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Homemade Laundry Soap

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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125 Responses to “Homemade Laundry Soap”

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I will be making this after my store bought container is empty. An added bonus for me was that you shared where to find all the ingredients..I get somewhat detered from making things if I have to spend more time searching for something than the time it requires to make it!

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  2. Thanks, Connie :) I got everything at Wal-Mart, just an FYI. Except the chalkboard labels... those came from Michaels. This is so easy to throw together and it works great! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I purchased everything today except my jar. I can't wait to make it this weekend. is your washer HE or a standard Top loader? I was just wondering if i should put the soap in the dispenser or into the drum before the clothing? Also how long does this last you? My total cost was 37.48 for all the ingredients (I too love the crystals and there were no coupons for them!)

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    1. Hi Kim! I have a Whirlpool Duet HE. I put the soap right into the drum! And it lasts my family 5-6 months :) An empty-nester friend of mine said it should last her & her hubby approx. 9 months.

      My total cost (not including the $10 reusable glass jar) was $29.53 plus tax. (I could do it cheaper, but I like using 2 containers of the UnStopables and 4 bars of the Fels Naptha. I do use the generic OxiClean, rather than the brand name, to make up for it, though!) Your total was almost $8 more than mine :( We must live in different parts of the country, or shop at different stores. We need to find us some coupons for the UnStopables! LOL

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  4. Hi, love the idea.
    Just wondering how well it cleans in cold water and can you use on delicates?
    Thanks so much!

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    1. Hello! Thanks for visiting :) I have found it to work well in cold water, and I use this exclusively... even on delicates. It should not be used on cloth diapers, however. Other than that, I use it for all of our wash. Thanks for the question.

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  5. Just a caution...the OxiClean should give it a boost but, from experience, I know this cleaner doesn't work as well in hard, limestone water.

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    1. Hi Sandra! Thanks for stopping by! I have heard mixed reviews about homemade laundry soap in general when it comes to hard water. Some have success, and others don't. I guess it's all trial and error. We have a water softener, and this works great, but I have never personally used it with hard water. If anyone wants to try using it with hard water, perhaps make a small batch at first, just in case. Thanks so much for the tip! :)

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  6. Does anyone know what the approx number of washloads this will do? And,is it able to be used in cold water?

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    1. Hello :) Thanks for visiting! Yes, you can definitely use this in cold water. I use it in cold, warm, and hot, and love it!

      As for # of washloads, it all depends on how much you use per load. For a smaller load, use just 2 tablespoons, and 3 tablespoons for larger loads. If I have a very small load of washcloths or rags, I only use 1 tablespoon.

      This recipe makes approx. 512 tablespoons, so that equals 170 small loads or 256 large loads.

      Great questions! Hope you stop back soon. Blessings.

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    2. I just realized I said that backwards. What I meant to say is:

      This recipe makes approx. 512 tablespoons, so that equals 170 LARGE loads or 256 SMALL to MEDIUM loads.

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  7. I love this recipe I read many versions of this recipe and yours is the one i went with And i wasn't disappointed.. Thank you for sharing I made a few changes because I don't have a food processor and I am allergic to the Unstoppables but it came out great i posted your link on my FB for all my friends to benefit from.

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    1. Hi Jessi! Thanks so much for visiting AND for sharing with your friends :) So glad it's working well for you. It's all I use. Love, love, love it! Stop again soon!

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    2. I made my own scent booster with Epson salts and essential oils can't stand the unstoppable scent. To strong. The homemade is much milder scent.

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    3. I made my own scent booster with Epson salts and essential oils can't stand the unstoppable scent. To strong. The homemade is much milder scent.

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  8. So glad you joined me at my first blog hop linkup! I just recently made homemade laundry detergent and, you know, I won't go back to the storebought stuff! It is so expensive and I have allergies as well!

    I'm adding your blog to my RSS! Have a wonderful day!!!

