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Old 12-04-2016, 10:29 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I just asked about not using detergent because -- any be I'm dirtier and greaser than I think I am…but:

1) I really don't think my clothes need more than a good, hard rinse most of the time (they're not "dirty"
2) I was curious about a "natural cleaner" like basking soda (but I'm not going to start making or mixing my own "non-detergent cleaner. I'm just not going to do that work. And don't care enough about it to make my own laundry cleaner.
4) I think I WILL start using less detergent, and maybe only using detergent every other wash.
Same here. They really need a freshening, not that much of a cleaning. But you do get body oils and maybe some light odors on clothing.

Baking soda won't do anything that I know of. Making your own got easier when I just bought the ingredients and threw them into the washer with the clothes without mixing them.

I take Fels Naptha Soap, Box of washing soda, box of Borax. They all sit on the shelf and when I do laundry the lazy way, I just scrape some of the bar soap, shake some powder from the two boxes and that's all. Add hot water.

NO MIXING or making home made. Just buy the three items. Borax will do wonders at freshening and brightening.

For cold water wash, which can be almost everything, I'll use a tiny bit of Woolite and dump some Borax in with it.

Twenty Mule Team Borax.

https://www.thebalance.com/borax-lau...ooster-1387922

Borax inhibits many organisms, including fungi.
It also whitens and boosts cleaning power.
I think it's great with just a teeny bit of soap/Woolite if your clothes are not really dirty and just need freshening.

It's cheap and no extra trouble at all. Just dump a little bit into the washer.
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:30 AM
 
Location: 76102
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If the clothes aren't dirty, why wash them at all?

I wear some of my skirt 10 times before sending them for dry cleaning.

Lots of clothes I wear several time, even t-shirts.

Do the smell test, if it is funky, wash it, if not, steam the wrinkles out and hang it up for another wearing.
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Old 12-05-2016, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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Throw a teaspoon of TSP into the wash.
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:43 AM
 
Location: la la land
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You can get detergent in the dollar store & it's not half bad
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:41 PM
 
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Detergent is an area where I came to the conclusion that the money saved isn't worth spending any time or effort (making my own). A big jug is $14 at Sams and does 115 loads. I do about 2 loads/week so ~$13/year...not worth thinking about. Even for a family of 5 you'd only be talking maybe $80/year.

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Old 12-07-2016, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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sometimes i will just throw my clothes in the washing machine and then take them out an hour later. ill do that if they arent super dirty and im not going any place too fancy in them.
So you don't even turn it on?
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Old 12-07-2016, 12:12 AM
 
Location: la la land
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So you don't even turn it on?
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Old 12-08-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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I don't know where else to post this question so here goes. I'm looking for a laundry detergent that doesn't suds too much. Even with using the right amount or less of All Free & Clear (liquid) I have to always use a second rinse, sometimes even a third to get the suds out. I have a Whirlpool top loader which is fairly new but I had the same issue with the previous washing machine.


I looked this up online yesterday and one of the suggestions was All detergent which I'm already using. Would powder detergent be better or maybe the detergent pods? Some of the other suggestions online were Wisk, Tide and Gain. Any suggestions?
Look closely at the measuring cap. There should be lines there for heavy load, normal load and light load. Try light load, and if that's too soapy, cut that amount in half. Are you adding anything else to the load? Laundry detergent isn't formulated to be sudsy anymore...
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Old 12-15-2016, 03:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Detergent is an area where I came to the conclusion that the money saved isn't worth spending any time or effort (making my own). A big jug is $14 at Sams and does 115 loads. I do about 2 loads/week so ~$13/year...not worth thinking about. Even for a family of 5 you'd only be talking maybe $80/year.
That jug from Sams only does 115 loads if you're using the lowest line on the cup, if you fill the cup all the way you get about half as many loads from it. I wash four large loads a week and use four jugs of Sam's detergent a year. It's still a good deal.
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Old 02-25-2017, 01:02 AM
 
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I mix up gallon jugs of the following:

3 Tablespoons borax
3 Tablespoons washing soda
3 Tablespoons Meyers liquid soap (or anything you like including Dawn if you have really greasy or exceptionally dirty stuff)

I put hot tap water in the bottom of a gallon jug (kindly donated from neighbor who buys liquid laundry detergent at Costco), add borax and soda, shake to dissolve. Fill jug with cold water leaving room for liquid soap. Shake gently. I let it sit overnight and shake again. Good to go.

We're on a septic and service guy says we're doing fine, better than when we were using powdered detergents. Had a top loader and now a front loader, works fine in both. Husband is retired mechanic and daughter worked on fishing docks. 1/4 cup gets their stuff clean. I use much less as my clothes see the inside of an office cubical all day.

$10 for all the ingredients and 5 minutes to mix it up. I make 2 gallons at a time about every 4 months. The ingredients will make up 15-20 gallons I would guess. Last time I checked one gallon of liquid laundry detergent was $7-15 depending on brand and store.
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