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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:07 pm    Post subject: Homemade LAUNDRY & DISHWASHER Soap!!! Reply with quote

INGREDIANTS:
1 small bar ivory soap [or any other soap]
1/2 cup Washing Soda [Arm and Hammer but NOT baking soda]
1/2 cup Borax
2 tbsp Lecithin [Found this at the health food store in the vitamin section. I've also heard you can use a 1/2 cup of store bought laundry soap instead]

DIRECTIONS:
Heat soap on med-low in 1 cup water until completely melted (OR chop it up and put it in the blender with really hot water. The Ivory is so soft that this will work-not sure with a harder soap
Add 1 cup hot water and washing soda-stir until dissolved. Add 1 cup hot water and borax.
Stir well until dissolved.
Add lecithin-stir until dissolved.
Add 4 cups hot water and stir.
Remove from stove.
Pour into a bucket.
Add hot water to make 2 gallons.
Let sit stirring every 30 minutes until cool.
Then transfer into whatever container you want to keep it in.
*NOTE: A funnel comes in handy for this

FYI-It will be a little lumpy. That's ok! I wash almost all my laundry in cold water and have never had a problem with it not dissolving Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:09 pm    Post subject: Here's another recipe for homemade Laundry Soap... Reply with quote

Powder Laundry Detergent
Yield: 50 loads
2 1/2 ounces soap bar, grated into flakes (Approx. a half a bar of soap, fels naptha works great) OR you may use Ivory Soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
• Mix together and keep in closed container.
• Use one tablespoon per load.

QUESTION:
Where do you buy washing soda and borax?
ANSWER:
Washing Soda is Sodium Carbonate... Arm and Hammer brand can usually be found by the laundry detergent... DO NOT use baking soda... It is sodium bicarbonate and it won't work..

Borax can also be bought at a grocery store in the cleaning section.
If you can't find them at b&m store, look online.

TIPS
• Liquid detergent can also be used as a pretreater for stains.
• Ivory Soap, Deodorant Soap, and Beauty Bars can be substituted for the Fels Naptha Soap.

• Essential Oils can be added to soap for fragrance.

USING YOUR HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP:
For light load, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:10 pm    Post subject: ~ Automatic Dishwasher Soap ~ Reply with quote

• 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
• 1/2 cup water
• 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
• 3 drops tea tree extract (or oil)
• 1/4 cup white vinegar

Store in squeeze bottle. Use 2 tablespoons per wash in a standard size dishwasher.

Do not substitute conventional liquid soap for the Castile unless it is a 'low sudsing' soap. Regular soaps will produce too many suds and overflow the dishwasher.

Castille is easy to make and it would definitely be cheaper than paying high prices for it...
All you need is distilled water, lye and olive oil.
You can get a large jug of olive oil at Sam's Club for a decent price and lye is available at most grocery stores.
* NOTE: If you don't have any experience with making soap, you should go to www.soapnuts.com & do some reading.
Lye can be dangerous if you're not careful.

Castille Soap
• 1 pt Olive oil
• 4oz. Commercial lye; dissolved in cold water

The water evaporates as the soap thickens. Stir it constantly to prevent scorching on the bottom of the pan, which will discolor and might produce off-scents in the finished soap.
As the soap cools, add a few drops of almond extract. Color if desired. Pour into molds.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:23 pm    Post subject: Lecithin Reply with quote

What is Lecithin and what exactly does it do? I found a recipe for detergent here (http://homemadelaundrysoap.net) that only calls for Fels Naptha bar soap, washing soda and borax. It's what I've been using for awhile, but I'm curious about these extra ingredients - like the Lecithin mentioned - and wonder if I should add them in as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure, there are several variations out there, I've been told this is a great recipe, so it got posted Smile
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