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    1. Hi there :) Thanks for stopping by, and for hosting the blog hop! I'm a new follower of yours as well. Wishing you lots of success!

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  9. Thank you for sharing. This looks like a good recipe :)

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    1. You're very welcome :) Thanks for stopping by! Blessings.

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  10. I love this!! I make one kinda like this and I'm a huge fan!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. Thanks, Andie! And thanks for stopping by :) Have a great weekend!

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  11. I love the laundry detergent too! I didn't have Downy or the Oxiclean, but will try it next time. I made mine with shredded Zote soap, which is pink. Love your big jar!
    Happy Washing!

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    1. Hi Linda! So glad to hear you love this detergent! Definitely try it with the Oxiclean next time... it makes a big difference! Of course, the Downy Unstopables are purely a scent booster, but I do LOVE the scent of them :) You may want to try Fels Naptha as well. I've heard it works better than the Zote or Ivory, though Zote is a popular alternative. I got the big jar at Walmart for just under ten bucks. I love it! Thanks for commenting :) Have a great weekend!

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  12. I've been worried about using my own laundry detergent in my new front loading HE washer.... do you find it's okay? I'm just worried that it will clog or do something to my new washer so I've been hesitant to try it. I have a gallon that I've put on hold for now. Would love to know your opinion.

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    1. Hi Tracey! I have a front loading HE (Whirlpool Duet) and have had zero problems. I have had better luck with this powder than a previous homemade liquid detergent. I also put this laundry soap right in the tub, not the dispenser. I've never had a problem with it clogging or not dissolving. From what I've learned, Fels Naptha is a much better soap to use than Ivory or Zote, so that is what I always use. Of course, this is just my experience, but I know of others who have used this with success as well. Perhaps do a google search and see what others have to say about using homemade detergents so you're comfortable using it, if you decide to do so. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  13. This couldn't have come at a better time! Last night Hubby asked me if I wanted him to pick up laundry soap because we are almost out. I told him I wanted to try finding a recipe for homemade soap. So going to try this! Do you know if you can use essential oils with laundry? I want a happy, perky citrus smell :)

    Happy 'Show Me What Ya Got' party!
    -Jessica G from http://thecabbagerosecottage.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Jessica! Yes, you can definitely use essential oils in your laundry. I don't put oils in my laundry soap, because I'm afraid the smell would dissipate, and it would take a lot of essential oil, which is expensive. Instead, you could cut up some cloth (I use old t-shirts) and add a few drops of essential oil to one, and throw it into the dryer. I'll be blogging about that soon ;)

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  14. I keep wanting to make my own laundry soap but haven't done it yet. I was concerned about it getting dingy, but I see you are using the oxyclean for the optical brighteners, and I'll bet the washing soda is good for that too.

    I love how pretty and colorful it is! ;) I just need to quit saying I want to do it and DO it. Were you concerned about using the chemicals in your food processor and cross-contamination? I imagine they'd wash right off though, right?

    I'd love it if you'd link this up on my "Making Your Home Sing Monday" blog this Monday. You don't have to, of course! Just extending the invite! :)

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    1. Hi Nan! I haven't had any problems with dinginess. In fact, some of our dingy whites are now whiter :)

      As for the food processor concern... at first I was a little nervous about it, but Fels Naptha is a little more friendly than some other laundry soaps, and while it does contain artificial color and fragrance, I just figure that if I wash the bowl and blade of the food processor, then rinse it well, it should be good to go. {just my opinion}

      Thanks for the invite to your linky party. I will definitely link up, and am headed over to your blog now :)

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

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  15. I keep thinking I should make my own laundry soap but I haven't actually tried it. Thanks for a great tutorial maybe now I will dive in and do it! :)

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    1. Hi Krista! Thanks for stopping by :) After making this, I won't use anything else. It's awesome! Have a great day!

