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when I made my last batch I did the math and though I can't remember the specific numbers it did save me money-before I was buying Aldis brand detergent and buying one bottle a week equaled around $10 per month. The homemade was much cheaper than that. Now the next batch I'm going to make I'm going to do a big batch-I just ordered 17 bars of Kirks off of Amazon so I will be doing 17 batches at once. I got the bars free because I had Amazon gift cards I had accumulated through Swagbucks so I'm already ahead The recipe I will follow is 1 bar soap per 1 cup Borax, per one cup wash soda and would like to do 1 cup oxi alternative but might cut that to 1/2 cup her batch just to save some money. I will not be scenting my mega batch because I use fo's on a piece of cloth in my dryer-I've bought the scented wahm detergents (from a couple different wahms) and while they smell wonderful, by the time you take your clothes out of the dryer, the scent is totally gone. But if you put a bit of fo/eo in your drier, your clothes will come out smelling great and it lasts till the next wash

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For the dishwasher detergent, I can't find lemon koolaid in Canada...would lemon-lime or orange work the same??
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when I made my last batch I did the math and though I can't remember the specific numbers it did save me money-before I was buying Aldis brand detergent and buying one bottle a week equaled around $10 per month. The homemade was much cheaper than that. Now the next batch I'm going to make I'm going to do a big batch-I just ordered 17 bars of Kirks off of Amazon so I will be doing 17 batches at once. I got the bars free because I had Amazon gift cards I had accumulated through Swagbucks so I'm already ahead The recipe I will follow is 1 bar soap per 1 cup Borax, per one cup wash soda and would like to do 1 cup oxi alternative but might cut that to 1/2 cup her batch just to save some money. I will not be scenting my mega batch because I use fo's on a piece of cloth in my dryer-I've bought the scented wahm detergents (from a couple different wahms) and while they smell wonderful, by the time you take your clothes out of the dryer, the scent is totally gone. But if you put a bit of fo/eo in your drier, your clothes will come out smelling great and it lasts till the next wash
be careful of which EO's you put directly into your drier like that....some are flamable and can combust in your dryer. Most wont, but I would check on your EO's, JIC before you toss them in the dryer.
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WOOOHOOO!! I found washing soda, borax, AND Kirks soap at Woodman's by me!! WOOOHOO!! OFF to make detergent...so excited!!

Ohhhh Piggly Wiggly by me had all 3 too!! (Walmart and Target did not!)
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For the dishwasher detergent, I can't find lemon koolaid in Canada...would lemon-lime or orange work the same??
lemon-lime yes...orange no (orange stains)
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lemon-lime yes...orange no (orange stains)
I think this one is green...no stains?
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I think this one is green...no stains?
lemon-lime or lemon aid we the two safe ones that were listed...
http://dishwashersreview.com/homemad...detergent.html
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lemon-lime or lemon aid we the two safe ones that were listed...
http://dishwashersreview.com/homemad...detergent.html
Thank you so much for this!!
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be careful of which EO's you put directly into your drier like that....some are flamable and can combust in your dryer. Most wont, but I would check on your EO's, JIC before you toss them in the dryer.
thanks for the warning! Will the 'bad' ones be labeled flamable?

Also, does anyone know what would happen if I mixed two different kinds of bar soap batches together? I've got a 7-batch of detergent that I used Zotes in, and I just got my 17 bars of Kirks in the mail today and am itching to make those up but only have one bin. Do you think it would hurt to mix them together? They have the same ingredients except for the bar soap.
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