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Old 02-01-2010, 05:39 PM   #761
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Ok -- I've been using the homemade detergent for a few months and my whites are just not coming out very white anymore. Everything with color is great, it is just the whites that look dingy. I've tried adding vinegar and baking soda to the wash (and even soaking in vinegar & baking soda, but that didn't work). What else can I do? Does anyone else have this problem? (I'm using powder recipe)
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Ok -- I've been using the homemade detergent for a few months and my whites are just not coming out very white anymore. Everything with color is great, it is just the whites that look dingy. I've tried adding vinegar and baking soda to the wash (and even soaking in vinegar & baking soda, but that didn't work). What else can I do? Does anyone else have this problem? (I'm using powder recipe)
Which recipe are you using the one with soap?
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:49 PM   #764
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I use the standard recipe
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Super Gentle Homemade Laundry Soap

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 bar Kirks Castile Soap
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I use the standard recipe
Most likely it's the soap that is causing buildup on your clothes/dipes, because there is always fat leftover in castile it can build up on them over time. Adding vinegar to the wash cycle will make it even worse too, always do it in the rinse. Have you tried washing them in just borax and washing soda?
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I referenced this thread in another post but thought it was stickied at the top ~ guess not... any way I'll give it a quick bump so it is easy to find.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:31 AM   #768
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

Great recipes, I'll have to give them a try. Just a couple fyis though...

Soda ash (the chemical name for washing soda) comes in two different forms. Washing soda made by Arm & Hammer and found in the laundry aisle of stores is WAYYYY less concentrated than the soda ash found in PH up. Although they're both soda ash, if you use PH Up, you should use MUCH less than if you use actual washing soda.

Here's a link that explains the difference a little bit (it's in the context of using it to fix dyes but they still explain it well and give the ratio to substitute one for the other):

http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/FAQ/sodaash.shtml

Also, just thought I'd point out that Oxyclean is not recomended by all diaper manufacturers. Mother-Ease for example, I know they don't and I think it's constant use may void their warranty.

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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

Wanted to add my 2 cents here. If you are wanting whiter whites, use the diaper soap on your whites! It has the Sun oxygen cleaner in it (which I use instead of bleach) and never have a problem!
I have been using these recipes for months now and love them! I have shared them with my MOPS group and they love it too!
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Any advice for the diaper recipe? I tried it in our frontloader on BG pockets and BG fitteds and the fitteds smelled ok but the BG pockets stunks! Not the inserts but the diaper?? We have a front loader so I did a delicate wash in cold, then delicate wash in hot w/ 1/4 cup detergent and then another cold delicate all with extra rinses and they don't smell clean
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