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  16. You said that you used generic Oxi-Clean, but your picture shows the real thing. Can you be more specific about what you used?

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    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by. I've used both the namebrand Oxi-Clean, and the generic version. The picture of the "ingredients" I used was taken the first time I made this, which is why the namebrand container is shown, and the most recent time I made it, I used generic to save some money. Not a big deal, you can use either. I haven't noticed a difference between the namebrand and generic, other than price.

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  17. I love this! Sounds likea great recipe, gotta try it. PS I love pretty too lol

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    1. Hi Linda! So glad you stopped by :) Please do try it! Everyone I've heard from says they love it as much as I do! {Pretty always makes a job more pleasant!} Have a great day!

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  18. This is great! I am going to try your recipe for sure. Thanks for linking to Share It Saturday- I'll be featuring you tomorrow!

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    1. Thanks so much, Karyn! Sorry for the delay in seeing this. Computer issues :/ I'll be sure to check out the feature :)

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  19. I am making my batch this weekend. Mine came a little more expensive than yours, I guess things are a little pricier here. It is much cheaper than that store bought stuff. Can't wait!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by :) I have heard it is a little more than in some parts of the country, and less in others. Would love to hear how you like it so far!

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    2. So I made mine back in April. I've only used half and its been 6 months. The only thing I would leave out next time is the Downy UnStopables, they lost the purple color. I really recommend this!

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  20. I am wondering how it does with children clothing and umpteen food stains? and factory grease and coolant stains on jeans.

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    1. I haven't had any problems with being able to remove stains. My husband gets some grease stains from work as well. If there is anything that is proving to be difficult, I always pretreat the stain with Fels Naptha and then do a cold soak cycle before washing. I've been able to get food, grease, and blood stains out that way.

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  21. Found this on Pinterest!!
    I was wondering how this detergent might be for children with eczema/sensitive skin?? And do you know about the full price and how long it lasts? (looking for price per load for my penny pinching wallet!)

    Also, I saw on another blog about homemade detergent that oxi-clean is only for whites, there has not been any sort of damage to your colors/darks, etc?

    Thanks--love the idea AND how 'pretty' you have made it!!

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    1. Hi, and thanks for stopping by! I can't say how it with be for little ones with sensitive skin, as I don't have that problem in our house, but I tend to have sensitive skin and haven't had a problem with it. I also used to run a daycare and washed the kiddos' things with this with zero problem :)

      This recipe lasts my family of four 5-6 months :) An empty-nester friend of mine said it should last her & her hubby approx. 9 months.

      This recipe makes approx. 512 tablespoons, so that equals 170 LARGE loads or 256 SMALL to MEDIUM loads.

      My total cost (not including the $10 reusable glass jar) was $29.53 plus tax. (I could do it cheaper, but I like using 2 containers of the UnStopables and 4 bars of the Fels Naptha. I do use the generic OxiClean, rather than the brand name, to make up for it, though!) It helps when I can find coupons for the UnStopables! :) Of course, prices will vary store to store, and also depending on where you live.

      I haven't had any problems using oxi-clean on our colors. Of course, always expect *some* fading from washing on a regular basis, but I have not found this recipe to speed up the process. Hope that helps :) Have a great day!

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  22. Hi! I am so going to try this! Thanks for the recipe! I have a question tho. Do you still use fabric softener?

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    1. Hi Rikki! I do still use fabric softener because my hubby loves the smell of the dryer sheets I buy, but I'm trying to wean him off of them and use wool dryer balls instead ;)

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  23. my question is...Does this after time in your container seem to clump together and need to be broken up again? I have been making liquid because the one time I made a homemade cleaner in powder form (it was the dishwasher detergent) the whole thing after about a month or two became one big solid brick. I hated it.

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    1. This is, essentially, the recipe I've been using for years (minus the Downy & baking soda)and I have never had it clump. Give it a shot!

