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Save A Ton Of Money And Make Your Own Laundry Detergent!

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It works and it's cheap! I use a food processor but you can just use a regular grater for the soap. Shred 1 bar of cheap soap (I use Ivory) add 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1 cup of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda. Use 1 or 2 tablespoons depending on the size of the load you're washing.

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I use this for all of my family's laundry. I've also used it to soak/wash cloth diapers. My baby has really sensitive skin and it doesn't bother him at all.
- Submitted by MRSGROUCHO 2/22/2011 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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SOCPAGE 3/4/2011 1:54:00 PM

    NEVER use a home-made mix in a HE washer. It can screw it up and void the warranty. In addition, it won't clean your clothes well and may over-suds the machine.
MRSGROUCHO 2/24/2011 9:17:00 PM

    Angel,I buy borax at our local grocery store.Walmart also carries it.
PKP, I use cheap prefolds and it works well on them. To soak them I disolve the detergent in hot water, then fill the bucket up with cold. I have a friend that uses pocket dipes and it works well for her also.
ANGEL_LOGAN 2/22/2011 7:45:00 PM

    where do you get borax??? And is it safe for use around kids? I know boric acid is supposedly poisonous.
CARO_41 2/22/2011 6:07:00 PM

    PKP, I use almost the same thing on all of my clothes and it seems to work well. My personal recipe is 1 bar of Naphtha soap grated, 2/3 cup borax, 2/3 cup washing soda and about 2 cups of cheap Oxyclean. I grate the soap with a parmesan grater then powder it in the food processor, then add the other ingredients and mix well. For an easy softener I mix 2 cups hot water with 1 cup baking soda, then add (slowly) 6 cups of white vinegar and stir. After that I add 4 more cups water and stir until the soda is dissolved. I fill my softener dispenser with it and my clothes look and smell great!
PKPASUPULA 2/22/2011 1:57:00 PM

    is it good for all types of cloths?

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