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Old 02-16-2009, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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You don't use Woolite? Too expensive?

I have used Woolite just for delicates but this Orvis is good for just about everything and the price was so much better when using for all laundry for 4 of us. It came in 7.5 lb. jar and lasted long time. Haven't purchased it in a while but all around it is cheap and gentle. May not be found anywhere now but from a feed store or western/ranching store, quilting stores.

We live in Ocala, Florida ("Horse Capital of the World" they call us). The reason I am on this forum is we are trying to sell our house and move to Woodland Park or Colorado Sprs area.
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:31 AM
 
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Any other Frugal Living people making laundry detergents at home?
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Right where I want to be.
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Any other Frugal Living people making laundry detergents at home?
I'd like to try it but some of the reviews I have read mention that the soap in the homemade detergents leaves a residue in the washer and I assume it leaves the same residue on the clothes as well. I'm imagining soap scum on a shower door type of residue....don't want that in my washer or on my clothes. I'm not interested in frugal efforts that result in more work in the end. Also, part of being frugal is taking care of items so they don't need to be replaced often. I'm concerned that the soap residue damaging the clothes or washing machine, building up in the drain lines, etc.

Can anyone put my mind at ease over these issues with the homemade detergent? Is there a certain soap to use that is better than others? Maybe you can convince me to give it a try.
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I use washing soda to derust parts. In fact, my Bobcat's control panel and my trailer hitch are electrolyzing in the stuff right now! My homemade soap is made from lye, that I make from salt water. Also doubles as an excellent paint remover!
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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I'd like to try it but some of the reviews I have read mention that the soap in the homemade detergents leaves a residue in the washer and I assume it leaves the same residue on the clothes as well. I'm imagining soap scum on a shower door type of residue....don't want that in my washer or on my clothes. I'm not interested in frugal efforts that result in more work in the end. Also, part of being frugal is taking care of items so they don't need to be replaced often. I'm concerned that the soap residue damaging the clothes or washing machine, building up in the drain lines, etc.

Can anyone put my mind at ease over these issues with the homemade detergent? Is there a certain soap to use that is better than others? Maybe you can convince me to give it a try.
Haven't heard of anyone getting a residue, nor have we seen any in our clothing or washing machine.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:32 AM
 
Location: In God's country
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a friend of mine is making homemade laundry detergent. She got the recipe off the duggars website. The stuff actually works.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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I use an equal mix of Borax, cheapest powered laundry detergent I can find and baking soda (never been able to find washing soda). Mix it all together and use 2 tablespoons per load. Finish with white vinegar as a softener in the "rinse."
Been using it for a few years in my HE washer. No residue I can see, no problems with the washer.
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:13 AM
 
Location: pennsylvania
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I really like your frugal idea stock..im am going to try this cheap laundry detergent but im going to use the washing soda instead of borax I read somewhere that borax is only in liquid store bought laundry detergent and washing soda is only in powered that theres no detergent sold with both in it. I have 5 different mexican laundry detergents here already ill use one of these, I have a regular ole top loader with fairly soft water and only need 3 tablespoons of this detergent but mixing it up with washing soda and baking soda perhaps i can get by using 1 or 2 tablespoons. I have tried the homemade using borax washing soda fels naptha ect.. but I dont like it, I had issues which I wont mind talking about if anyones interested, lol....again thanks for the idea
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