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    2. I also have never had a problem with it clumping, and I oftentimes leave the cover off my container, and still no clumping. Just make sure to mix well when you're making it, and I don't see you having any problem.

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  24. I was thinking about leaving the baking soda out. Can you tell me the benefits of it?

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    1. I personally wouldn't leave it out. This recipe works well, and baking soda is a large reason why. And my motto in this case is, "Why fix it if it ain't broke?" ;) I'm no expert, so there may be a more scientific answer, but I know that baking soda acts as a softener and is >>>GREAT<<< at removing stains and smells.

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  25. I love your Idea. I'm going to try it this weekend ! thanks for sharing !!!!

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    1. SO happy to hear that! Please let me know how you like it :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  26. Hi, This sounds great and would like to give it a try. I live in Canada and haven't been able to find the Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda. Do you know if I can substitute that with something else? Or do you know where I can find it?

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    1. Do a Google search - you can change baking soda to washing soda by baking it! I don't recall the details, but it's worth a look.

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    2. I would suggest checking Amazon.com or WalMart.com. They both sell Super Washing Soda :)

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    3. Both are available at Home Hardware Stores in Canada.

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  27. I'm so excited to try this and putting the Downy UnStopables is a genius idea!!! And I have never used the unstopables but was just comparing prices... Purex also makes similar types of laundry crystals and a 55oz container does for about $9 were as the Downy is a only a 13.5oz container for about $7. I'm going to give the Purex a shot and see if I'm pleased with it... as I said I don't have anything to compare it to since I've never used the unstopables before, but just thought I would pass the info along! Thanks again for the recipe I'm super excited!!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Please let me know how you're liking the laundry soap. I've had others make this with the Purex crystals as well, and they like it just fine. I'm just partial to the delicious smell of the UnStopables ;)

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  28. Just a note on the Downey unstopables. If you shop on Amazon and use the subscribe and save feature and subscribe to 5 items a month you can get the Downey unstopables for under 6 dollars. Plus it is shipped right to your door once a month with free shipping! Happy soap making, Jeannine

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    1. Thank you so much for the tip, Jeannine! I will definitely look into that. Anything to save some money :)

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  29. I'm so excited to try this. I found this on Pinterest, of course, and I already have my list for the store. With 3 kids under 5, I'm always doing laundry and trying to save money at the same time. Can't wait to try it. Happy New Year.

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    1. Happy New Year, and thanks for stopping by! I've been using this for a long time now, and I'm still loving it. I'm sure you will, too!

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  30. I use the same recipe except I use 2 bars of ZOTE soap. PU a little washing soda with the cut up soap in the food processor and the soap comes out super fine!

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    1. Good tip about putting the washing soda in with the soap. Thanks for sharing :)

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  31. I was wondering what size of Downey, as there are 3 different sizes.......

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    1. I buy the 13.2 oz. size. That's the only size they sell in the stores I buy it at, so I didn't know it came in more than one size. That's good to know! Because it's purely a scent booster, you can get whatever size you'd like :)

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  32. I make my own liquid laundry soap using Fels Naptha, Borax, and washing soda and essential oils. I want to try a powder and I was wondering if I could replace the unstoppable s scent boosterwith essiential oils?

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    1. Hi, Autumn! You sure can use essential oils :) Just make sure you mix it well to distribute the oil throughout the whole batch.

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    2. How well does this mixture work for sensitive skin?

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    3. We have a couple family members with sensitive skin, and we haven't had any problems with it. Just our personal experience, and we've been using this for a long time now :)

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  33. I will try this. Don't think I'll give up my favorites though. But nonetheless, loojs great for use on older clothing, etc.

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    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by! I didn't ever think I'd give up my favorite, and was even a little leery about trying this, but I'm so glad I did. I use it on all of our clothes... old and new... and it's fantastic :)

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  34. is there a reason that you put the detergent straight in the wash TUB rather than the dispenser? and do you add it before or after loading with clothes?

