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Have you ever made your own laundry detergent?

Posted by on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM
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I did for the first time today. I had been thinking about doing it for a little while now. At a local festival a woman had a booth set up with homemade laundry detergent. We bought some to try it out to see if we liked it. We did so I made a batch today and mine smells better. I am not sure what is different. I used all the same ingredients she did but must have used different brands or something. The ingredients are the same as what is all over pinterest.

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GreenDotsOrange
by Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:38 PM
Mine uses equal parts washing soda, baking soda and oxiclean free and clear. We have very sensitive skin so we can't use dyes and perfumes. I have noticed a huge improvement in my sons eczema since switching.
miaglamer
by on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM
I made a batch on April that I'm still using. I think I still have enough to last through the new year. It lasts forever. And it's cheaper.
TattooLoveShow
by Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:43 PM
yes I made all my families soaps and lotions and since I have started my clothes are softer and my darks have stopped fading.
armyvet06
by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM
I want to as soon as i move out of my parents house. Would help save a little money. Do you like it better than store bought detergent?
dee06
by Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:49 PM
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I've made 2 batches so far. The first I made last September and it lasted about 8 months before I had to make a second. Less than $20 a batch so it is a huge money saver at my house. 

quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I used to make my own.  Honestly, it did smell better than regular detergent but my whites always looked dingy.  With the amount of oxyclean I was using to keep my whites white, it was cheaper to buy regular detergent.

caligirl7613
by Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM
i would love to but have not yet. i have heard its cheaper and cleans better. i read somewhere (not sure if true) that most commercial laundry soaps are full of salt and thats why the colors fade etc because its so harsh
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xtwistedxlovex
by Gold Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:58 PM
I've been making my own for 6+ years. My advice for anyone considering it: nix the grated soap. Not only is it unnecessary, I've found it leaves a nasty film on clothing. I prefer to just use washing soda + borax (optional for extra cleaning power) + oxyclean and keep it as a powder. A bit of cheap conditioner + vinegar in place of fabric softener leaves clothes smelling nice, but not overwhelming - nor covered in dirt-trapping residue. Bonus: it won't ruin towels like traditional fabric softeners do!
PaganKitty67
by Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

That is great. I was so excited to first get the ingredients, then to make it, then to use it. LOL. I enjoyed making it. The only thing I didn't like was grating the laundry bar soap.


Quoting miaglamer:

I made a batch on April that I'm still using. I think I still have enough to last through the new year. It lasts forever. And it's cheaper.



xtwistedxlovex
by Gold Member on Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM
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Pick up some liquid blueing. No matter what you wash with, you should use that stuff with whites.

Quoting quickbooksworm:

I used to make my own.  Honestly, it did smell better than regular detergent but my whites always looked dingy.  With the amount of oxyclean I was using to keep my whites white, it was cheaper to buy regular detergent.

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