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Thread: homemade laundry detergent
01-16-2003, 05:34 PM #1Jen KrauszGuest
homemade laundry detergent
I used Suave soap my first 2 tries and it seemed to
work fine. So any old soap will probably do. But it
took forever to cook the liquid form. SO the second
time, here's what I did:
1/2 bar of any soap, grated into flakes
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
Mix all three together and keep in plastic container.
Use 1 tablespoon per load.
This is the same as the liquid except it's powder.
MUCH quicker and easier than the liquid.
Washing soda and borax are becoming staples in my
house. You can also use them, about 1 Tbsp of each,
instead of dishwasher powder like Cascade. I have even
used 1/2 tsp. of Dawn in the dishwasher like someone
on this list or my other budget list suggested and
it's worked fine. And for stain removal, use vinegar
and dawn in a spray bottle. Works great! I work in a
restaurant and have to wear a white shirt, and it
hasn't failed me yet.
I'd say that you don't even NEED to buy any
pre-packaged cleaners. Just keep the following on hand
and you are covered.
Bleach (about $1 a bottle)
Vinegar (depends on size of the bottle)
Ammonia (but never mix with the bleach) (under $1 a
Borax (about $2.50 a big box)
Washing soda (about $1.75 a big box)
Baking soda (I got 4 boxes free with coupon recently)
Soap ($1 for 3 bars at my local $$ store)
Dawn dishwashing liquid (best brand IMHO) (usually
about 30 cents with coupon)
Hydrogen peroxide (pretty much like OxyClean but much
cheaper, under $1 a large bottle)
And that ought to cover just about all your cleaning
needs. And way cheap, too. For under $10 you are set
for months at a time. But I confess that I still buy
Lysol all-purpose cleaner when I can get it free with
a doubled or tripled coupon. But I don't really need
it with all the other stuff. I'm in the process of
using up my remaining stash of expensive cleaners,
like Greased Lightening, Electrasol tabs, and Lysol
Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner and then it's homemade