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    1. Hi Lois! I started putting it directly in the tub, because that's what the lady who inspired me to make my own does it that way. I have heard that in some front load washers the soap can leave a little bit of residue, so people put in the tub to prevent that. Others put it right in the dispenser and have no problems. I suppose it's a matter of personal choice, but the consensus seems to be to throw it in the tub. I sometimes put it in before the clothes, sometimes after. Whatever is easier for you. It all gets mixed up in the tub anyway ;) Just my opinion. Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by :)

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  35. I don't know if you answered this before but on oxy clean 2 to 1.3...how many cups do I need for oxy clean? For all the rest of (super washing soda, baking soda, 20 mule team borax) the whole box? Or how many cups do I need?

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    1. Hi Jessica! You would use all of the ingredients listed. In addition to the Fels Naptha and UnStopables, you would use the whole box of super washing Soda, the whole box of baking soda, the whole box of borax, and all of the Oxi-Clean (either 2 1.3 lb containers, or 1 3 lb container.)

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    2. what size boxes of borax, & washing soda

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    3. 76 oz box of Borax, 55 oz box of Super Washing Soda :)

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  36. This may be a silly question, but will this work on the old fashioned washers as well?

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    1. Hi, Kimberly! I have heard good things from people who use both HE and top-loading washers :)

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  37. I am allergic to all laundry detergents except for All. I was wondering if anyone with allergies has used this without a reaction. My son and I have very sensitive skin.

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    1. Hi, Holly! We have a couple people in our home with sensitive skin, especially me, and we've had no problems with this laundry soap. Just my personal experience. :)

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  38. What size bottle did you use for the Downy Unstoppables? The larger or the smaller? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Lindsey! I use the big bottle. :) They smell so amazing, I oftentimes use 2 big bottles, when I don't mind spending a little extra, that is!

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  39. How's the grime level on your machine? After using this recipe for a few months, I had a greasy scum on the tub of my washer. I think it's from the bar soap.

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    1. Hi, Saralyn! No grime on my machine, but I make sure to clean my washer once a month :)

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  40. I don't have a food processor, is there any other way to do this step?
    also is the borax the 76 oz container, wasn't sure on some of the sizes? thanks

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    1. You can use a grater if you don't have a food processor. They're very inexpensive. I've even seen them at dollar stores :) Yes, the borax is the 76 oz box.

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  41. If I wanted to cut quantity in half do I just used half of each ingredient?

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  42. This is my first home concoction and I am SO excited to try this recipe, Shandy! Thank you for posting via Pinterest (addicted). I have a question, must it be Fels Naptha/Zote or could one use Dove soap? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Erikka, I've personally never used Dove... strictly Fels Naptha in our house... but I have heard of people using it. I can't honestly say one way or the other if it would be okay, but I would be cautious if you have an HE washer. You want to be sure to use something that doesn't create a lot of suds so you don't ruin your washing machine. If you try it, come back and let us know how it works for you! :)

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  43. I prefer the Zote laundry soap which is natural over the Fels Naptha which is loaded with chemicals due to having a child with sensitive skin. It would also be better for baby's clothes. I've had no problems getting my clothes clean and I'm on well water which is full of deposits.

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    1. I've never used Zote, mainly because I'm a creature of habit. My mom always used Fels, so I use it. ;) Thanks for sharing what you use. Variety is the spice of life and I know people will find it helpful :) I have read that the scent in Zote lingers on clothes a while. Some may love that, but I'm sensitive to smells, so I'm curious if this is true?

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  44. Would you be able to give the actual amounts of each ingredient? I am from Canada and I was able to find all the ingredients but judging by your picture I think the box sizes are different for some of them.

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    1. Hi Marisa! I use the 3 pound container of Oxi-Clean (or two 1.5 pound containers of the generic version); 76 ounce box of borax; 55 ounce box of Super Washing Soda; 4 pound box of baling soda; the 13.2 ounce bottles of UnStopables; and the Fels Naptha bars only come in one size as far as I know.

