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  1. #1
    teleahmoe
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    I am wondering what is the mix for the stain remover? I have two
    boys and I definately am interested in any stain removal recipe.

    Thanks

    Teleah
    In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Jen Krausz <jenkrausz@y...> wrote:
    > About MYO 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
    > bottle)
    > 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
    > for me!
    > Jen K
    >
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  2. #2
    kabad@hbinc.com
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    Default homemade laundry detergent


    So I did this recipe below and the liquid is not thick. Does that matter, I
    made sure to follow precisely too. Can I still use it? Thanks, Kathy



    3 Pints Water
    1/3 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
    1/2 Cup Washing Soda
    1/2 Cup Borax
    2 Gallon Bucket
    1 Quart Hot Water
    Cold Water

    Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low
    until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and
    remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 Gallon Bucket. Add soap
    mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with cold water, and mix well. Set aside
    for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.


  3. #3
    Jen Krausz
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    I am super lazy. I make my laundry detergent into a
    powder instead of a liquid. It works fine and is way
    easier than melting the soap flakes, cooking it into a
    gel, etc. That is way too time consuming. Here's what
    I use:

    1/2 bar of soap (Ivory, Fels Naptha, Zote, or
    whatever)
    1 cup washing soda
    1 cup borax

    Just grate the soap and blend everything together well
    (I use a wire whisk). Use 1 tablespoon per load.

    This makes enough to last me about a month. It costs
    under $1 to make this amount--I estimate 67 cents for
    mine. For $6, you can make at least 8 batches--enough
    to last me 8 months. I have a family of 4. I do 7-8
    loads of laundry a week.

    Doing the homemade, whether liquid or powder,
    definitely saves you money. I used to pay about $3 for
    100 ounces, which would last me a month because I used
    less than it told you to. So it's not a huge savings
    but why pay more if you don't have to? Plus you won't
    have problems with dyes from the detergent
    transferring to your clothes because there's no color.
    A lot of the cheaper detergents are blue, etc.

    Jen K in PA

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    mseasttexaslady
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    Good Morning,
    I made this recipe yesterday but I used Zote Soap instead. It gelled
    very nicely. My DH ask would it get his clothes clean and fresh. I
    told him I think so and he :0( at me. I told him if he was not
    satisfied I would wash his clothes in store bought soap. NOT
    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to handle DH?
    I found all ingredients at Krogers in Nacogdoches. The prices were
    as follows:
    Zote Soap $.69 makes 3 batches of laundry soap
    Washing Soda $1.65 makes 12 batcges of laundry soap
    Borax $2.99 makes 19 batches of laundry soap
    I washing my first load of towels in the detergent know. I will let
    ya'll know what DH says.

    Thank you for this great & informative group.
    Janie in East Texas

    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, kabad@h... wrote:
    So I did this recipe below and the liquid is not thick. Does that
    matter, I made sure to follow precisely too. Can I still use it?
    Thanks, Kathy
    3 Pints Water
    1/3 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
    1/2 Cup Washing Soda
    1/2 Cup Borax
    2 Gallon Bucket
    1 Quart Hot Water
    Cold Water
    Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat
    on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until
    thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 Gallon
    Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with cold water,
    and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use
    1/2 cup of mixture per load.


  5. #5
    trulyblessedmum
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    I have been using this recipe for almost 18 months now, and
    everything washes up just fine. I use 1/3 bar of Sunlight bar soap
    (in the laundry section) grated up, 1/2 c borax and 1/2 cup washing
    soda, with water and I have used it on our clothes and the clothes
    for my daughter (17 months). I worried at first about using it for
    my daughter's clothes, but it has been just fine. When she was
    spitting up/spilling food on herself and getting everything stained,
    I would sometimes add some extra washing soda to the load, and that
    seemed to help with the stains. And it's so much cheaper than store-
    bought detergent, and so easy to make. And I actually find that it
    whitens better than the detergent I was using before. And no more
    realizing that I'm out of soap and having to make a special trip for
    it, or looking around for sales - I have everything I need on hand.
    I have also found other used for the borax, and that's an added
    bonus, because it is really inexpensive for the amount you use, and
    it works really well. My husband was worried at first about
    the "homemade" detergent, but he is perfectly fine with it now. I
    think the mistake I made with him was telling him that I was going to
    wash his clothes in the detergent first to test it out, and then if
    it didn't eat holes in the clothes, or discolour them, then I would
    use it on mine (LOL). He didn't think that was very funny at all -
    go figure. Some people don't have a sense of humour at all!

    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "mseasttexaslady"
    <mseasttexaslady@y...> wrote:
    > Good Morning,
    > I made this recipe yesterday but I used Zote Soap instead. It
    gelled
    > very nicely. My DH ask would it get his clothes clean and fresh.
    I
    > told him I think so and he :0( at me. I told him if he was not
    > satisfied I would wash his clothes in store bought soap. NOT
    > Does anyone have any suggestions on how to handle DH?
    > I found all ingredients at Krogers in Nacogdoches. The prices were
    > as follows:
    > Zote Soap $.69 makes 3 batches of laundry soap
    > Washing Soda $1.65 makes 12 batcges of laundry soap
    > Borax $2.99 makes 19 batches of laundry soap
    > I washing my first load of towels in the detergent know. I will
    let
    > ya'll know what DH says.
    >
    > Thank you for this great & informative group.
    > Janie in East Texas
    >
    > --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, kabad@h... wrote:
    > So I did this recipe below and the liquid is not thick. Does that
    > matter, I made sure to follow precisely too. Can I still use it?
    > Thanks, Kathy
    > 3 Pints Water
    > 1/3 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
    > 1/2 Cup Washing Soda
    > 1/2 Cup Borax
    > 2 Gallon Bucket
    > 1 Quart Hot Water
    > Cold Water
    > Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat
    > on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until
    > thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 Gallon
    > Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with cold
    water,
    > and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens.
    Use
    > 1/2 cup of mixture per load.


  6. #6
    mseasttexaslady
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    Angela,
    Do you have a Kroger's grocery store near you or in a neighboring
    town or city? What area are you in? Maybe someone in another
    town could send you the supplies you need?
    I love this laundry detergent and it does a good job!! I add vinagar
    to the rinse w/fabric softner.
    Janie in East Texas
    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, TchrMom22@a... wrote:
    Would someone PLEASE help me? Does anyone know where I can get
    washing soda? It's not at Wal-Mart or my local Winn-Dixie. I'm
    looking forward to your helpful advice; this group is great! Angela


  7. #7
    mseasttexaslady
    Guest

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    Question: Has anyone added Oxyclean or a generic of this product to
    the pot of melting bar soap? I wonder, can this be done? If so how
    much would I use to a bach of laundry soap? Thanks again for all the
    great advise. Janie
    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "trulyblessedmum"
    <littlebirdie2002@h...> wrote: One thing I should have mentioned -
    this detergent doesn't make any suds at all, but that's okay - it's
    not supposed to. But just use 1/2 cup (or 1 cup if really dirty
    clothes), and everything comes clean.


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    Time/money saving tip: I just cooked up my first batch of Laundry Sauce. Yes, it did take "forever" to dissolve the powders, and only time will tell if I did everything right. However, after I filled my jars, I ended up with a 4 qt pan full of soapy yuckiness. I filled the pan with warm water, swished it with a sponge, and ALMOST dumped it out. Just before it was too late, I realized I could put a batch of hand-washables in that nice soapy water, and kill two tasks with one whack. Voila! Clean unmentionables, clean pan, happy day!

 

 
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