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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #60 on: May 24, 2013, 09:32:16 PM »
My CASE of Fels-Naptha soap arrived today  :o I think I am good for a few decades.

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I've got to order some myself as I'm down to a dozen bars...and will be down to just ten after I make up another batch of laundry detergent this weekend.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #61 on: May 24, 2013, 11:05:12 PM »
Made another batch today Nic.. thanks.

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You're welcome!  ;D

I must be stinky. I'm still working on my last batch. LOL

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #62 on: May 24, 2013, 11:37:58 PM »
Did this myself over the winter, mine came out a bit "lumpy".  I think I didn't cook the naphtha LNG enough though.  It still works though.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #63 on: May 25, 2013, 03:07:20 PM »
Just finished a new batch about 12 minutes ago.   ;D

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #64 on: May 25, 2013, 03:13:49 PM »
Did this myself over the winter, mine came out a bit "lumpy".  I think I didn't cook the naphtha LNG enough though.  It still works though.

Shake it really good. I sometimes get 'lilly pads' on top of mine.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #65 on: May 26, 2013, 11:12:53 AM »
I was running low on laundry soap. Z asked if I wanted to help him fill his Amazon order so he could get free shipping. Told him I needed a couple bars of Fels-Naptha. My CASE of Fels-Naptha soap arrived today  :o I think I am good for a few decades.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #66 on: May 27, 2013, 07:00:03 PM »
Made a batch of laundry detergent this after noon.  Used the hand grater (vs the food processor) for the fels naptha this time and though it was a little more work initially, the soap actually melted a lot faster. So it's hand grating from here on out.  :) 

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #67 on: May 27, 2013, 07:29:19 PM »
I have also discovered that doubling the water your melting the soap into speeds things along nicely.  I have seen no detrimental effects from doing that.  I have also increased my soda ash by a 1/4 cup, this seems to give me a little better consistency in the final product.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #68 on: May 27, 2013, 08:51:03 PM »
I have also discovered that doubling the water your melting the soap into speeds things along nicely. 

You know, now that I think about it, I did add an extra cup of water to the pan. So I'll be doing that again as well, too.  :)

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #69 on: October 30, 2013, 05:58:43 PM »
I've done this a few times and the texture has never been as smooth as yours looks but I came up with a fix for that today. I took a stick blender to it (after it setup for a day).

I'm guessing I have not been melting the ingredients enough.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #70 on: November 02, 2013, 11:27:02 AM »
Glad to see you here, Gates... Stop by the intro thread if you get a chance... We love getting new members.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #71 on: November 13, 2013, 02:44:44 PM »
 :popcorn:

So glad I found this and glad to know it kills odors effectively! How does it do with stain removal (maybe I missed that part)? Right now I use Shout: I spray the stain, rub it vigorously, let it sit a couple minutes, then throw it in the washer with the rest of the regular load. Works pretty well.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #72 on: November 13, 2013, 03:06:26 PM »
My wife uses it at full concentration with a toothbrush and it cleans stains VERY well.  Even my middle boys white football pants come pretty clean. (Then she touches up the tough spots with borax).

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #73 on: November 16, 2013, 11:45:52 AM »
I am definitely trying this. Thinks for the great info.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #74 on: November 18, 2013, 02:33:59 PM »
Just finished pouring my first batch into milk jugs. Will it store okay in my detached non temperature/humidity controlled  garage? I'm in Indiana were it gets very cold (near freezing) in there.
« Last Edit: November 18, 2013, 02:40:37 PM by Wanting2Learn »

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #75 on: November 18, 2013, 06:12:13 PM »
I do a powdered and have not done a liquid.
After a year or so you may have to break up clumps but its no biggy.

Here are the two recipes I have.


