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Old 08-28-2009, 11:55 AM   #61
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I'm doing my 3rd batch today. I found some specific laundry bar soap. Its not fels naphtha but we'll see if it is any better. I gave away scads of the stuff and have now converted all my sibs to this stuff!
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:32 AM   #62
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Fels Naphtha is usually found in the laudry isle of a grocery store not where bar soap is but where spot removers are. I saved my milk jugs till I got 10 of them and now when I make a batch I fill all 10. For conveience I brought a 1/2 gallon of milk for the container, that way measuring out into containers much simpler.

i also use the softner recipe to replace dryer sheets. went to the 1.00 store brought some wash cloths so I would know them from everyday ones.
you take 1 container of fabric softener and dilute using the fabric softner jug filled with water 2 times 2 to 1 ratio. then when going to put goes in the dryer take your washcloth in the diluted softer ring it out and toss in the dryer with clothes. works great. duggars use sponges but i find they will leave pcs of sponge here and there.

Everytime I start a new jug i but what money I would of spent for a gallon of laundry deterent in a jar. Wow I can't believe how much I have saved. I have my xmas money already
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Old 08-29-2009, 09:28 AM   #63
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Zote soap works great, too. I usually have 2 batches of laundry soap -
a batch made with Fels and a batch made with Zote and Ivory. the Fels
is for my husbands ultra-nasty work clothes and stuff like throw rugs,
beach towels, dish rags and towels, etc. the other I use for my everyday
laundry. the Zote also has optical brighteners in it so it helps your whites
stay whiter and your colors more vivid.
another softener method (and one that flushes soap scum out of your
washer pipes) is about 1/2c of vinegar in the rinse cycle. or put it in a
couple Downy balls. it kills static and softens clothes and it doesn't
stink like vinegar, either.
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Old 08-29-2009, 04:19 PM   #64
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There is no Fels Naptha here. I've even gone online to ask. I can get Sunlight bar soap or Ivory but thats it.
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:23 AM   #65
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I found this site if someone wanted to buy it on line

Fels Naptha Soap
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Old 08-30-2009, 09:43 AM   #66
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try this one as well
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:29 AM   #67
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I sure appreciate the trouble you have gone to for me guys. I won't be buying the soap online simply because it is cost prohibitive. Shipping to Canada is far too much and negates the whole purpose of making my own laundry detergent. Sad, but true. If it ever becomes readily available here I will purchase it, but otherwise I'll stick with what I've already tried.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:03 PM   #68
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Glory hallelujah! Got a new washer today. Its a fabulous front loader. My question for all you folks is can I use this soap in it?

I think I can, just a ton less right? I was reading about the HE detergents and it says that its the sudsing action that is the issue. So what do you all think? Yes or no?
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:23 PM   #69
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I have a friend who has a front loader and she uses the soap, but less. Works just fine.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:25 PM   #70
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WOOHOO! Thanks Katie. I wasn't just sure if I should try it but I have a HUGE amount of it left and didn't really want to buy that other stuff. I like how this works on my clothes. I'm looking forward to using even less of it now!
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