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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:29:50 PM
If so, what recipe did you use and did you like it? Can it be used in an HE machine? Thanks!

ETA: I had a hard time finding the washing soda but now have all of the ingredients. I let the Fels Naptha sit out for several days then put it in my food processor. I am not sure if it is ground up enough? It looks like tiny balls and I can't seem to get it any smaller. It is actually about the same appearance as the Crystals, maybe a little smaller. Suggestions? Or is this fine?


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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:44:38 PM
I made the powdered detergent that includes grated Fels Naptha soap. It lasted a looooong time and it was just okay.

The big problem I had was that the Fels Naptha wouldn't dissolve completely. My machine started leaking out the bottom of the door( I have a front loader) and I thought I was going to have to get a new machine. Since I've gone back to store bought detergent, it's no longer leaking. I really think the Fels Naptha was gumming up in the interior drain.

I have a friend who was unhappy with the liquid homemade soap. It would separate and require shaking before every use. It was a pain because it made a lot and was heavy to shake.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:46:24 PM
Thanks. Out of all of the homemade cleaning products this is the one that could save is the most money, but also the one that I am most leary of.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:55:52 PM
I love love love my homemade laundry detergent. It is perfectly safe in an he washer and I have used it in a front loader with no issues. Just make sure you only use 2 tablespoons per load. It makes a ton and lasts me about 6 months with 4 children in my household. My clothes have never smelled so fresh my towels have never been fluffier it's awesome!

Here's my recipe:
1 box of borax
1 bar of grated zels naphtha soap (make sure you use the smallest grating on the cheese grater like for a zest. It becomes a fine powder)
1 bag of arm and hammer washing soda
1 large container of oxy clean and a large bottle of crystals scent. I use purex but have used the gain crystals as well.

Mix well.. It is great and gets out all of my kids stains. I believe it costs me around $15.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:58:03 PM
@Micki--what are the scent crystal? Where do you find them?


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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:58:17 PM
I had the same experience-the Fels Naptha didn't dissolve, AND it left a powdery residue on my black pants...and I assume on everything else, but we couldn't see it. I used up the batch that I had made on sheets and towels, but even in the hottest water, it never dissolved. I worried about what it would do to the moisture sensor in my dryer, so that was the end of that.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:04:05 PM
I use the one Micki posted. I use Ivory soap rather than Fel-Naptha though. I put all the ingredients together in a big bucket and use an immersion blender to mix it. That makes it possible for the bar soap pieces to get *really* small. The grating never worked quite right for me.

I have a front loader and it works just fine in there.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:06:32 PM
There are 3 recipes on my website that I've tried and I like. The one I like the best is:

"This is the Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe that works the best for my family. My husband works in construction and he comes home greasy, grimy and sweaty! But he likes his clothes clean & fresh! This cleaning recipe is one of my favorites!"

"Citric Acid is effective in making your own cleaning products as helps your soap to foam as well as acting as a highly effective water softener. It breaks down grease on your clothing as well as a natural bleaching agent."

1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Cup Shredded Soap
¼ Cup Citric Acid or 2 packets of unsweetened Kool-Aid Lemonade

I use 1/8 C per load but experiment-many people use less. I also use a mix of lemon and melaleuca essential oils to kill germs and to keep it smelling fresh. I use a cup of vinegar in the softening dispenser and that works great for us!!




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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:06:57 PM
I also use the same one Micki posted, I am satisfied as well. I haven't noticed it leaving a powdery residue on anything, and I wear a lot of black.

I used my food processor to grate the fells naptha really small. No problems with it at all.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:18:16 PM
I also made the ne that Micki posted. I use my food processer to grind the Fels very fine. No residue n my clothes. some times I add the Downey scent pellets. the laundry still smells so fresh without scent. Looove it!

I also use 1/2 Zote bar soap and 1/2 Fels.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:31:16 PM
I haven't tried This one But once I run out of my Tide I'm going to give it a go. If someone here tries it first, please let me know if it's worth it.



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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:47:46 PM
How does the one that Micki posted affect eczema and sensitive skin (if it does)?


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:55:04 PM

The big problem I had was that the Fels Naptha wouldn't dissolve completely


I make a liquid soap so you melt the fels naptha on the stove with some water. I haven't noticed any residue on our clothes and we have an HE washer also with no issues.

I don't add the scent crystals to mine so there are no dyes or perfumes so its great because of my (and my dd's) eczema.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:55:36 PM
I used the Fels Naptha stuff and I didn't like it. I had hard water at the time and it never really rinsed fully out of our clothes. I could feel it in the fabric. That same residue got left on my washer. It also had a very strong scent I was allergic to, which didn't help.

The issue with the homemade detergents is they aren't detergents. They are soaps and therefore react differently with hard water than a detergent does. Soaps form soap scum. Detergents don't.

Once I got my water softener, I still didn't want to go back to the home made stuff. I actually upgraded to Tide. I use about 1 T of detergent per load, so it's worth it to me to buy the good stuff because it lasts 6 weeks even with my family's laundry needs.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:57:08 PM
I get the scent crystals in the detergent aisle at wal mart. You should be able to find them in most any store in the laundry detergent section.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:08:21 PM

Here's my recipe:
1 box of borax
1 bar of grated zels naphtha soap (make sure you use the smallest grating on the cheese grater like for a zest. It becomes a fine powder)
1 bag of arm and hammer washing soda
1 large container of oxy clean and a large bottle of crystals scent. I use purex but have used the gain crystals as well.



