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Re: Home Made Laundry Detergent & More

Post  camprn on Sun 11 Mar 2012 - 9:56

AH, isn't chemistry interesting? Dont forget, when filling the jugs, don't go to the top, you will want to shake it to remix! Very Happy

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Post  RoOsTeR on Sun 11 Mar 2012 - 10:42

@camprn wrote:AH, isn't chemistry interesting? Dont forget, when filling the jugs, don't go to the top, you will want to shake it to remix! Very Happy

So camp, when filling your final containers, you only fill then half full of the detergent and the other half with more water? So am I correct in thinking that my 5 gal mix is actually 10 gallons finished product?

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Re: Home Made Laundry Detergent & More

Post  camprn on Sun 11 Mar 2012 - 10:59

nKedrOoStEr wrote:
@camprn wrote:AH, isn't chemistry interesting? Dont forget, when filling the jugs, don't go to the top, you will want to shake it to remix! Very Happy

So camp, when filling your final containers, you only fill then half full of the detergent and the other half with more water? So am I correct in thinking that my 5 gal mix is actually 10 gallons finished product?
Yes, you are correct. I use a quart container, like a yogurt container and using a funnel pour 2 quarts of the gel-ish mix in ten one gallon milk containers. Then I fill to about 1.5 inches from the top with water, cap and store. Wink

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Post  FarmerValerie on Sun 18 Mar 2012 - 10:09

@UnderTheBlackWalnut wrote:FV - I was thinking of you all winter long! I'm so glad to see you back and posting. Please take care of yourself and recover, but know we are thinking of and missing you! Smile BIG hug

Thanks so much, not sure how much I'll be able to get on, time and internet are issues. My internet comes and goes, mostly goes.... Thanks for your comments.

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Post  RoOsTeR on Sun 18 Mar 2012 - 10:37

We've used the laundry detergent for 1 week now and it's passed the test At my house the washing machine gets a constant workout! With my job and young kids, the machine is always full of dirty clothes. My wife says for the price, it can't be beat, but she doesn't think the whites get as white (like socks) as she would like. Me, I could care less. Ain't nobody gonna see my socks except me when I slip them on in the morning. I'm pretty much your typical male + dirty plumber to boot. My jeans are my hand towel, and on occasion my sleeve serves as a hanky affraid and my clothes have been just fine. She agrees though that the cost savings and cleaning for the most part are great! I'd say for everyday laundry this stuff can't be beat. Plus, just like anyone else with kids knows, half the time the clothes that are in their hamper just kinda end up there and aren't worn at all... tongue

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Re: Home Made Laundry Detergent & More

Post  camprn on Sun 18 Mar 2012 - 11:50

I have the same issue with the whites not getting as white. And I have to wear white. Shocked so, I presoak the things I really want white and then use bleach and the HOT setting.


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Homemade Fabric Softener

Post  morganfam7 on Sun 18 Mar 2012 - 16:12

I haven't tried this yet, but hopefully soon.



Homemade Fabric Softener

6 cups hot water
3 cups vinegar
2 cups Suave Refreshing Waterfall Conditioner {or other favorite scent}

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Re: Home Made Laundry Detergent & More

Post  AvaDGardner on Wed 21 Mar 2012 - 15:18

I've been making homemade laundry soap for years. I use the liquid variety, because I don't like powdered soaps (I think it makes cloth pill faster).

I started with a slightly different recipe than the one liquid one given in the thread. Over time, I found our whites were graying, so I boosted the powder content. That did the trick, and white are white now without using bleach (which breaks down the integrity of fabric).

I don't like the gelatinous goop either, so I've made another change. I'm testing it currently, to see if the whites are affected.

Each batch makes 2 gallons. I keep two old liquid laundry gallon containers around, and refill them. We use the cap for a measure - 1/2 cup.

