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Old 05-23-2010, 03:57 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Hey all. I was reading up on this a little yesterday. One site says to use bar type laundry soap and pare it down into curls, putting it into a container with hot water and letting sit overnight.

Do not quote me but that is the jist of it. Does anyone here make their own?

I am down to the last drop of my dawn that I love but I am so over the price!
Anyone out there? Making your own? Let me know!
TIA

Robyn
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:03 PM
 
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I can usually get dishwashing detergent for free or no more than 50 cents a bottle by clipping coupons and watching for sales. I haven't ever tried to make my own nor do I have the time right now.

Anxious to see if others have a solution for you.
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Dish soap? I hold my dishes under hot running water, and rub them down with my hands until they squeak. I make a scrub pad (by tying up onion bags) for stuff that's stuck on. I haven't washed anything with soap in months. Maybe a little soap for a plastic storage container that had something really greasy in it.

(They don't really 'squeak', but you can start to feel resistance when you've got the grease off. When camping, old pinecones lying on the ground make great scrub pads.)
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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OK, I got 8 bars of dial for 2.96. This was a couple of weeks ago at Wal Mart. Roughly .37. I followed the same instructions listed above and I guess I used about a half a bar of soap. I mixed it up with water in a ziploc plastic container early this afternoon and just went and checked on it and wow. I used too much soap. This just means I can thin it out and it will have made more.

I will let you know how it works on the dishes. I am quite sure it would be a good body wash too.. I like it. So far it is way more than a bottle of dish soap.... now if someone had not thrown out the last empty bottle.... hmm
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:17 AM
 
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OK, I tried it. It could use some more grease cutting ability but it did the job. It reminds me of Ivory dish soap. I think it would make a good body wash...
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think the principle ingredient in dish soap would be the detergent quality. Everything else comes off easy, but for clean dishes, you need to cut the grease.

The bar soap I use for absolutely everything (shave, shower, shampoo) is Zote, imported from Mexico. It's getting hard to find the Zote soap that is not colored and scented, even in Mexico, but most stores also sell one of the other Mexican brands, the names of which I cannot recall. If they're not on the bar-soap shelf, look near the laundry soaps. The bars that are white or dark amber are very close to pure soap, the kind you pay twenty times as much for at craft fairs. It's the soap standard in every third world country. It doesn't float, like Ivory, because it's not 'whipped', but its a quarter of the price and has less aroma, but feels similar.

Pikantari's ziploc bag idea would probably work perfectly for converting Zote into a liquid soap application.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:54 PM
 
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I think the principle ingredient in dish soap would be the detergent quality. Everything else comes off easy, but for clean dishes, you need to cut the grease.

The bar soap I use for absolutely everything (shave, shower, shampoo) is Zote, imported from Mexico. It's getting hard to find the Zote soap that is not colored and scented, even in Mexico, but most stores also sell one of the other Mexican brands, the names of which I cannot recall. If they're not on the bar-soap shelf, look near the laundry soaps. The bars that are white or dark amber are very close to pure soap, the kind you pay twenty times as much for at craft fairs. It's the soap standard in every third world country. It doesn't float, like Ivory, because it's not 'whipped', but its a quarter of the price and has less aroma, but feels similar.

Pikantari's ziploc bag idea would probably work perfectly for converting Zote into a liquid soap application.

Would that be the same as the old Octagon soap we use to wash clothes with ?

I am trying the washing soda and liquid soap now for washing clothes. Works good .
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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Would that be the same as the old Octagon soap we use to wash clothes with ?
My grandmother always kept Octagon soap around. When we kids got full of red bugs from playing in the woods, she'd have us wash with it. It got rid of them too! I didn't know it had another use. lol
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:56 AM
 
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I don't make home made dish soap, but I make home made laundry soap and fabric softener.
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Old 06-04-2010, 01:43 AM
 
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You don't need to do anything to the bar - just put it in the sink when you fill it with water, allow the water to run over the cake.

You can even dry the soap off with your dishcloth and then put it on a dish under your sink for next time.

I saw this on a news segment about how to save money on detergent.
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