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The one draw back of a large family- Laundry.
First-the cost. Laundry detergent is way too expensive. I was so happy in the beginning when I found the dry detergent recipe on this site. Even passed it on to my mom, who kept getting rashes from other types. She passed it on to her dermotologist because she has not had a rash since she switched.
Then I moved to Michigan with well water. Not a big deal-still worked.
Then my washing machine started to be fussy.
So I switched to the laundry sauce-big improvement.
BUT-I have no dryers righ now.
And my washing machine leaks.
And I hate the laundromat.
But, with the money I have saved on detergent--I will be getting new machines soon.
And I don't remember if I got it off this site or another--but I also make my own stain remover--like the ones you buy that you spray on the clothes to pre-treat then wash.
Takes out grease, dirt, bbq sauce like a champ.
And you use less.
BONUS!!!!

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  1. Smile7's Avatar
    I also have a big family and have been making my own detergent for awhile, but I may switch to laundry sauce. Sounds like it worked for you. I also use vinegar instead of fabric softener, and my machine stays clean. It was getting rather slimy before. Vinegar isn't perfect for the static, but I have tried the aluminum foil. I just used the foil, from off the last meal I needed foil with (washed it first, of course) and rolled it into a ball. It seems to be cutting the static down completely. I think I'm going to have to try the laundry sauce next. It's even cheaper than what I do. Oh, and a friend couldn't use any store-bought powdered detergent. She says she found out it is because it has fiberglass in it. Haven't checked that out, but yikes!!!! But she started making my kind of detergent which is powdered, and she has no trouble!
  2. fosterfamily5's Avatar
    I'll take that stain remover recipe.... Laundry is the bane of my existance. We are down to 4 in our house with one off at college, it's still too much laundry for me...
  3. bamo72's Avatar
    Stain remover is
    Homemade Stain Remover

    2/3 cups Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
    (I always have Dawn but heard others work too)
    2/3 cups ammonia
    6 Tblsp baking soda
    2 cups warm water

    Put all into a spray bottle and then shake before you spray on clothes. I know it sounds like the baking soda would clog the spray nozzle, but any other way and I used too much and the stain did not come out as well.

    This has removed grease and oil stains on some of my husbands shirts that had been there for months--just took a few washing. You can also spread and rub together to help remove the stain.
  4. fosterfamily5's Avatar
    Thank you! Question though, isn't there something with ammonia that you aren't suppose to mix it with? Bleach maybe? Would this be a bad thing to use if you are doing whites and using bleach also? Or would it be ok?
  5. wilbe95's Avatar
    Yes a mix of ammonia and bleach can be deadly.
  6. aroha's Avatar
    Am about to make the laundry sauce. Family of 7 woth 1 due in april and really need to cut things down. My question is about the foil, what is causing that static in the washing, is it the detergent or is it something else?
  7. bamo72's Avatar
    I don't use bleach because bleach and well water do not mix...actually make clothes yellow. But wilbe95 is correct--no bleach and ammonia.
  8. bamo72's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aroha
    Am about to make the laundry sauce. Family of 7 woth 1 due in april and really need to cut things down. My question is about the foil, what is causing that static in the washing, is it the detergent or is it something else?
    I know my static is from the fleece type materials I use. (I live in MI, you need fleece). I just wash and dry those separate. The foil works well with this but I have found, for me, it is only good for one dryer round, then the foil balls are too compact and start to fall apart. I decided with the money I had saved from the other things, I invested in those dryer "balls". That has been working well for me.