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    Homemade laundry soap

    Low sudsing and safe for HE washers.

    Grate 1/3 of a large bar (or half a bar) of cheap bath soap (ivory, jergens, rosa venus are some of the ones I've used).
    Dissolve grated soap in 4 cups of water on LOW.
    After dissolving, stir into a large bucket with
    1/2 cup borax
    1/2 cup washing soda (NOT baking soda!)
    3 gallons of water
    Stir until it starts to thicken

    Cover tight and let sit for 24 hours before using.

    Stir before using.

    use 1/4 to 1/3 cup per load

    Cost per load: 2 to 3 cents (compared to to almost 30 cents per load of commercial detergents)
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    and you've tried this? Does it dissolve good and smell allright?

    stupid question~~ washing soda? what section of the store do you find that in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasmine View Post
    and you've tried this? Does it dissolve good and smell allright?

    stupid question~~ washing soda? what section of the store do you find that in?
    if the store has washing soda it will be with the other laundry supplies near the borax. ace hardware stores often have it.

    yes, this is what I use to wash my clothes.
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    the smell depends on the bar of soap you use. I've heard of people using an unscented soap and adding fragrance oils, but I don't so I would not know how much to add. Scent is light. Clothes smell clean, not perfumed.

    Yes, it dissolves fine. makes a liquid. stir it each time you use it.

    What is washing soda?
    http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the...hing-soda.html
    Arm and hammer makes the kind I use http://www.armandhammer.com/fabric-c...s/landing.aspx
    but you can also get an industrial grade version of the same compound at pool supply stores.
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    I've been making my laundry soap this way for a few years now. I use Fels Naptha soap and sometimes use Ivory. I bought all my supplies online in bulk for less than $70 over 2 years ago and I've hardly dented my stock.

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    I've used this recipe for many years, and I also have only used 'Ivory' bar soap. I've given it as gifts at Christmas, marked as "Brie's laundry snow" lol It went over well.

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    6 Secret Laundry Ingredients.
    Get whiter whites and darker darks with these ingenious additions to your laundry.
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    Whiter whites

    Do your white T-shirts tend to go grey? White socks look dirty no matter how many times they’re washed? Try one of these tried and trusted methods for making whites stay white.

    1. Baking soda : Soak in a solution of 4 liters water and 1 cup baking soda.

    2. Aspirin : Soak in hot water in which you’ve dissolved 5 aspirin tablets (325mg each).

    3. Vinegar : Add 1 cup white vinegar to the washing machine’s rinse cycle.


    Blacker blacks and darker darks

    While faded and distressed-looking garments are sometimes the height of fashion, you may prefer not to look as if the last time you went clothes shopping was in the 80s. Here are some tips for keeping black and dark-colored clothes looking like new.

    4. Coffee or tea : For black clothes, add 2 cups brewed coffee or tea to the rinse cycle.

    5. Salt : For dark colors like navy blue or plum, add 1 cup table salt to the rinse cycle.

    6. Vinegar and salt : To keep denim from fading quickly, soak jeans in salt water or a 50:50 solution of water and white vinegar before the first wash. Turn the jeans inside out before putting them in the machine and turn the temperature setting to cold.

    From Amazing Home Problem Solver http://www.readersdigeststore.com/search.htm=clean
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    i got my laundry soap at a $store where everything is a dollar

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    will give this a shot. thx
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