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9/4/10 2:57 P

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I am bumping this thread up so you can find it.
I copied some of the links onto a thread called:
"My thrifty tip of the day"
on our teams FORUM titled: "Frugal Tips, Q & A, Recipes/Menus Forum"

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8/27/10 4:12 P

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I had heard of this but was too lazy to look it up. I just moved to a house on a septic system, so I think this will be even better for the septic system too. Thank you.

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8/27/10 11:03 A

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This recipe sounds easy too--will try it sometime!!
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8/27/10 11:02 A

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The only thing that seems to be missing from these formulas is "bluing" -- it's that blue stuff that makes clothes appear whiter, and it makes colors look a little more vivid.

It's really tough to get bluing here (liquid "Bluette" was the only brand, but it seems to have disappeared).

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8/27/10 11:01 A

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Yep--it'll work fine in cold water--I haven't used hot in years!! Jean

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8/27/10 10:21 A

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This is my tried and true homemade powder detergent:

1 bar ivory soap
1/2 cup washing soda (arm & hammer - make sure it's "washing")
1/2 cup borax

Grate the ivory soap. I usually use the big side of the grater and then toss it in my food processor to get it small. You want it like powder. Mix it with the washing powder and borax and there you go.

It really does work just as good as name brand detergent and the best part is it only takes 1 - 2 tbsp per load! LOVE it.

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8/26/10 9:32 P

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We must all be on the same wavelength here -- I looked up laundry soap recipes last week. I hadn't known they existed until I read something somewhere and started to Google it. I couldn't believe there were so many variations with similar ingredients.

Here are a few of the dozens that I found:

Homemade Powdered Detergent for front-loading washers:
http://diynatural.com/simple-easy-fast-e
ffective-jabs-homemade-laundry-detergent/

Two styles of Homemade detergent for both top-loading & front-loading washers (they're mixed in with food recipes! So it's a few recipes down the page, under a dessert!):
http://www.duggarfamily.com/recipes.html

Homemade Laundry Detergent & Bathroom Cleaner:
http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/wh
y-homemade-laundry-detergent-rocks-lm.
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I haven't made any yet, and supposedly the ones that result in a gel are the best, but I'm still researching the dry-powdered recipes because I have to carry everything a couple of blocks or so to the laundromat -- powder is lighter and usually accident-proof.

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8/26/10 9:24 P

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I want to try this, but I am not sure it would work in our washer which is one of the new ones and less than a year old.

I would like to hear feed back from anybody who might know.

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8/26/10 9:23 P

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Will this work when the water in the washing machine is cold, or just when it's hot? (I typically buy coldwater detergents since you don't have to use as much, so I'm used to cold, that's why I ask.)

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8/26/10 8:11 P

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1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha bar soap (5.5 oz. bar)
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer super washing soda
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax--laundry booster
1 Tablespoon essential oil (optional)
2 one gallon jugs

Grate the bar soap and put in a large saucepan with 6 cups of water. Heat on medium heat until soap melts. Add soda, borax and oil and continue to cook 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let partially cool. Stir and put half the mix in each jug. Fill each jug half full of hot water and shake well. Fill jugs to the top, shake again and set aside for 24 hours.
Use 1/2 to 2/3 cup per load--will not suds up like other detergents. Shake before each use--it tends to settle a bit. Also I use vinegar jugs--they are heavier than milk jugs. This probably costs about 40 cents a gallon to make and lasts us (2 people) for 2 to 3 months. You might have to pre-treat greasy food spots and bad grass stains. good luck--Jean

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