I have a recipe using the Fels Naptha soap and one which uses either Dawn or Ivory dish soap. The washing soda is the hardest item to find, from what I've found. But another newsletter that I subscribe to says that washing soda is just Sodium Carbonate (not bicarbonate). Soda ash, which is used in pools, is also sodium carbonate, and is cheap. The person who discovered that said she picked up 10 pounds of it at a local pool supply store for $1.89 per pound! Much cheaper than the price she found if you ordered online ($18 for 3.5 pounds, not including shipping, which works out to over $5 per pound!). Even ordering the soda ash online was $12.91 plus shipping for 5 pounds, which is still cheaper than ordering super washing soda online.
Making your own detergent works out to about 3 cents per load, compared to 35 cents per load for store bought laundry detergent, and it works for both regular and HE washing machines.
Sunlight has a laundry bar soap that can be used instead of the Fels Naptha. A few fewer ingredients but not much different A truly natural soap is made with lye which isn't good for your skin and comes with a long list of warnings, but when made into a soap it is harmless..
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I have been making my own laundry soap for a few years. I won't buy store bought ever again! I started making the liquid and about 6 months ago tried the powder form and I have to say it's much easier! My mom told me that vinegar is what her mom used when doing laundry for fabric softener and that is what I have been using for a few years. Love it and no our clothes don't smell like vinegar. (everyone always asks that!)
I just looke up the Fels Naptha soap and the ingredient list did not give me enough info to feel comfortable using it. There are warnings on the lavel to avoid skin and eye contact. May still be much better than grocery store detergent, just hard to tell. Birgit
Yesterday I made my own laundry detergent. Fels naptha bar soap, borax, washing soda, baking soda. 20 gal for less than $15. Plus, I am now using white vinegar instead of fabric softener. Today my clothes are clean, soft and static free. Economical, and about as eco-friendly as soap can get. Works in my high efficiency washing machine. I love it!!
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