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Old 07-14-2008, 07:33 AM   #21
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

You can use any soap you like....ivory, dial, whatever works for you!

I recommend Kirks because it's vegan and hypoallergenic, but I think any castile soap would give the same results (dr bronners, homemade, etc).

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I found the first recipe online and tweaked it to make it more gentle, and then created the second recipe especially for cloth diapers!

I have been using both recipes for 2 months now with great success, so I thought I'd share them here!

Use amounts will vary depending on your water....I have a top loader and hard water.....you might require more or less to effectively clean!

Super Gentle Homemade Laundry Soap

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 bar Kirks Castile Soap

Slice soap into strips and run through food processor to make "soap beads".

Combine soap beads, borax, and washing soda. Done!

use 1 tablespoon for small loads, 2 tablespoons for large loads. Twice as much for soiled clothes, half as much for HE washers.

Homemade Diaper Detergent

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 cup Oxyclean

Combine all ingredients. Done!

use 2 tablespoons for a small load, 1/4 cup for a large load.
Hmm I was a little skeptical until I saw that you wrote it was good for sensitive skin. My dd's diapers have to be washed in Arm and Hammer for sensitive skin, its the only thing I've found that works. I'm really intrested in trying this. I already have some borax, I'd need more but the good thing is the box is CHEAP and I'd have to get oxyclean....I'm still unsure of where I would find Washing Soda and Castile soap....I'm going to call Hannaford and Walmart and see if they carry it..they are the only "big" stores around me...if anyone knows a place let me know..I'm in Maine btw.

Also, how do you store yours? I was thinking of just putting it in some glad tupperware containers and keeping a measuring cup in there...do you use an actual measuring cup? or something else? lol sorry for all the questions this is my first day getting ready to make my own things! I'm excited!
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

I have a friend saying oxy clean is harsh for cloth...not true right?
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

My whole family has sensitive skin or eczema and we love these recipes!

I make my soap by shaking all the ingredients in a large ziploc bag and then just throw a 1/4 cup measuring cup in there, so I can store it in the bag I made it in. You could totally use a tupperware or gladlock though.

I'm not sure why oxyclean would be bad for cloth...it's just hydrogen peroxide!

Actually, you don't want to look in big stores...they never have it! Where in Maine are you? You'd probably have better luck with Hannaford, Shaw's, or even hardware stores. Just call ahead to save yourself the gas!
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

I just googled "maine washing soda" and found a blog where a woman says that she found washing soda at Hannafords in Newport and Bangor!
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How Perfect!! I have been saying for the last couple weeks I want to start making my own detergent for diapers and clothes, but I needed recipes!! I am glad you posted this, as I also have a Kroger in my town, so now I know where to get the stuff too I hope they have the washing soda and kirks at my local one...



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I get my kirks at Kroger, but I'm in the Midwest.

I just called all the local grocery stores and asked for Kirks and Washing soda and kroger carried both! Washing soda is with the laundry soap and kirks is with the regular soap.

Oh, and Oxyclean is just powdered hydrogen peroxide, so it's green!
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

Thanks guys! I was wondering where to buy washing soda! I will have to pick some up tomorrow @ Publix when I do my shopping. Also I am going to make it w/ Dr. Bronners soap, I found lemon bar scent @ our Greenwise Publix! Yummy!
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

I would really love to try this but I guess I have to be on the hunt for Washing Soda...anyone have some they would be willing to send/trade with me so I can try this out? I already have the borax...
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

Call your local grocery stores and hardware stores! The UPC code on it is: 33200-03020

It's not that hard to find if you call around....but it's not going to be at Target or Walmart!

I'd mail you some...but it's heavy and would be expensive!
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Its down the laundry detergent aisle ?
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