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August 7th, 2008, 07:29 PM
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I dont know if anyone had post this thread yet, anyway I found an interesting blog from Frugal Moma (http://frugalmoma.blogspot.com/) to make your own laundry soap, wich is great, cause you save a lot of money, plus they arent any harmful chemicals that can hurt your skin.
In the website, you can see the instructional video... Ill post it here too:

This makes enough for 64 loads and costs a little over a dollar to make, so about two cents per load. This is a really good detergent -- it cleans well, rinses completely out, and leaves clothes soft and smelling fresh instead of chemical-ish. It does not suds up much while washing. And it bears an unfortunate resemblance to a bucket full of boogers.

1 bar Octagon soap (found in the laundry aisle), grated
3/4 cup washing soda (Arm & Hammer is the most common brand)
3/4 cup borax (20 Mule Team is the most common brand)
1 medicine dropper of tea tree oil

Put the grated soap in a saucepan with 6 cups water and heat on medium-low, stirring occassionally, until it is melted. Add the soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Add the tea tree oil.

Pour 1 quart of hot water into a bucket. Add the dissolved soap and stir. Add 1.5 gallons of water and stir again. It can be used immediately, but it will gel up after about 24 hours.

Use 1/2 cup per load.

Most delis (grocery stores, Costco, etc.) get salads and stuff in small white buckets that are just right for this recipe. If you ask nicely, they'll probably give you one.

I modified it in 2 ways.
First, I used Ivory bar soap instead of the Octagon. I believe the Octagon must be green or something giving it a bucket of boogers appearance because mine is milky white. But we have Ivory around here since my husband uses it for daily washing.
Second, I left out the tea tree oil. I have tea tree oil, I use it for skin blemishes and other various things, but I did not want my clothes to smell like it. In fact I didn't want them to smell like anything!

And thanks to these minor adjustments, I can use this homemade brew on my cloth diapers. I literally take a spoon from the kitchen like a cereal spoon or soup spoon whatever and scoop out a bit of the watery part of the mixture and put it in the wash with the diapers. Works great and isn't clogging them at all.

To get started I needed to get the bucket to store the soap. I went ahead and bought a large 5 gallon Tupperware type tub with a lid from Walmart, cost less then $3 for the cheapest. And it fills the thing to the top when done!

I also got a second grater, not necessary but for some reason I didn't want to be grating my soap on the same grater I use to grate my cheese. I'm weird I guess. I mean, what's cleaner than soap!

Then the Borax, easy, on the laundry isle in any store really.

I already had the Ivory, but it seriously costs like 89 cents for 3 bars or something ridiculous like that.

The washing soda was another story. I couldn't find it at my regular Walmart so I decided to start calling stores. No one seemed to know what I was talking about but they were usually nice enough to check for me. I thought I'd be calling forever then I found about.com lists a phone number for Arm and Hammer (1-800-524-1328). You call and run through a menu that will tell you the name and address of stores near you that sold your product in the last few months. What a genius idea! I suggest you try it first before venturing out for the ingredients to make sure the store you plan on visiting will have it just to save yourself a trip.

I also cleaned out one each a one gallon and a half gallon milk jugs to measure my water with.

Once I had all these things I made the soap. I stuck my baby in his Exersaucer, which he loves. And I got going! Grated soap, melted it in pot (I also set aside the pot for use only on this) - this part takes the longest. So while it was working I got everything else measured out and set aside ready to go. My baby actually got tired of his Saucer before the soap finished melting so I held him for the last few pieces. Make sure it all melts completely or you may get some crazy lumps of soap that will throw off the balance of the batch. The whole thing took about an hour.

Source: Frugal Mama (http://frugalmoma.blogspot.com/)
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August 10th, 2008, 10:30 AM
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I want to try this!
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August 11th, 2008, 11:00 AM
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I started using a similar recipe over the weekend and LOVE it! I use Castille soap instead.
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August 21st, 2008, 10:13 PM
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Yes it works great! I love it, highly recommended to all mommies trying to save some money and be eco-friendly.
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