I make laundry soup and dishwasher detergent myself, both powders, using diynatural.com. For the people having a problem with dry laundry soap and their pipes and whatnot, you can dissolve the soap before putting it into the laundry (we saved the cap off our last bottle of Tide) with hot water. We then wash on the cold cycle. You can also make the exact recipe into liquid detergent. If you read DYI Natural's recipe, in the comments someone instructs how to make it into a liquid. Another alternative is soap nuts. I use them for my ferrets' bedding, because they really can do without any detergent, homemade or not, It is a little bit cheaper than commercial detergent and all natural (they are literally dried nuts in a cloth sack you throw in the wash and replace about every 5 cycles, and best part is that they make their bedding cleaner than any detergent I have ever bought them. The bedding doesn't feel greasy anymore, and although the nuts aren't scented, the laundry is much fresher. I put them in with the bedding, which is on hot (if you are doing a cold load, it isn't necessary but best to soak for a little while in a cup of hot water), and I put vinegar in (which I did with commercial products too because it releases pet hair and smells from fabric) and now I put a little washing soda in too. I don't measure, just pour. Hope this helps! :)
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I plan to make goat soap come spring. I bought the glycerine but the summer kid didn't suckle very long and nanny went dry early. Hopefully we'll get milk enough for soap and for edibles the next kidding.
I'd like to point out that if you're making your own soap from scratch that lye(NaOH) is nasty caustic stuff and you need to be careful with with it.
On the hair washing front, there's a whole community of people on LiveJournal who use baking soda to wash and vinegar to condition their hair. The amounts I've seen recommended run to about a tablespoon of baking soda or vinegar to four ounces of water.
I use Charlie's Soap for laundry, because we cloth diaper, so I have strike a balance between good for the environment, good for our septic tank, and "doesn't leave diapers smelling like pee."
For hand soap I use Dr. Bronner's diluted, and dispense it through foaming containers I bought years ago with other soaps in them.
I was making my own shampoo from the Bronner's, too, but when I had my daughter I gave up on that. Should start doing it again. IT was basically strong herbal tea mixed with some apricot oil and Bronner's.
I also used to get the melt and pour soap and make my own just b/c I liked to make really strongly scented. I'd like to try cold-process sometime.
I use vinegar a lot too on all my floors, windows, etc. Love it!
I have heard many people say that the liquid homemade soap is wonderful. Since my experiment with the powdered soap, the plumber has told me that I need to use liquid because of the pipes we have. This house was built in the 1970's and the pipes get clogged with undissolved powdered soap. So I am now using liquid in both the clothes machine and the dish washer.
Although I do not use it, I support those who do choose to use homemade soap! I do not know of anyone over here who would barter for it, though. It would be nice!
I've never tried the dry laundry soap recipes. I prefer the liquid soaps. When I've done homemade soaps it can look like a science experiment gone awry, but usually they work in some fashion. I tweek mixes sometimes to get them to work better.
I've recently started trading my soap for family food. I have a friend that does some amazing homemade yummies. Bartering is always a great form of commerce and minimal wallet damage. Just a thought.
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I tired making laundry soap, dry soap. I don't know if I did something wrong, but it rusted my washing machine so much I had to get a new one. So I'm hesitant to use homemade clothes soap or dish soap now.
I do buy and use homemade body soap, though, and Love it!
I LOVE making my own laundry soap. There are numerous recipes out there that you can try. If you have some time and patience you can end up saving a ton in addition to doing good for the environment. I've also become addicted to using vinegar as a cleaner in various concentrations. A gallon of vinegar runs about $3 and it will replace about a dozen cleaners saving money without the fumes.
I've shared just a couple of websites that I like to frequent for cleaning ideas. I hope this helps! If you need more direction just let me know I'd be happy to help.
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