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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent! (recipes pg 1 & 16)

Oh, before anyone gets too excited, you should know that "a load" of detergent is always the smallest load, so it's 4 cents for a small load and as much as 20 cents for a large load of really dirty clothes/diapers.

Of course Tide is 18 cents for a small load and 36 cents for a large load....if you buy in bulk and on sale...so it's still a lot cheaper to make your own!

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Important note....

I just realized that I've been using oxyclean free!

I never shop without my two kids and the "free" is off to the side on the label, so I never even noticed! Of course, how I missed the little blue things being absent, I still can't figure out!

I changed the recipe on page 1 to reflect this difference, so for those of you concerned about oxyclean....no, the OCF doesn't have the little blue things...I think it's just plain powdered hydrogen peroxide....and yes, it works great!

Sorry for the confusion!

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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent! (recipes pg 1 & 16)

Sorry if this has been covered before

How do I add liquid Dr. Bronners to the mix seeing as how everything else is powder?

I haven't done a local search for washing soda but I think I can find it at Acme if my googling has served me well. I do have a question about it, though...how is it with hard water?? If I can't find it is there an alternative?

And I have Baby OxiClean. Is that ok??

I've been using Baby Oxiclean and Crunchy Clean with great results (after switching to a wet pail) and if I can make my own yummy smelling detergent with Dr. Bronners that would be awesome! Anyone know the ingredients of Crunchy Clean? I'm almost out of it and don't think the maker can ship to me fast enough...making my own might be mandatory!
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Oh, before anyone gets too excited, you should know that "a load" of detergent is always the smallest load, so it's 4 cents for a small load and as much as 20 cents for a large load of really dirty clothes/diapers.

Of course Tide is 18 cents for a small load and 36 cents for a large load....if you buy in bulk and on sale...so it's still a lot cheaper to make your own!
I think there is a factor that is being left out in the calculations for savings:Water treatment costs are much lower with things like washing soda and OxiClean than the costs of cleaning water with Tide in it. And clothes/diapers free of residues will dry faster as well. So really, making your own detergent has some serious long term savings as well. Not just $$ wise, but for our planet as well.
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Sorry if this has been covered before

How do I add liquid Dr. Bronners to the mix seeing as how everything else is powder?

I haven't done a local search for washing soda but I think I can find it at Acme if my googling has served me well. I do have a question about it, though...how is it with hard water?? If I can't find it is there an alternative?

And I have Baby OxiClean. Is that ok??

I've been using Baby Oxiclean and Crunchy Clean with great results (after switching to a wet pail) and if I can make my own yummy smelling detergent with Dr. Bronners that would be awesome! Anyone know the ingredients of Crunchy Clean? I'm almost out of it and don't think the maker can ship to me fast enough...making my own might be mandatory!
When I experimented with the liquid I just kept everything in the original box and added it directly to the wash...1 tbls borax, 1 tbls washing soda, and 1 tbls liquid soap. I prefer Kirks though.

Washing soda shouldn't be a problem with hard water...I just have to use more detergent....and I haven't tried baby oxyclean, but I'm guessing it should work the same.

Crunchy Clean contains similar ingredients to this recipe, but I don't know exactly since the "contents" on the webpage don't list specific ingredient names.
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I think there is a factor that is being left out in the calculations for savings:Water treatment costs are much lower with things like washing soda and OxiClean than the costs of cleaning water with Tide in it. And clothes/diapers free of residues will dry faster as well. So really, making your own detergent has some serious long term savings as well. Not just $$ wise, but for our planet as well.
I only posted the "savings" in financial terms because that's the way the question was posed (re: cost per load), but the "savings" in evironmental terms is significant as well when you consider that this detergent uses all biodegradable ingredients, as well as minimal manufacturing and packaging!

I'm so glad that things that are good for the planet are also good for our babies and our wallets!
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Crap...can't find washing soda locally.
Any alternatives?
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I was just commenting in another thread that the planet is really an amazing entity. It truly provides everything we need and want.

As for finding an alternative, have you checked the hardware store for pH Up? I think it's the same thing. Didn't I read that earlier in this thread?
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent! (recipes pg 1 & 16)

washing soda is just "sodium carbonate" so look for that where you buy pool supplies...someone posted earlier that ph Up is one brand, but I'm sure there are others.
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just got my kirks i also bought a grater and used it instead of my food processor. just mixed it together in a freezer bag--very easy. i like the smell of the kirks much more than the fels napha! the fn is very strong. although it doesn't smell as strong on the clothing after it is washed and dried.

i also bought a bar of kiss my face olive and lavender soap and think i will grate that up and use it in another bag of detergent. i'll wash my sheets in it. hoping the lavender scent will last through washing and drying. if not i'm thinking of making some dryer sachets.
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