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2/14/12 1:50 P

OH! Do NOT try to melt the soap in your washer unless you want some repair bills. Eventually it will gum up the works I'm told.

You can boil water on the stovetop and then melt the soap...keep a small jar (mixed water & melted soap) handy to add to the washer. I guess THIS is the reason the recipes call for the other soap. YIKES!

ANN_48 Posts: 262
2/14/12 1:43 P

I hope it works out for you. In the meantime you can use the Fels Naptha or Octagon while the Ivory is drying out. Good luck with it!

1GROVES2 Posts: 10,182
2/14/12 12:15 P

Oh....thanks, I will try that, I had to buy 10 bars of soap anyway. I decided I would jusy try to melt it in the machine before adding laundry and just use it for rugs and cleaning clothes.
Thank You !

ANN_48 Posts: 262
2/14/12 11:55 A

1Groves2, I had the same problem when I first tried the Ivory soap, but now I wrap the bars months in advance in cloth napkins and put them in drawers and closets. This way, they dry out and also freshen our clothes.

Edited by: ANN_48 at: 2/14/2012 (11:55)
1GROVES2 Posts: 10,182
2/14/12 11:26 A

Well....I tried the dry version and the Ivory soap is so soft it goms up and then then will not dissolve in the washer.....had to rewash with Tide :(

ANN_48 Posts: 262
2/13/12 9:16 A

I've never had a problem with the Ivory. I only need 1 or 2 Tbsp. per load. It's worked fine for us for many years now.

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2/13/12 8:05 A

@raggedyann - don't you get too many bubbles with ivory? Do the 'moisorizing charms" leave a residue?

ANN_48 Posts: 262
2/13/12 6:15 A

I checked out the link. Great link! I make the dry version and use Ivory soap. It's still impossible to find washing soda in my area, so if you can't find washing soda, you can go to the pool section in your local store and buy pH Plus. It's the same thing as washing soda.

2 c. soap flakes
1 c. borax
1 c. washing soda (pH plus)

Edited by: ANN_48 at: 2/13/2012 (06:26)
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2/10/12 11:13 A

My Mom said basically the same thing, laughs. It must be popular though because every grocery store is suddenly stocking washing powder and Fels Naptha soap. A few years ago you couldn't find those ingredients ANYWHERE.

I do this in the spring before washing all the clothes that were packed away. Each kid likes a different "scent" so I add a few drops of essential oils into the mix for their loads (I portion it out to 4 containers).

Right now I've added equal parts of baking soda and washing powder to my commercial detergent. It really extends it. There's a great liquid dish washing recipe on that site too if you're interested.

1GROVES2 Posts: 10,182
2/10/12 10:32 A

Thanks, this sounds like what my Grandma used back in the `60s :)

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2/10/12 9:36 A

I have several versions (my current favorite is simply an extender to my favorite commercial product). Here's a good web link, http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2011/0
7/brand-name-laundry-detergents-last.h
tml, to a couple of options.

1GROVES2 Posts: 10,182
2/8/12 2:11 P

I know this sounds silly, but I did not know where to post my question....I have heard people say that they make their own detergent ....does any one have a recipe for it? I really would like to try it.
Thanks :)

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