and never had a problem with borax.




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fallnangel93
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:30 PM

This is what I use too...

Quoting ERNAProud:

Ivory Soap (or fels naptha, but ivory is better for sensitive skin)

Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda)

20 mule team borax


You can use Ivory for the sensitive skin and if you need to you can decrease the borax  a little, but I have sensitive skin and never had a problem with borax.



ctfirsttimemom
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:33 PM

what is washing soap?  Where can you find it?  I should try this!!!

fallnangel93
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:35 PM


Quoting ERNAProud:

I forgot to add...for the soap to mix better I prefer the "fine" side of the cheese grater to grate the soap. It disolves much better and faster than using the regular side.

Sometimes, if I can't get the ivory soap to grate small enough, I stick it in the blender too...the whole mixture...that way everything is all mixed together well and the ivory soap gets grated up even more!


ERNAProud
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 6:38 PM

I could not find mine around town so I ordered mine from online. There are a few places I order it from, but I think I will stick to the arm&hammer site from now on. I will get the links.

IF you have it at your local stores it will be in the laundry aisle.

Quoting ctfirsttimemom:

what is washing soap?  Where can you find it?  I should try this!!!


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