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Old 01/18/08, 03:56 PM
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I love my cloths soap!! Cheap and it cleans great!

I make my own cloths soap, to save money originally but I'll never go back to premade soap again.

First the recipe which I have experimented to get the way I like.
For 1 1/2 gallons of cloths soap I use:
A big pot.
1 cup of washing soda.
1 cup Borax.
1/3 bar of any bar soap. I use all natural coconut oil soap)

Fill pot with water add ingredients.
Grate the 1/3 bar of bar soap so it melts better.

Then just boil it all till its all liquid. Let cool, stirring occasionally.
The consistency when totally cooled and settled, about 24 hours later, is that of lumpy soap.

Pour into jug. I use an old left over soap jug from the store bought soap.
My jug is 1 1/2 gallons so if the mixture doesnt fill it, I just add more water to fill.

Now the soap is different. It doesnt have those great chemical sudsing agents or perfumes added. It doesnt have chemicals so the consistency is all creamy and even like store stuff.
Its watery with small creamy chunks. As it sits it gets thicker and chunkier and needs to always be shaken before you pour a cap full into your washer. ( The cap full is whatever size that big soap jug from the store holds. I think its close to one cup.)
Sometimes water needs to be added to the jug and shaken up cause it gets to thick after a few days and its hard to pour.

Now, the thing that has me hooked, besides the savings...
I was paying 6 dollars for junky generic store soap for 1 1/2 gallons.
My soap cost me 2 dollars for 1 1/2 gallons!

But, the clean is the best. With the store soap, if I forgot a load of laundry in the machine over night, the next day it stunk!
Not anymore. It smells as clean as if I took it out right after the machine was done!!!

My cloths dont smell like perfume anymore. They smell like just totally clean.

With mini farming and working with animals it sometimes took several washes to get some nasty animal odors out of cloths, like buck goat pee.
My soap takes out the odors in one washing.

I found the soap dissolves animal odors of many kinds.

I also use my soap mixed with some vinegar for cleaning floors. I add 1/2 cup of my soap and a 1/4 cup of vinegar to a gallon of water and my floors are clean and odor free!

For washing cloths you can add vinegar or bleach for odors or whiteness. Never mix vinegar and bleach!

And its environmentally friendly!!!
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Old 01/18/08, 05:28 PM
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Thank you for sharing that recipe! I'm going to try it.

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Old 01/18/08, 05:31 PM
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Thank you for sharing that recipe! I'm going to try it.

Penny
I didn't have much faith in it. It took awhile for me to find the right measurements of ingredients that work for me.
Its cheap and easy, I came into this experiment looking for disappointment not a good thing!! LOL

I am glad I tried it even though I didnt think it would be worth it because even if I had money to burn, I wouldn't go back to pre-made.
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Old 01/18/08, 07:28 PM
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i make it with fels naptha, havent tried it with regular bar soap
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Old 01/18/08, 09:03 PM
 
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I've done this with fels naptha and regular soap. I just grate the soap into hot water and let it dissolve. Then I would add the borax and washing soda along with the hot soap water into a five gallon bucket. It would gel overnight. I would just give it a stire occasionally. Sometimes I would add an essential oil for fragrance - like lavender oil. I always did a whole bar of soap - we do a lot of laundry around here!

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Old 01/18/08, 10:12 PM
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With my homemade laundry soap I noticed my clothes are really soft too. Even my jeans.

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Old 01/19/08, 12:06 AM
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are you using home made bar soap or store bought?
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Old 01/19/08, 07:01 AM
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I use my home made soap.

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What do you all mean 'washing soda'?
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Old 01/25/08, 02:44 PM
 
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I don't bother with dissoving the soap in water. My recipe is:
1 bar Fels Naptha, grated
1/2 C Borax
1/2 C washing soda

Mix together and spoon out two T into the wash. For really dirty loads, I use three T.

Works fine and use can keep many washes worth in a smallish plastic container
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Old 01/25/08, 03:07 PM
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What do you all mean 'washing soda'?
Its washing soda. Thats what its called and whats on the label.
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Old 01/25/08, 03:08 PM
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I don't bother with dissoving the soap in water. My recipe is:
1 bar Fels Naptha, grated
1/2 C Borax
1/2 C washing soda

Mix together and spoon out two T into the wash. For really dirty loads, I use three T.

Works fine and use can keep many washes worth in a smallish plastic container
I tried that but I wash in cold water. Very cold.
The soaps dont dissolve for me.
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Old 01/25/08, 03:47 PM
 
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I sometimes wash in cold water and haven't had any problem. But, my water is pretty soft which may nake the difference.
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Old 01/25/08, 04:23 PM
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I make and love the liquid version of the soap as well.
The 'washing soda' is a ph balancer, you can find it w/ the pool supplies etc. if you can't find it in the washing section.

My challange is that I have a well and there is a lot of iron... nothing seems to prevent or lessen the yellowing. I don't have a softner.
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Old 01/25/08, 05:17 PM
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Borax is used to soften the water .....
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I make and love the liquid version of the soap as well.
The 'washing soda' is a ph balancer, you can find it w/ the pool supplies etc. if you can't find it in the washing section.

My challange is that I have a well and there is a lot of iron... nothing seems to prevent or lessen the yellowing. I don't have a softner.
I have a lot of iron too and a softener and I use the iron reducing pellets and nothing works. What you have to do is buy a chlorinating system. It's really the only effective way to get it out. I take all my lights, jeans and whites to the laundry mat, that's how bad it is, one wash and they are yellow.

I plan to buy a chlorinating system (yeah, when I have and extra $1200 plus!)

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Old 01/26/08, 07:39 AM
 
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I started making myown powder recipe for my front loader and I love the way the clothes come out. Once I go thru all my fabric softener I will use vinegar. The one thing i have noticed is how clean my clothes are. We noticed the difference right away!
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Old 01/27/08, 09:51 PM
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Does the soap in the OP work in a HE front loader?

Hotw, could you post your recipe for the powder soap, please?
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Old 01/28/08, 09:45 PM
 
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I grate a bar of lye soap(I make my own) I use 1 cup of the grated soap mixed with 1/2 cup washing soda & 1/2 cup of borax, mix thoroughly.I always mix it up everytime I take powder. I use 2 tablespoons a load.If there isn't a lot of soil I use only use 1 tbsp. Keep in a tightly sealed container.
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Old 01/29/08, 05:55 PM
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Thanks! I'm gonna have to try this.
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