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Old 11-17-2010, 10:12 AM   #851
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:50 PM   #852
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I really want to try making my laundry soap, but am soooo scared to do so. I really want to also be able to use if for my diapers. Don't really like having 2 different soaps for laundry and diapers. If I would do you a bar of soap like Dr. Bronners, would that be ok to use on my laundry...What is the best recipe out there do you think to use for laundry AND diapers...Thanks!
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Anyone ever use Octagon soap for this? I know it is a laundry soap and it is sold by Kosher stores so I can use it. It is sold for $0.50 at an Amish store near here.
It reeksit's greenit's goopy
I splurge and use dr. bronners liquid castille. It works the best and it's all natural. And I'm still saving money. And I don't have to grate it.
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:25 AM   #854
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I can't stand dr. bronners or kirks so I have been using Kiss my Face. Octagon does have an odd smell. Can't figure it out. But I have been using it directly on some grease stains and they came out.

When grated the octagon soap has the same creamy texture as kiss my face. It does not make a good liquid soap, but I am going to make a new powdered batch with the octagon today. I will report back.
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Oxy clean is powder peroxide, or at least part peroxide--it's washing soda (sodium carbonate) and powder peroxide (sodium percarbonate). No need to add it seperately.
Yes, and don't forget to get Oxyclean FREE if you can! Regular oxyclean has those blue things in it, which the company won't reveal the contents of!

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I can't stand dr. bronners or kirks so I have been using Kiss my Face. Octagon does have an odd smell. Can't figure it out. But I have been using it directly on some grease stains and they came out.

When grated the octagon soap has the same creamy texture as kiss my face. It does not make a good liquid soap, but I am going to make a new powdered batch with the octagon today. I will report back.
I've never heard of octagon soap, so I'm interested to hear your results!
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:21 PM   #856
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Re: Green & Thrifty...Making Your Own Detergent!

wanted to bump this up. I just bought some washing soda, borax, and fels soap to try on our cloths. If that goes well I am going to switch our cloth diaper laundry over with the oxyclean I bought the suns version. Does anyone know if Sun has a free version?
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I don't know if Sun has a free version, but the regular stuff I get at Wal*Mart doesn't have a scent or weird blue things. I found Kirks regular at Wal*Mart in the bath soap/body wash aisle. I discontinued the use of Octagon. I didn't like the smell and the local store stopped carrying it. Kiss my face seemed to build up on my diapers and it was expensive so I stopped using it. I use 1 bar kirks scent free, 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup borax in five gallons of water. I use 1/2 cup per load of regular clothes and a splash for diapers. I haven't stripped my diapers since switching to this recipe. It works for my water, washer, and clothes/diapers.
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What is this I've read about baking Baking soda for 30 minutes at 350F to make washing soda?

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What is this I've read about baking Baking soda for 30 minutes at 350F to make washing soda?

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I would read more. I am not a chem major, but from what I understand sodium carbonate and sodium bi-carbonate have different molecular structure. I am not sure how the heat influences this but it would be just as easy to buy washing soda or soda ash.

and for the person who posted about oxiclean. I personally would not make this recommendation. The "optimal Brighteners" in the product are very hard on fiber content of your clothing/diapers and does not necessarily fall into the "natural" category. It is a choice, just noting so you can make the best informed choice for you. Personally I loved how white my clothes were with it, but in the end my stuff showed signed of wear and tear much faster.
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I have read that Borax can basicly destroy PUL and elastic.. and using voids and new diaper's warrenty. I used a similar recipe right before I found that out, and had already stopped because, no matter how many times I rinsed, it burned DD's skin
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