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Old 09-24-2012, 07:59 PM   #111
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I got everything bought today. Next weekend I will take the time to make the soap. I have a huge button dispenser from my regular liquid laundry soap (Arm and Hammer), not sure how much it holds. I may just put two batches of the concentrate in it and make a 3 part water to 1 part soap in a 1/2 gallon container.

The Fels was 97 cents a bar.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:45 PM   #112
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Alix-I use 1/8 c for each load. TL I don't know why it wouldn't work in a front-loading washer...I use Fels because I like Fels. I have also used Castille (Kirk's). I have never seen Sunlight in bars, but I haven't really looked for it. And, the DH uses Lava because his clothes get so dirty in the machine shop.
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Alix-I use 1/8 c for each load. TL I don't know why it wouldn't work in a front-loading washer...I use Fels because I like Fels. I have also used Castille (Kirk's). I have never seen Sunlight in bars, but I haven't really looked for it. And, the DH uses Lava because his clothes get so dirty in the machine shop.
Would it go through the thingee where you are supposed to put the detergent? It seems to be designed for liquid.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:02 PM   #114
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I've been making the DYI liquid laundry soap for a few months now and really like it. I will never buy laundry soap again! I use the liquid detergent just fine in my front loader, not sure about the powder soap.I use almost the same recipe posted here but add 2c of oxiclean. Just make sure to add it slowly and outside in case it bubbles over. I also do not care for the scent of Fels soap so I bought a bottle of clean linen oil in the candle section at Walmart for $1 and added a little to the soap and my DYI liquid laundry softner. I also don't have alot of storage space. Rather than 10, 1 gallon containers setting around, I leave it in a 5 gallon bucket. When I need soap I refill an old Tide bottle about half way and then fill up with water and shake. Takes up less space and is quickly refilled.

I am interested in trying this on my carpets. Sounds like others have had good results with this. Do you have to rinse your carpet after cleaning with this?

I also really like DYI fabric softner. I have tried the DYI powder dishwasher soap and do not care for that. I got a film on my dishes that was difficult to remove, guess I will stick with Cascade for now. I am going to try to make DYI fabreeze next. Anyone have other DYI money savers they use?
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Would it go through the thingee where you are supposed to put the detergent? It seems to be designed for liquid.
Mine has a "dry" spot that you can use for dry soap and then swish it in with some water. I think it would be easier to just toss it in with the clothes though.

So 4 cups of dry powder would = 32 loads? Is that about right CWS? I think I do about 4-8 loads a week so that amount would only last me about a month or so.

I think I'll stick to the liquid stuff for now. I'd be interested in a "clean" comparison though.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:09 PM   #116
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I've been making the DYI liquid laundry soap for a few months now and really like it. I will never buy laundry soap again! I use the liquid detergent just fine in my front loader, not sure about the powder soap.I use almost the same recipe posted here but add 2c of oxiclean. Just make sure to add it slowly and outside in case it bubbles over. I also do not care for the scent of Fels soap so I bought a bottle of clean linen oil in the candle section at Walmart for $1 and added a little to the soap and my DYI liquid laundry softner. I also don't have alot of storage space. Rather than 10, 1 gallon containers setting around, I leave it in a 5 gallon bucket. When I need soap I refill an old Tide bottle about half way and then fill up with water and shake. Takes up less space and is quickly refilled.

I am interested in trying this on my carpets. Sounds like others have had good results with this. Do you have to rinse your carpet after cleaning with this?

I also really like DYI fabric softner. I have tried the DYI powder dishwasher soap and do not care for that. I got a film on my dishes that was difficult to remove, guess I will stick with Cascade for now. I am going to try to make DYI fabreeze next. Anyone have other DYI money savers they use?
I use vinegar/water and baking soda to clean the lone carpet in the house. I think the log auction is this weekend--hopefully we can get enough logs to finish putting hardwood flooring in the hallway, family room, kitchen, and living room. Then I won't need the carpet cleaner. Did you try adding white vinegar to the DW (the rinse cycle "slot")? I add vinegar when using cheaper DW detergents and the glasses usually come out spotless.

I make my own "air freshener" by adding about 15 drops of an essential oil that I like to a spritzer bottle of water. I leave a spray bottle of that in the bathroom....
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I use vinegar/water and baking soda to clean the lone carpet in the house. I think the log auction is this weekend--hopefully we can get enough logs to finish putting hardwood flooring in the hallway, family room, kitchen, and living room. Then I won't need the carpet cleaner. Did you try adding white vinegar to the DW (the rinse cycle "slot")? I add vinegar when using cheaper DW detergents and the glasses usually come out spotless.

I make my own "air freshener" by adding about 15 drops of an essential oil that I like to a spritzer bottle of water. I leave a spray bottle of that in the bathroom....

Thanks for the info on the carpet, I am going to give that a try.

I did add vinegar to the rinse slot with no luck. I also tried JetDry and still had a film that you could see and feel. It was worth a try, just not for me. Love the laundry soap though!
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I just broke into the laundry soap I made in the fall. I found a 4L jug right after I made that batch and it lasted me til now so I'm starting my latest count on how long it lasts starting April 1/13. the 4L jug lasted from Sept 24/12 til now. Nice work.
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I just broke into the laundry soap I made in the fall. I found a 4L jug right after I made that batch and it lasted me til now so I'm starting my latest count on how long it lasts starting April 1/13. the 4L jug lasted from Sept 24/12 til now. Nice work.
I do a lot of laundry...I change clothes 3-4x/day. And, I wash bath towels after 1 use. And, this is just my laundry! So 4l of the liquid lasts me about 2 months. The same amount of dry lasts about the same. I just do a lot of laundry.
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As a child, when I got bitten by the pig, the doctor made a paste out of melted Kirkman soap and put it on the bite. It cleared up the infection. So Kirkman and other soaps of the same kind must have infection fighting ingredients.
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