We do a lot of laundry. We have a DH and DM with hyper skin sensitivies, 2 prone to get food on their clothes, 1 prone to bladder and bowel loss (way worse than diapers), heavy dirt gardeners, desert players, and a stinky 13yo boy. I treat urine (ammonia) with vinegar in the load, and pre-soak feces stains in Biz), and spot food and blood with Zout.

Our water is hard (lime and salts), awful and irritating.

I'm in the "if it doesn't smell weird, it's clean camp" and I want no signs of spots.

On the first go round, I priced it all out (including the bucket to mix) and it works out to $0.125 cents per gallon...or 2 gallons for a whopping 25 cents! SUCH a savings over the $10/gal natural stuff I used to buy. Even with extra powder, it's still really cheap.

Now I use homemade dishwasher detergent too, although it needs some tweaking. I hated that they removed the phosphates. They removed hard water stains and detergent residue as well as capture air (the bubbles). 9 states complained and all 50 lost it! Evil or Very Mad


The Original takes some time, and I either start it the night before or first thing in the morning.

Original Laundry Detergent:
  1. A bucket, marked with 1/2 gal, 1 gal, 1-1/2 gal and 2 gal indicators (I used a Sharpie)
  2. 1/3 laundry soap (fels naptha, zote, etc. OR substitute a bar of bath soap)
  3. 1/2 cup borax
  4. 1/2 cup washing soda (NOT baking soda yet also sold by Arm & Hammer Corp).

I slice up the soap into thin slivers, grating is too messy and time consuming. It takes me about 10 min to slice.

Fill a dutch oven (spaghetti pot) with water. It's probably 6-8 cups. Soak your soap overnight if you wish, or simply heat on low until the cut up bar soap is dissolved. Let cool. NOTE: the lye in the soap has a distinctive smell. I keep a lid on it, and the exhaust fan on.

Add the powders to the liquid. Some add the powders to the hot liquid. I do it when the liquid is cool or lukewarm.

The heat increases the speed of the 'egg drop soup' consistency.

Add additional water to the 2 gal mark. Pour into containers (easier to do when cool).

Shake container before using. 1/2 cup per load.


Improved Original Laundry Detergent: (Still gelatinous, whiter whites)
  1. A bucket, marked with 1/2 gal, 1 gal, 1-1/2 gal and 2 gal indicators (I used a Sharpie)
  2. 1/3 laundry soap (fels naptha, zote, etc. OR substitute a bar of bath soap)
  3. 1 cup borax
  4. 1 cup washing soda (NOT baking soda yet also sold by Arm & Hammer Corp).


Mix as above.

I don't like the gooeyness or the thick skin it develops when exposed to air, and I don't like how the powders lump and don't dissolve. It's based on a chemical reaction between the powders and the lye.


TESTING: Laundry Detergent: (NON-gelatinous & REALLY FAST)
  1. A bucket, marked with 1/2 gal, 1 gal, 1-1/2 gal and 2 gal indicators (I used a Sharpie)
  2. 1 oz liquid castile soap (I use 1/2 bottle of Dr Bronner's samples)
  3. 1 cup borax
  4. 1 cup washing soda (NOT baking soda yet also sold by Arm & Hammer Corp).

Fill your bucket with water to 1.5 gal mark. Add your ingredients. Add more water to the 2 gal mark. Pour into containers. Use 1/2 gal per load. It may thicken a very small amount.

NOTE: to get rid of the lumps I put about 2-4 cups of water in the blender, add the dry soaps and blend them up. Then I add them to the bucket with the castile soap.

So far, it's doing great. No more waiting around for soap to be made or lye smell from the kitchen or running the exhaust fan for hours. No stink and no stains in the clothes. The gray buildup (if it happens) takes a while (under observation!).


NOW...Does anyone know
  • how to make bleach? Or,
  • how to make Zout (my favorite pre-spotter). Or,
  • how to make a dishwasher detergent that cleans, doesn't spot or smell weird(we don't use dry heat on dishes)? Or
  • can identify Gwennifer's Flubber?


