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Old 01-14-2024, 04:35 AM
 
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Hi, I've been looking around the internet and basically, the ingredients I have found are:
pure bar soap
borax
washing soda
baking soda.


but elsewhere I found some warnings, that this homemade detergent may be hard on some machines and or fabric.


Has anyone had any experience with this, or similar recipe?


thanks
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Old 01-14-2024, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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Yes, I tried to make homemade laundry detergent once then decided not to bother doing it again.

There were several problems with using them. First, it was time consuming. The 'cubes' which I produced did not dissolve easily. The laundry turned out OK but not any cleaner or 'fresher' than commercial laundry detergents.

I find it much simpler just to use commercial laundry detergent. I do not like detergents with fragrances and have been using " Tide Liquid Simple Laundry Detergent - Free & Gentle"
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Old 01-14-2024, 05:32 PM
 
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Like the above poster, I made this once. A newly divorced friend wanted to try it as a cost saving measure, and I let her use my kitchen. I remember the unholy mess we made, as well as the meh results. Never again.
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Old 01-14-2024, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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Hi, I've been looking around the internet and basically, the ingredients I have found are:
pure bar soap
borax
washing soda
baking soda.
but elsewhere I found some warnings, that this homemade detergent may be hard on some machines and or fabric.
Has anyone had any experience with this, or similar recipe?
thanks
It could be hard on some HE washers and fabrics. They may leave residue on the machine (and fabrics) which builds up over time. Store bought detergents are specially formulated and could be more efficient or effective.

You might try your recipe but replace whatever soap with Castile liquid soap.
Just don't make a lot for the first try leaving a room to adjust your formula to your likeness.

Last edited by elnina; 01-14-2024 at 11:24 PM..
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Old 01-15-2024, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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There are several articles explaining why homemade laundry soap is not a good idea.

1. What Are the Risks of Using Homemade Laundry Soap?

https://heysunday.com/blogs/learn/wh...ry-soap-is-bad

2.Why you actually CAN’T make homemade laundry detergent

http://butterbeliever.com/homemade-l...gent-soap-diy/

3. Your Homemade Laundry Soap MIGHT Be Ruining Your Laundry!

https://naturesnurtureblog.com/homem...soap-problems/
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Old 01-17-2024, 06:35 AM
 
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Thanks for replies.
As a measure of desperation, this time I used a few drops of shampoo. It is shampoo I don't use on my hair bec. it doesn't make suds - and I like suds to wash my hair.
It seems to have worked ok, at least my clothes don't have the awful smell they get from the "non-allergic", "non-fragrance" commercial detergent.

And I've got a couple weeks til my next wash to figure out s solution..
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Old 01-20-2024, 04:30 PM
 
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I do this 1x a year so if memory serves me right, it's about 4 ziploc bags sent to me thru Ebay. Years ago I collected old laundry containers from the recycle center and are still re-using them so it saves the enviornment to some degree. My clothes seem to last a little longer with this less toxic concoction yet it may be because I only add soap to every other wash. One downfall is storing all the containers so last time, I made only 50% of what was mailed to me. We use a 5 gallon bucket to make it outside, usually during summer using the hose.

The first year I did all the work myself. Grabbed a cheese shredder to shred the Fels-Naptha soap while watching TV and it stunk the house up, used my own measuring cups, and t's just too much money for the tiny amount of money you save. I like not having to shop for the ingredients, haul them inside my house and store it all.

If Sellers on Ebay are willing to sell homemade laundry soap making maybe a $5-$7 profit using their own elbow grease, measuring it all out in ziploc bags for me, I am for it. I also watched a youtube video to learn how to make it. $22 or less is what we pay for one years worth of laundry soap. That's about $2 a month
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Old 01-21-2024, 03:18 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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As a homesteader/prepper, I've come to realize that it's nice to know how to do certain things, but not necessarily efficient to actually do them on a regular basis. Eg- raising chickens to feed, slaughter, clean & cook yourself is too much work and expense when you can get a fresh roasted chicken at the Kwik-Trip for $5, or raising a cow to milk twice each and every day, even when it's -25*F and she's freezing her teats off (literally) dragging them thru 3 ft of snow in January, giving you 8 gal of milk each and every day, although you only use 2 gal a week, etc etc....Just not worth it.

Making your own soap or detergent is another one. ...and do you still use a wash tub & wash board or beat the clothes on rocks down by the stream too?
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Old 01-21-2024, 09:35 AM
 
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As a homesteader/prepper, I've come to realize that it's nice to know how to do certain things, but not necessarily efficient to actually do them on a regular basis. Eg- raising chickens to feed, slaughter, clean & cook yourself is too much work and expense when you can get a fresh roasted chicken at the Kwik-Trip for $5, or raising a cow to milk twice each and every day, even when it's -25*F and she's freezing her teats off (literally) dragging them thru 3 ft of snow in January, giving you 8 gal of milk each and every day, although you only use 2 gal a week, etc etc....Just not worth it.

Making your own soap or detergent is another one. ...and do you still use a wash tub & wash board or beat the clothes on rocks down by the stream too?
Great points. I do feel making homemade laundry soap at home is worth it BUT only if you buy it from Ebay already pre-shredded and measured. However it might be a wash. I enjoy doing it outside in the morning letting it cook on its own in 100 degree heat on the lawn
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Old 01-21-2024, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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You can buy surfactants (wetting agent) in bulk, at the agricultural stores.
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