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    Well, I've now given up conventional shampoo, soap and deodorant, I guess laundry detergent is next. I have always used Tide but I hear that the fabric softeners and fragrences are toxic. What do people use to wash their clothes? Awhile back I had a roommate that used some sort of "green" lavendar detergent but can't remember the name.

  • #2
    There was a post on here a few months ago about making your own detergent. I'll try to find and post. I have been looking for alternatives as well.
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    • #3
      I'm getting ready to make my own detergent. Grated bar soap, Borax and washing soda (sodium carbonate- now sold in pool cleaner isle)

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      • #4
        Homemade Laundry Soap

        Ingredients:
        Water
        Cup Borax
        Cup Washing Soda
        1 bar of Ivory or Castille soap
        Essential oil for scent
        Bucket or container

        Directions:
        Grate the bar of soap into a large stovetop pot with a cheese grater or in a food processor
        Fill the pot with 6 cups of water
        Heat on medium-low heat and stir (I recommend using a wooden spoon as it works well to break apart larger soap chunks) until all of the soap is melted
        Add powders to melted soap mixture and stir until all of the powder is dissolved
        Pour 4 cups of hot water into the bucket or container
        Pour powder/soap mixture into hot water and stir as you pour
        Pour 1 gallons of water into the bucket and stir
        Add essential oil for scent, if desired and stir
        The mixture will become gel-like after resting, but can be used in the liquid state immediately.
        Use cup per load.
        ma blog: http://happybeehive.wordpress.com/

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        • #5
          I like the idea, but wonder about whether it's rough on colors and fabrics. Not that I think it must be worse, but I wouldn't want to find out too late.

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          • #6
            baking soda. sometimes dr. bronners (that stuff works for everyfreakin'thing).
            Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers

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            • #7
              I use this. http://www.ecos.com/ecosliquid.html

              I make soap, bath and body products as a profession and when I don't have time (which lately is a lot) I use this as an alternate.

              It has a built in fabric softener, but I will, on occasion use vinegar and lavender eo as a rinse.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by avocado View Post
                I like the idea, but wonder about whether it's rough on colors and fabrics. Not that I think it must be worse, but I wouldn't want to find out too late.
                I've never had a problem with it being rough on colors and fabrics. Everything smells fresh and it just as good/better than commercial detergents. Also, towels smell a lot better, and stay better- smelling longer. In the summer, I used to have to change our towels out everyday because they would get moldy-smelling while they were air drying after bathing, but that doesn't happen anymore.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Maurabela View Post
                  Homemade Laundry Soap

                  Ingredients:
                  • Water
                  • Cup Borax
                  • Cup Washing Soda
                  • 1 bar of Ivory or Castille soap
                  • Essential oil for scent
                  • Bucket or container

                  Directions:
                  • Grate the bar of soap into a large stovetop pot with a cheese grater or in a food processor
                  • Fill the pot with 6 cups of water
                  • Heat on medium-low heat and stir (I recommend using a wooden spoon as it works well to break apart larger soap chunks) until all of the soap is melted
                  • Add powders to melted soap mixture and stir until all of the powder is dissolved
                  • Pour 4 cups of hot water into the bucket or container
                  • Pour powder/soap mixture into hot water and stir as you pour
                  • Pour 1 gallons of water into the bucket and stir
                  • Add essential oil for scent, if desired and stir
                  The mixture will become gel-like after resting, but can be used in the liquid state immediately.
                  Use cup per load.
                  Been using this for over a year and would never go back to commercial detergent.
                  ma blog: http://happybeehive.wordpress.com/

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                  • #10
                    At the rate that I do laundry... and some NASTY dirty little boy, and chef laundry... I'm personally not too keen on spending time mixing up concoctions.

                    That said, I'm quite liking the Method products, 7th generation, and ecover fabric softener (they list all their ingredients... which most companies don't!)... Also, pretty cheap!

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                    • #11
                      I use Mrs. Myers lavender. Don't know if it's junk free, but I do know it does not cause an allergic reaction like most standard detergents. (I'm VERY sensitive to synthetic perfumes.)
                      Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by elorajade View Post
                        I use this. http://www.ecos.com/ecosliquid.html

                        I make soap, bath and body products as a profession and when I don't have time (which lately is a lot) I use this as an alternate.

                        It has a built in fabric softener, but I will, on occasion use vinegar and lavender eo as a rinse.
                        I use this too.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by twinmama View Post
                          At the rate that I do laundry... and some NASTY dirty little boy, and chef laundry... I'm personally not too keen on spending time mixing up concoctions.
                          !
                          You can mix it in a 5 gallon bucket. I think it would do close to 700 loads.

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                          • #14
                            Is this mix ok for front load washers? Low suds?

                            Thanks... Might consider the 5 gallon bucket... I'm in the middle of cleaning my garage. Room could be made!! Will consider... Thx.

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                            • #15
                              Yup, it's made for both top and front loaders. Actually, the front loaders will yield 680 loads! It is not very sudsy.

                              http://www.duggarfamily.com/recipes.html

                              It is the 3rd recipe. I was wrong, it makes 10 gallons but you can but the recipe in half.

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