Laundry Soap- Frugal Savings

I have used many laundry soaps over the years, and alot of them are really good, but can be costly over time. I have also seen the recipes on this site for making your own laundry soap. But what I have run into is that the stores in this area don't carry some of the items in the recipe. So that

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    I have used many laundry soaps over the years, and alot of them are really good, but can be costly over time. I have also seen the recipes on this site for making your own laundry soap. But what I have run into is that the stores in this area don't carry some of the items in the recipe. So that means that I would have to order it on line. Which I don't want to do, just to see if it really works or not. I don't want to buy a large box of something that I may not like. So what I have started doing was sampling different things, just to see what really works and if it saved me money or not. I've seen alot of great ideas to whiten the whites or to freshen up the smelly. But I'll be honest, the only thing that I have found that saves me money and does the job well is Dawn Dish Soap. Believe it or not, it really does work very well. A large refill bottle is about .oo, and the bottle a little smaller than that one is .50. It's more concentrated than anyother soap that I know of, so you use less of it than reg. laundry soap. I use about 2 to 3 squirts around the wash tub per load. A large refill bottle last me 2 months. To me that is alot of savings. And my laundry comes out clean. Dawn Soap is good for cutting the grease, and it also gets out the stains. Just a drop or two on the stain, let set until the next load to be washed. You would be surprised at the results. I've been using Dawn for the past 6 months, and my laundry still comes out clean.

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    I use dawn to get grease out of my husband's and son's jeans and shirts from work.Bobbi -NE

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    I use Dawn to handwash things like my son's painted shirt from school. Never thought to use it in the washing machine, too.

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    This sounds great to me. Do you use anything else, just Dawn???? I know you said 2-3 squirts. Doesn't that suds up to much? I have never used Dawn in the wash. I don't have one of those trays to add liquid to the wash. Do I just add it to the clothes when I put them in or add it after the water has started to fill?

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    I make my own laundry soap and it works great on my kids clothes:
    1 bar of soap, Grated - I use Ivory
    bar of Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
    1 cup of Washing Soda
    of Borax

    Add 3 cups of water plus grated soap to pot and heat on low until dissolved
    In 5 gallon bucket, add 3 gallons of water, stir in Washing Soda and Borax until dissolved. Add soapy water from pot, stir, place lid on and wait 24 hours. Use to 1 cup in load.


    I get all my items at Publix!!

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    [QUOTE=khkristina;98590]I make my own laundry soap and it works great on my kids clothes:
    1 bar of soap, Grated - I use Ivory


    Do you think an antibacterial soap like Dial could be used? I always wash with cold water and use a dribble of Lysol, which is expensive. Sounds like I'm a germaphobic but I'm not. Hubby, for unknown reasons, is prone to boils. (sounds yucky, but only one every now and then) Docs don't know why. But Dial is the "only" soap that prevents outbreaks.

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    My mother uses dial, she likes the smell! You can use anything you have around the house, or find on sale. The Fels Naptha Soap is great for stains, that is way I add it.

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    I'm afraid to try new laundry soap (I get itchy rashes). Thanks for the tip but I think I'll stick to Tide.

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    These are some great ideas! Thanks!

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    I too have used Dawn Dish Soap in my laundry, and it works great. We have a real problem here where I live (NM) with hard water, that includes such deposits as.. Caliche.. which is a white powdery substance, that when it has been mixed with water, and then dried, can actually turn into a "cement" like substance. This causes the clothes to turn an ugly ugly gray color. Wish I knew how to combat that problem for sure. Geez...just imagine what it does to your skin and insides!!!

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    Geez...just imagine what it does to your skin and insides!!!
    Now that is a scary thought!!

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    I can't use Dawn. So many in my family are allergic to so many things. I have times that the only thing I can use to wash clothes and dishes is plain old baking soda! We work hard here on the farm and believe it or not soda works pretty good! Suey, I'm surprised you can use Tide! It was the 1st thing we had to give up- not just a rash, it ate holes in my 2yr olds skin clear down to the bone! And that was just from wearing clothes washed in Tide! I have been making our own soaps for a very long time. We have to be real careful and sometimes we can use gentle soaps and other times we can only use soda. At least baking soda is cheap! It's the base to most of our soaps and cleaners!

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    Runabout, I add my soap to the washer while the water is running in it, before I put in my clothes. You will have to see how much is the right amount for your laundry. Trial and error. It only took me about 3 loads to find the right amount for mine. Water is different everywhere, so it really depends on the water in your area. I don't really use anything else, sometimes I will use vinagar in the rinse cycle to help keep the drain lines clean and smelling fresh, and sometimes I use baking soda in with the wash cycle for my whites.

    I don't use softner in the rinse cycle, because I feel that I;m wasting my money doing that. So I have a gallon size ice cream container w/lid that I put my softner in, and then I put in sponges to soak. Then when I dry my clothes I wring out a sponge and throw it in with my clothes. When I take my clothes out of the dryer, then I put my sponge back in my container to reuse. I always buy the 2x softner, I put that plus fill it with water and add that also to my container. It fills it to the top, so that last me a very long time, and saves me even more money. But be sure to rinse your dryer screen often, like you would if you where useing dryer sheets, but these are reuseable ones. Hope this helps.

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