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another way we are getting fooled is Ice cream.  The Ice cream is the same price but it is now sold as 1.5 quarts instead of a half gallon!

The powder version I would say is VERY easy, the liquid version takes a little more doing.....tell you what...I'll post both...   The Liquid version will do about 80 loads.   You need:   1 bar o

Oh boy, I had the ULTIMATE test of the home brew.  I ran out.  During the winter storm, when even with four wheel drive, I was not leaving my house!  And when I went to make another batch, and found I

I use the homemade liquid detergent.  I ran out, and haven`t used it for 2 weeks. I notice that the clothes seem not as clean with the store bought detergent.  I need to make some more, but my Mom is in the hospital, and I have been running there alot.  

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How does the homemade laundry soap affect the color in clothing?   Have you seen any fading?  

If anything, I have noticed that clothes that looked duller before, brightened back up more after going on the home brew.  I think it rinses cleaner.

 

Its just the best darn stuff eh?

 

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I read through all the posts and didn't see what I was looking for but I did notice that some of you have an HE washer.  Well I just ordered a LG HE front load washer and wanted to know if you use the powdered version in yours or the liquid version?  I love the liquid version and use it all the time in my current washer.  I tried the powdered version and noticed small specks on some of the laundry afterwards.  I think it's b/c I wash all my laundry in cold water.  The store employee said that liquids ruin HE machines b/c they are made with animal fats.  I know that the soda and borax are safe but am wondering about the fels nap soap?  Anyone know????

 

I am so excited about my new washer.  Can't wait until it comes in.  It is a 4.2 cf LG and it has a generator to produce some of it's own electric.  It exceeds the energy saver requirements by over 37%:woo:  Here's the info on it but I didn't buy it from this store.  This will save us a lot of money with my usual laundry being between 14-16 loads per week.

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9283429&st=lg+washers&lp=6&type=product&cp=1&id=1218074326277

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat13506&type=page&skuId=9283429&productId=1218074326277&viewtype=energyGuide&count=0&h=387

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We discovered original hardwood floors in this house....with nothing to lose, I decided to scrub the floors with a little bit of the laundry soap in a bucket of warm water. They turned out GREAT!! We are still going to have to sand and seal them, but WOW what a difference!! Wonder what else I can use this stuff on? lol :woo::cheer::woo::cheer:

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I have a couple of recipes from another forum that a lot of people use. If you are not into or worried about using soap then one of these may be right for you. I have a frontload HE washer and have been using the one with soap since last year, but I will be trying the first one next time I need to make some. I've never had any problems with the one using soap except that we couldn't use Fels Naptha so instead we changed to Kirk's Castile.

 

2 Cups Borax

2 Cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1 Cup Baking Soda [for hard water if clothes seem "dingy"]

 

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2 Cups Borax

2 Cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1 Cup laundry booster [such as Oxy Clean]

 

Use 1 Tbsp. for regular loads. Use 1-1/2 Tbsp. for heavily soiled loads.

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I didn't have the ingredients and I needed to wash my work uniform quickly so I bought a tiny bottle of All for $3.99.

 

Wow...do I notice the perfume after months and months of using the home made stuff.  Hubby made a batch the very next day.

 

I could smell the towels washed in All out in the yard while they were hanging on the clothesline.

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Ok - I have an odor question.  Is anyone else having a problem with the homemade detergent not removing body odor???

 

It has been in the mid-90's here and my husband sweats like crazy.  He hangs his t-shirts over the hamper to dry out before putting them inside.  I do the laundry with the homemade detergent and the clothes get clean but the second he starts to sweat again his shirts stink horribly.  It almost has a rancid smell to it.

 

Any suggestions???

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Ok - I have an odor question.  Is anyone else having a problem with the homemade detergent not removing body odor???

 

It has been in the mid-90's here and my husband sweats like crazy.  He hangs his t-shirts over the hamper to dry out before putting them inside.  I do the laundry with the homemade detergent and the clothes get clean but the second he starts to sweat again his shirts stink horribly.  It almost has a rancid smell to it.

 

Any suggestions???

All I can say is how I made my last recipe up. I'm a member of a few other forums of women that discuss and play with recipes like this to get what they need to work properly for them. My hubby is a sweaty and stinky guy from working outside in the heat some days at the house. This recipe I made last seems to work great. It also combats the smell from his work clothes.

 

1-1/2 bars Kirk's Castile Soap

2 Cups Borax

2 Cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1 Cup Baking Soda

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I cleaned my leather couch with it the other day! My dogs sleep on the couch ( it was really dirty with all the rain and them running in and out of the house) cleaned it right up and I love it for the laundry too. I have been using it from the start of this post and I will not go back to buying regular either.

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I have a laundry question.  How do you wash a new baseball type shirt (where the body is white and the sleeves are red) without the new red bleeding onto the white?

I have had good results with washing in cold water.  You might want to try and hand wash it in cold water to see if it is going to bleed.  That way you can take it out right away.  Cheer detergent and Clorox 2 are supposed to help with bleeding colors but I'm not sure how good they work with red/white.

 

 

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Ok - I have an odor question.  Is anyone else having a problem with the homemade detergent not removing body odor???

 

It has been in the mid-90's here and my husband sweats like crazy.  He hangs his t-shirts over the hamper to dry out before putting them inside.  I do the laundry with the homemade detergent and the clothes get clean but the second he starts to sweat again his shirts stink horribly.  It almost has a rancid smell to it.

 

Any suggestions???

I had the same problem too...reverted back to my Gain until I find another

recipe.

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I have a laundry question.  How do you wash a new baseball type shirt (where the body is white and the sleeves are red) without the new red bleeding onto the white?

 

 

They have these things that look like dryer sheets ( i got a sample in the mail) and you put them in the washer AND dryer. They absorb the dye and prevent bleeding. Well, they WORK !!! The wrapper got thrown away so i didnt catch the make but i will definately look for them. Its not detergent, so you dont get it confused with the other stuff.

 

 

There are lots of good homemade recipes on the Frugal Living website. You should try it out.

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Well, I just made another batch. The first one lasted a long time. It is such a money saver and I like the smell of the clothes. So fresh. We don't get a lot of mud, etc on our clothes and I think it gets them very clean. This last time I added a little more of the 20 mule team borax. So I used:

1 bar fells

1 cup A & H Washing Soda

1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

After I mixed it last night and let it set overnight I mixed it up real good again before I poured it into my jugs with a funnel. I learned the last time that if I don't it is too "jello-like" to pour out of the jugs easily. This batch is perfect. So glad someone posted the basic recipe here. And it makes so much for almost no cost.

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