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Re: Home Made Laundry Detergent & More

Post  morganfam7 on Sat 24 Mar 2012 - 18:59

We're doing the fabric softener this week, so I'll report back once I know.

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Post  AvaDGardner on Tue 10 Apr 2012 - 1:47

Morgan, how did the fabric softener test go?

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Post  Goosegirl on Tue 10 Apr 2012 - 8:03

@morganfam7 wrote:I haven't tried this yet, but hopefully soon.



Homemade Fabric Softener

6 cups hot water
3 cups vinegar
2 cups Suave Refreshing Waterfall Conditioner {or other favorite scent}

(Read more: http://thefrugalgirls.com/2010/10/homemade-fabric-softener.html#ixzz1pV8HVagy)

I am definitely trying this!

GG

PS - Just mixed up a batch and Hubby will try it out on Laundry Day!


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Post  CarolinaGirl on Tue 10 Apr 2012 - 8:51

Do these soaps work in an HE washer? We had issues once when we accidentally bought non-HE soap.. we had soap suds coming up out of the vent on the back of the washer. We now make sure that we get the HE kind. I wouldn't mind trying homemade detergent, but fear having a repeat of the suds out the back (and onto the wall and down the wall to the floor.. we just put down new flooring and don't want water damage already lol).

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Post  camprn on Tue 10 Apr 2012 - 11:02

@CarolinaGirl wrote:Do these soaps work in an HE washer? We had issues once when we accidentally bought non-HE soap.. we had soap suds coming up out of the vent on the back of the washer. We now make sure that we get the HE kind. I wouldn't mind trying homemade detergent, but fear having a repeat of the suds out the back (and onto the wall and down the wall to the floor.. we just put down new flooring and don't want water damage already lol).
I use mine in the HE washer, works just fine, low suds. Very Happy

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Re: Home Made Laundry Detergent & More

Post  JeanneRamick on Tue 10 Apr 2012 - 12:48

@AvaDGardner wrote: NOW...Does anyone know

  • how to make bleach? Or,
  • how to make Zout (my favorite pre-spotter). Or,
  • how to make a dishwasher detergent that cleans, doesn't spot or smell weird(we don't use dry heat on dishes)?
Google searching turned up a recipe for bleach and dish-washer detergent, but nothing for Zout

Bleach Recipe:
1 gallon water
2 cups chlorinated lime
3 cups washing soda

Mix in an old plastic bucket. Stir well. Let stand, uncovered, for 24 hours.
Strain into storage containers. Use like any commercial bleach. AVOID CONTACT
WITH SKIN AND FUMES WHEN MIXING.

Dishwasher Detergent Recipe:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt

Fill rinse agent compartment with white vinegar.
Probably a good idea to go to their FAQ page, too because it sounds as if it's a little problematic. Here's that link:
http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-dishwasher-detergent-soap-faqs/

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Post  AvaDGardner on Tue 10 Apr 2012 - 13:02

LOL...That dishwashing recipe is what I use. It is not very good though. Even with vinegar it can leave a residue on the dishes.

Worse, it makes me cry or my eyes burn, the acridity is so bad (and heat dry is OFF). On the flip side, it is cleaning the heating coil in the DW. If I don't run the oven's exaust fan, I can't be in the house. I smell it even upstairs.

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Post  Goosegirl on Tue 10 Apr 2012 - 15:10

@camprn wrote:
@CarolinaGirl wrote:Do these soaps work in an HE washer? We had issues once when we accidentally bought non-HE soap.. we had soap suds coming up out of the vent on the back of the washer. We now make sure that we get the HE kind. I wouldn't mind trying homemade detergent, but fear having a repeat of the suds out the back (and onto the wall and down the wall to the floor.. we just put down new flooring and don't want water damage already lol).
I use mine in the HE washer, works just fine, low suds. Very Happy

We have been using homemade laundry soap for several years. It hardly makes any suds at all - I had to work HARD to convince Hubby that the clothes were getting clean. The brown water convinced him!

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