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Old 09-10-2006, 07:08 AM   #1
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A good friend of mine gave this recipe to me a week or so ago. Shes been using it for years because she has horribly sensitive skin. These are both great for baby detergent, too. She says she pays about $4 a month on detergent and softener for 4 people per month.

Detergent:
One bar of fels naptha grated.
2 cups of washing soda
2 cups of borax.
Mix together and voila! One large Tbls. does one load of wash.

There is some fragrance in the fels naptha however it is miniscule and rinses completely out in the rinse cycle.

Softener:
One gallon size jug of white vinegar (has to be white) Favorite essential oil (optional)
If you use the essential oil you'll need about two teaspoons. Add directly into vinegar. Shake to mix. Add vinegar mix to Downy ball as you would fabric softener. It will work fine without EO too. There will be no vinegar smell left on clothes don't worry.

I actually have used vinegar as a softener (w/o the EO because I didnt have any on hand) and was surprised that there wasnt a vinegar-y scent.

Maybe this is all wayyyy old, but I had never heard of these recipes before. I plan to use them when I finally run out of the stash I have sitting in my garage or when the baby arrives...whichever comes first.
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Old 09-10-2006, 10:55 AM   #2
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Re: Homemade detergent and fabric softener

I make my own to only I do it a bit differently.

I grate the Fels Naptha, then melt it. Add 2 cups of washig soda plus any essential oils. Add enough hot water to make 5 gallons (I actually usually cut it in half and make 2 1/2 at a time). When it cools, it makes a gel. I use aprox. 1 cup per load.
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I make mine about the same as Tiffani. I've been using it for over a year now. I love it!
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Re: Homemade detergent and fabric softener

How does this work on dipes?
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Re: Homemade detergent and fabric softener

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How does this work on dipes?
Fels Naptha is a soap and not recommended for diapers.

And as for pourability... (Is that even a word? lol) I have it in a huge salsa container, and I find that it is semi-pourable. The gel will kind of break off somewhat, but then other times you get a huge piece of gel that won't break and you end up using too much. (No clue if that made sense to anyone but me). lol
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Re: Homemade detergent and fabric softener

AWESOME! I am going to try it..however, what is Fels Naptha, where would i buy it?
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Old 09-10-2006, 03:00 PM   #7
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Re: Homemade detergent and fabric softener

A gel, huh? Is it pourable?

If it is something I can put in a pourable container, Ill just keep one or two of my bigger detergent bottles.
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Re: Homemade detergent and fabric softener

Thanks so much. I think I "recongnize" what you are describing. ...off to make my clothes clean!
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Re: Homemade detergent and fabric softener

cool, ive wanted to make laundry soap. I need to look for this fels stuff. lol
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Re: Homemade detergent and fabric softener

I have found other recipes that call of pure soap and I wanted to try some of my plain lye soap? Any thought mommas?
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