Mine was similar to this but without the oxy or crystals scent. I liked it at first, but then it seemed like it stopped working or something. I went back to Tide and my clothes seemed cleaner. I seem to go back and forth between homemade and store bought. Right now I'm stuck on the Arm & Hammer with Oxyclean. I really, really like it!

Are those scent crystals like the Downy Unstoppables?



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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:09:30 PM
I make a dry version of homemade laundry detergent because the 5 gallon bucket of the slimy liquid soap made too much of a mess. I LOVE the dry version and I think it's actually better than the original version I tried.

Here's my recipe;

2 bars Fels Naptha soap, finely grated (I use my Vitamix blender)
2 cups Mule Team Borax
2 cups Super Washing Soda
1 cup Oxy Clean

I mix it all up in a container and use two tablespoons per load. Does a wonderful job cleaning the clothes and there is never a weird, musty smell like what I experienced with the liquid version that I made. I use it in our front loading washing maching so it is very low-sudsing.

I always unwrap and cut my Fels Naptha soap into 8ths at least a week before I am ready to grate (blend) the soap. It dries it out, which helps it to grate or blend easier.







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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:14:48 PM
I've tried it, but didn't love it in my HE washer. When I use Tide, I don't pay attention to stains or spots.

After a few washed with home made soap, I noticed that there were stains on the clothing. Not always dramatic ones, something that I'd notice before putting it in the laundry, but once the clothes were washed and dried, faintly there.

Went back to Tide and the number of spots/stains decreased again.

I'm a pretty lazy laundry person when it comes to finding stains and taking care of them before washing, so it just didn't work for me.



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Posted: 1/28/2013 7:33:02 AM
If it works for you great!

I can't help but think, reading the ingredient list that the savings would be negligible from my mega bottle of All Free and Clear I get at Sam's for $14



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Posted: 1/29/2013 1:38:08 PM
DH does most of the laundry and I think he uses more soap than is necessary. Either that or we do way more loads than I think, since the bottle never seems to last very long.

I bought the Fels Naptha soap, Borax and Oxy Clean but forgot the washing soda so will get that tonight. I may look at the Crystals as well. The Fels Naptha was about $1, Borax was about $4 and the Oxi Clean was $6. I would spend way more than that on laundry detergent in 6 months (if it lasts me as long as the other poster who has a similar family size). Even if we use it every other load I think that would make a difference.



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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:04:50 AM
I had a hard time finding the washing soda but now have all of the ingredients. I let the Fels Naptha sit out for several days then put it in my food processor. I am not sure if it is ground up enough? It looks like tiny balls and I can't seem to get it any smaller. It is actually about the same appearance as the Crystals, maybe a little smaller. Suggestions? Or is this fine?



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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:13:06 AM
I use homemade, my recipe is similar to the others -

A tip though regarding the Fels Naptha - instead of grating it, put it in the microwave for 3 minutes (on a plate), it will puff up really large (it won't melt), let it cool COMPLETELY, it will then crumble very easily into an almost powdery form.

I use 1 bar of Fels Naptha - 2 cups borax and 2 cups of washing suds. I then use 1/8 of a cup per load. I've never had an issue with it not dissolving or leaving a residue.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:34:18 AM
I use the Duggars recipe for liquid laundry soap. I've been using it for about three years. I think it works better than store bought. Between it and the hydrogen peroxide/baking soda/blue Dawn fish soap stain remover (which is completely amazing!) my laundry has never been cleaner.




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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:38:19 AM
Can you share the stain remover recipe?

I've already pulverized the Fels Naptha in the food processor and blender. I still wouldn't consider it to be a fine powder. Should I do anything else to it or leave it?



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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:26:37 PM
I'm sure it's fine the size of the crystals. I grated mine and it looks like small cheese. Works just fine to clean. I'm sure yours is much smaller than mine.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:56:13 PM
Well, I am about to use the detergent. I hope it works out. It was difficult getting the fels naphtha off of the food processor and it seemed to leave a film. I hope it doesn't do that on the clothes!


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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:05:53 PM
I use the recipe found on the Duggars website for liquid laundry soap.

Liquid laundry Soap

We've used this recipe for over 3 years now. It's wonderful. Yes, you have to shake before using, but I use small bottles, so it's not a big deal. My 10 and 6 year olds can shake it with no problem, and they do their own laundry. I've had no issues with it in my front loader, it doesn't leave a residue, and it cleans wonderful.

The best part is that it's CHEAP!!!


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I used the Duggar's recipe for a while. I didn't really like it so I threw the rest away. I went back to Ultra by Costco.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:54:42 PM
I use the Duggar's liquid detergent too (and have for years) plus 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the rinse water.

Love that stuff!! My clothes are soft and clean.

The whites? not as much but no worse than with Tide. The only real "whites" we have now are DH's undershirts and my white T's. I demote them to rags when they get dingy and buy more.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 10:07:37 PM
I used the Duggar's recipe for liquid laundry soap, but I use Ivory soap sometime and not the Fels Naptha. Works and smells great.
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