Laundry Detergent
From TAZ
Fels naphtha or zote soap $.97 x 6 or 8
Washing soda 55oz $3.24
Baking soda 54 oz box $2.12
Borax 76 oz $3.38
Oxyclean 48 oz $7.52
$24.02 us tax
Use 1 TBSP/load (safe for HE washers)
Lasts 7-9 months depending on loads with double to triple the amount needed for wash at 5-7 loads a week. Desiccant packets from show boxes keeps this from clumping. Optional: You can liquefy this by heating in a stock pot with some water.
These are basically the ingredients for most other cleaning products for the home with some modifications.
Another Recipe from the soap whs.
1 4-5Oz bar of soap (Fels or Zote)
1 Cup Borax
1 cup washing Soda (1/2 Soda ash and 1/2 Sodium Bicarbonate)
Note: I would still add Oxyclean and Baking soda in 1 cup increments.
Supplies for both:
Cheese grader (use the small side). Scale or measuring cup. Larger bowl for blending.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #76 on: November 19, 2013, 10:13:14 AM »
All I store is the Fells Naptha, Soda Ash and Borox, all of which store indefinitely.   Then I mix up 1 5 gallon pail when I need it (About ever 4 to 6 months for us because we use it for more than just a 1/4 cup per load, my wife goes through a lot of it on stains and stuff like the football pants) and I use it to clean tarps, (Canvas and plastic) and outdoor clothing that doesn't go in the washing machine (Snow suites etc).  I even used it once to wash the car.  Not enough suds but it worked fine.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #77 on: November 24, 2013, 07:20:15 PM »
I'm loving this thanks Nic. I made 8 gallons with the OP recipe and after washing 4 loads I gave them all away to friends and family. 1 person donated 3 bucks so that batch was covered. I made a second batch with have the Borax and Soda. I left it as is in 5 gallons so I trying it doubled up on the Fels smell goodyness. I have another batch mixed in a bucket setting up. Has anyone had issues with a film in the washer or anything else odd? My first batch seemed to separate in the jugs. Nothing a quick shake doesn't cure but that does keep me from putting it in a larger container with a drain cock or ball valve. Maybe I'll heavy up on the Soda like Doc said and see if that helps. Anyone else having it separate like some settling to the bottom and some floating?

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #78 on: December 05, 2013, 01:48:19 PM »
My wife makes her own powdered laundry soad very similiar to the recipes posted, but she adds purex crystels for the scent.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #79 on: December 07, 2013, 07:33:20 PM »
I'm curious as to why you guys are ordering fels naphtha soap. I checked online and the cheapest I could find it was still 15 cents more than walmart

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #80 on: December 08, 2013, 10:53:07 AM »
I'm curious as to why you guys are ordering fels naphtha soap. I checked online and the cheapest I could find it was still 15 cents more than walmart
Yeah. Plenty on the shelf and 99 cents here at my wally marts.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #81 on: December 08, 2013, 01:10:28 PM »
yep, I generally grab 6 to 8 bars at wally periodically.  Only place I can find it in stock and it's good and cheap.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #82 on: December 08, 2013, 01:44:55 PM »
The Walmart near me is always sold out of the Borax shortly after stocked. The 2 powders are 3.24 each and the Fels is .97 cents. Each is side by side by side in te laundry isle. Lots of my friends and family love this.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #83 on: December 08, 2013, 02:24:56 PM »
I also use Zote soap. It is a larger bar for the same price.
When at Wal-Mart look at both ends of the isle. They tend to separate the ingredients.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #84 on: December 08, 2013, 02:39:06 PM »
Is the Zote comparable to the Fels on the smell? Do you use the Zote in place of or added with the Fels?

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #85 on: December 08, 2013, 04:15:56 PM »
Zote has more scent and is twice the size for the same price. There is no scent after the dryer.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #86 on: December 08, 2013, 05:51:25 PM »
I prefer to make the powdered version and make it with Kirks Castile soap. A buck a bar at Meijer. Mild aroma and hypoallergenic.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #87 on: December 08, 2013, 09:30:47 PM »
I use a Kitchen Aid mixer with the food processor and the small grating attachment.  It almost makes it into a powder and it melts almost instantly.

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #88 on: December 09, 2013, 06:58:19 AM »
I thought about the kitchen aid but my wife would skin me alive if I did anything to it. LOL

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Re: Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
« Reply #89 on: December 09, 2013, 08:01:01 PM »
I've been using a homemade liquid laundry detergent for over a year now, and love it.  I just use a Fels Naptha bar, Borax, and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.  And of course water.  Food processor works great w/ the Fels Naptha bar; it's soap so it cleans nicely.  The recipe I use (from http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2011/02/make-it-homemade-liquid-laundry-soap-1/ - my husband found it somehow) also uses a 5-gallon bucket, which we picked up at Dunkin Donuts for $1 (we got several).  I store it in whatever - empty laundry detergent bottles, cleaned milk jugs (work in a pinch), cleaned ice tea plastic containers (very sturdy).  Whatever it's in, I do give it a quick shake before adding to washing machine.  With soft water, we use about 1 T. per load.  So a batch lasts a LONG time.

For those who are looking for Fels Naptha bars, we had good luck at an Amish grocery store in our area.  They were the cheapest I've found anywhere (I want to say around 87 cents, but it's been over a year so I am not sure).  Bought several :)