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  45. Not sure if my comment posted so I'll do it again, sorry if it posts twice!!

    Love this, I know it's been a while since you posted his but I just have a few questions:

    Do you ever have trouble with any ingredient, like the unstoppable's, settling to the bottom of the container?

    Have you heard of any good, cheaper, alternatives to the unstoppable's?

    Thanks again!

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    1. Also, do you use any additional softener as well? Thanks!

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    2. Hi, Morgan! Great questions! I've never had problems with any of the ingredients settling to the bottom. I don't even worry about mixing it between loads of laundry. I just scoop out what I need and I'm good to go. As for an alternative to the Unstopables, and I don't know if they're any cheaper, but Gain and Purex also make scent boosters. I've also known people to put essential oils in theirs. With this dry winter air, I have been using dryer sheets, but adding vinegar to the rinse cycle is a great way to soften clothes! :) I like wool dryer balls, too!

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    3. Having been at this well over 5 years now I prefer the Zote over Fels Naphtha for two reasons, one it's natural, not loaded with chemicals which cause problems for those with allergies and skin sensitivities and two should you decide to save even more money and forgo the unstoppables you can make it an all natural laundry soap because the Zote smells really nice and clean. Aldo for those with hard water issues, just add 3 regular size boxes of any brand of baking soda to the mix, it'll soften the water allowing the detergent to do it's job.

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    4. Having been at this well over 5 years now I prefer the Zote over Fels Naphtha for two reasons, one it's natural, not loaded with chemicals which cause problems for those with allergies and skin sensitivities and two should you decide to save even more money and forgo the unstoppables you can make it an all natural laundry soap because the Zote smells really nice and clean. Aldo for those with hard water issues, just add 3 regular size boxes of any brand of baking soda to the mix, it'll soften the water allowing the detergent to do it's job.

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  46. I just made up a batch of you soap and I was wondering if there is a reason that you can't put it in the detergent dispenser of you HE machine?

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    1. I started putting it directly in the tub, because that's what the lady who inspired me to make my own does it that way. I have heard that in some front load washers the soap can leave a little bit of residue, so people put in the tub to prevent that. Others put it right in the dispenser and have no problems. I suppose it's a matter of personal choice, but the consensus seems to be to throw it in the tub.

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  47. Hi..I currently have a recipe that I have been following...With the recipe that I have I had to separate it into several containers. The first container I used was great but when I opened my second container it was hard as a rock... Do you have any trouble with your recipe as far as clumping?

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    1. Hi Amanda! I've been using this recipe for years and have never had a problem with it clumping. :)

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  48. Have you ever tried to microwave the Fels naptha? Microwave on a paper plate until bubbly. Then I usually let it set over night and crush the nixt morning with a paper plate. It turns into a nice powder and you wouldn't have to clean your food processor. (If you do this the soap does get hot sobe careful not to crush it too soon and it will make your whole house smell like soap so open windows) thank you for this lovely recipe!!!

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  49. The Naptha Soap didn't score very well on the Environmental Working Group website. http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/441-FelsNapthaHeavyDutyLaundryBarSoap
    Seems there are some concerns about cancer causing ingredients.

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    1. Hard to get away from that sometimes. Everyone needs to weigh their options to make an informed decision for their family. It received a score of C, which is better than many other laundry detergents. Thanks for sharing :)

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  50. I'm thinking about switching to homemade detergent but I was wondering do you still use liquid softener in the wash?

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  51. I'm thinking about switching to homemade detergent but I was wondering do you still use liquid softener in the wash?

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    1. Hi, Jennifer! I've never used liquid softener. Depending on the item(s) being washed, I either use vinegar in the rinse cycle, or I'll throw a dryer sheet in the dryer. :)

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  52. Hi there! I just made my own batch of this detergent and I love it so far. I have the same washer and dryer that you do, but every time I try to do a load of laundry I get the error code. I put the detergent in the drum rather than in the dispenser. Any troubleshooting ideas?

