save money and make your own laundry soap

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  1. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    save money and make your own laundry soap

    I copied this from another forum



    i kept hearing about making your own laundry soap from TV and people from work. i thought yaa right how good can it it work. well here is one web sight of many that i found this one was the exact recipe i used to make mine. i washed all my work cloths in tide and then rewashed the same load with this homemade stuff and the water was BLACK. it cleaned out all the grease and oil stains that have been in my work cloths for a long time. its cheap and easy to make. smells pretty good too.

    http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm
     
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    Betcha money it won't work in "HE" machines. :)
     

  3. GlockPride

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    Interesting. Have you tried it?

    Edit: duh! Read the post.
     
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    Wonder if it uses the "secret ingredient"
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    Interesting!

    bookmarked*
     
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    Thanks!!!
     
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  9. Glock&KimberLady

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    I've actually made my own laundry soap from Fels Naphtha soap, washing soda, and borax. Works really well. I'm just lazy and don't want to grate the soap, so I buy Kirkland's stuff. :supergrin:
     
  10. econjon

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    My wife has been making laundry soap using this same recipe for 9 months and we've had great results. We actually make a 5 gallon bucket's worth at a time which lasts us 2 months (family of 4). We figured out that we can make approximately five of these 5 gallon batches for about $12 total. We stocked up on $50 worth of stuff and now have laundry detergent for the next 4 years at the rate we use it :)

    Does it work? I was very skeptical at first but we've done side by side comparisons with Tide, Kirkland brand, etc and I can't tell the difference, they all seemed to come out equally clean. That's good enough for me.
     
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    I'm going to try this!
     
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    Is it hard on colors, do you notice any fading?
     
  13. econjon

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    I haven't noticed fading other than just that caused by wearing and washing over time, the same that we've experienced with commercial soaps.

    I haven't taken the time to compare ingredient labels but as I understand it the 3 main ingredients in the home made recipe are essentially the same used in most commercial detergents...just processed differently, scented, etc and you don't pay for the packaging and water/fillers.

    Edited to add: since we've started making our own, we've had family and friends who started making their own as well. Everyone seems to have the same positive experience we've had. Heck, it's so cheap to make, whip up a batch and put it to the test!
     
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    I am going to make a batch this weekend.
     
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    I was thinking about that as I opened this thread.
     
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    Ill have to try this too.
     
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    Don't use anything with borax if you care about color.
     
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    All three of the ingredients are soaps, a person could probably skip the borax altogether if they were worried about it. As I mentioned I haven't noticed any color fading issues after almost a year...my wife's sunday dresses still look new.
     
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    The environment isn't why I do it, just enjoy saving money where I can.