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Old 09-09-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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homemade laundry detergent, soap alternatives

Every recipe I come across uses zotes, fels naptha, or a bar of Dr. Bronners. All of those agrivate the hubs skin condition, even if I leave the borox out. What other soaps can be used instead?

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I'm pretty sure you can use any bar soap. I've seen recipes using ivory...
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I make my own soap (that all my family can use), grate it super thin, mix with baking soda and add a scoop to our laundry. We're super simple and it cleans well.
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Wow even Dr Bonner's? Can you use any bar soap? Like already mentioned Ivory?
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The only soaps he can use have to be fragrance free, dye free, antibiotic; a very hard combo to find. Most, if not all, soap manufacturers add either scents or dyes to their soaps. When I can find one that meets all three criteria, it is very expensive and I dread grinding it up for laundry detergent. Combined w/ the cost of the other ingredients, I may as well use Tide cost wise.

Edit: also lotion/moisturizer free
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So no borax either? We use this soapless detergent recipe and it's been working great, but contains borax;

http://barefootmommy.blogspot.com/20...7903605761&m=1

Maybe you could alter it?
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So no borax either? We use this soapless detergent recipe and it's been working great, but contains borax;

http://barefootmommy.blogspot.com/20...7903605761&m=1

Maybe you could alter it?
I don't think borax is the problem, but the fragrances, dyes, lotions/oils in the soaps. I will def. try this recipe, it seems perfect! No dyes, fragrances or oils/lotions. Now, I just need to call the health food store and see if they have citric acid. If only I could find a body soap for him that is absent of all those things as easily. Poor guy has at least one flare up a month.
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Re: homemade laundry detergent, soap alternatives

We've used this laundry detergent recipe with great success. I know she's tried many different soaps and said they work well.
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What about Soap Nuts? I know it is not homemade.
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Does your powder recipe contain washing soda? I found that when I used that in my recipe, our eczema flared up. I swapped it out for baking soda, eczema went away. I also add oxyclean to boost cleaning and that worked well for us too.
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