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    1. Hi Brittany! I know sometimes error codes pop up when the washer detects too much soap or detergent. I'm not sure why you're getting an error message, as I've never run into that problem, and don't know much about the workings of the machine itself. I'm curious if you're still getting that error code, now that it's several months later. (Note: I also put the soap directly into the drum.)

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  53. Shandy, Thank you for this amazing recipe! I have made the detergent numerous times and it works great for my family (including a toddler who has sensitive skin). I even have my family and friends making it now! Thanks again! Lorrie

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    1. Hi, Lorrie! Thanks for the feedback. :) I'm glad to hear you like it!

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  54. Does anybody have success with this recipe using hard water? I've made the one with Fels Naptha+borax+washing soda before and it didn't work very well with my hard water. I would like to hear some feed back from hard water users before I spend the money on the ingredients. Thanks.

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  55. Carol, We have hard water issues in our area but I've been adding a cup of white vinegar to my wash water and so far the combo has been a success. I use the same three ingredients as you: plus, I add oxyclean or generic whitening powder when necessary. I also soak my whites using the homemade soap, whitening powder, and generic dishwasher soap. Sounds crazy, but after a few hours sitting with these cleaning agents in hot water, I get great results. Good luck!!

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  56. Thanks for a great 'recipe' Shandy! I've made others, but the Unstoppables and Nels soap made the difference above the others. I'm about to make it for the 2nd tme but I do have to change one thing...No OxiClean. I wear navy scrubs everyday (and have for 10 years) and there was a very noticeable fading. After talking to co-workers about it, we all came to the conclusion that it was OxiClean. I can just add it separately to my light clothes. I'd never used it before. I always used Clorox 2. But, obviously, it does lighten, so I'll start using that separately on my lights, because it did work better than Clorox 2. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  57. This looks AWESOME!!! I have looked at umpteen laundry soap "recipes" and there was always something that held me back from trying them. This one, I'm am pinning and will make for sure! I hate shopping, in general, but I'm gonna have to head to Michael's, TJ Maxx and Burke's Outlet and fine me a pretty jar and measuring scoop. I like pretty, too! Thank YOU!!!! :0)

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  58. I have been using this recipe for years and love it! Saved myself tons of cash and our laundry smells fabulous!

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  59. I just have to ask. Why make your own loundry soap and add downey , a synthetic and highly toxicptoduccts on the market ?

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  60. I've read the comments about using this with hard water. I use it with my front load washer and I have hard water too. It cleans just as good as Tide. I still use Downy softener because...hard water. Also, I have to use a little more than a few TBS of detergent per load, I think that's because of the water issue. I use more like the whole 1/4 cup scoop. I have a family of four, plus my brother lives with us, so I am doing a TON of laundry. This is just my first batch, but I made it at the beginning of January 2016...it's just now gotten down to where I can see the bottom of the jar when scooping (not out but about 10-15 loads left). I would've bought probably 6 jugs of Tide by now (that's about $130 total) It cost me around $35 (that's including the glass jar and chalk paint sticker labels; approximately $18 for those) to create this detergent, that lasted me 4 1/2 months. So all in all, I saved around $100 for my first investment. It should cost me about $20 to make the next batch for the next 4 1/2 months. So I'm looking at about $80 a year instead of $80 every 3 months.

    Nice! Thanks for the recipe!
    The only change I'll be making is the scent boosters. We decided Lush isn't the scent for our family, after all. I'm going to try the Fresh one, instead. We used to get Tide Clean Breeze and that was our favorite. The Fresh Unstoppables are the closest scent to that.

    Thanks so much for the recipe! ^.^

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  61. How much do you use for an older washing machine? It's not a high efficiency washer.

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