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Old 07-14-2008, 08:06 PM   #31
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

Washing soda should be near the laundry soaps and bleach.

Castile soap would be with regular soaps.

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Washing soda is sodium carbonate which you could get at a pool supply store. I got mine in the pool supplies at Home Depot. It was PH up, and it is 100% sodium carbonate, which is all washing soda or soda ash is.
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Wow...that's great to know..thanks!
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I'm so excited I bought my washing soda today @ Publix (it's made by Arm & Hammer) I have all 3 ingredients to make my laundary soap! I dread mincing up the bar soap. I do not want to ruin my chopper because I use it for food preparation.
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I'm so excited I bought my washing soda today @ Publix (it's made by Arm & Hammer) I have all 3 ingredients to make my laundary soap! I dread mincing up the bar soap. I do not want to ruin my chopper because I use it for food preparation.
I chop mine into the smallest bits I can with a knife and use my coffee grinder. Works great! And it washes up really clean and shiny
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the directions you posted for usage:
use 1 tablespoon for small loads, 2 tablespoons for large loads. Twice as much for soiled clothes, half as much for HE washers

2 tablespoons doesn't seem like very much or am I crazy? Maybe I'm used to buying the liquid store bought stuff & using more?
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I've found washing soda at Target before. I haven't bought any yet but I've found it. I thought that using soap on your diapers caused buildup?! Another hint one of my friends used her old stand up cheese grater to shred her soap bars so you could spare your food processor. Oh, and what if you can't use Oxyclean because it makes your eyes swell shut? (Speaking from personal experience here...) Is there a substitute?

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I'm worried about the washing soda. I found this:
Washing soda is sodium carbonate and belongs in the same family as baking soda. However it has a pH of 11 and is much more caustic. In concentrated doses washing soda can remove paint and wax! Be sure to wear rubber gloves when using washing soda. Do not use on aluminum or fiberglass. Be sure to follow all manufacturers instructions.

Is it really safe to use on clothes and diapers? Wouldn't it shorten the life of the fibers?

Or maybe it's okay when combined with the other ingredients? Anyone here a chemist? LOL
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bump. I wanna know!!!!! I perfer the liquid home detergent better but it all calls for washing soda, but no borax.
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I mixed up a small batch of the CD recipe and am trying it right now. I have a FLer and hard water, so this should be an interesting test. We're dealing with awful ammonia smellies, so I'm having to totally revamp my wash routine...might as well try something new!

ETA: My dipes are in the dryer and they smell really nice...so clean smelling! I did add a capful of calgon water softener, our water is terribly hard. I can't wait to see what they smell like once they're <ahem> used. Maybe next time I'll try scenting it with EO or something.
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