• Kristin

    posted on July 24, 2013 at 7:21 am

    I make our detergent homemade as well. I found a recipe on pinterest that has helped me since early May. With a family of 6, we do a lot of laundry. I am just now making my next batch today. This is very similar to yours, but concentrated, so goes a lot further. I also never have buildup in the machine, or on clothes. Hope this link helps:-)

    http://www.budget101.com/myo-household-items/whipped-cream-super-laundry-soap-3993.htm

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kristin, Thanks for sharing your link, Kristin! I will check it out.

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  • Tonya

    posted on July 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for a couple of years now. Instead of Fels Naptha however, I use Zote laundry soap. It has an optical brightener in it an my clothes do not get the gray tinging. You can typically find Zote in dollar stores. It comes in two sizes, and two colors (scents).

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    Amy Reply:

    @Tonya, So, my understanding is that when you wash cloth diapers you shouldn’t use optical brighteners because they cling to the fabric and will eventually cause buildup and odor. But, it would be great for whites. I don’t like dingy whites at all.

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    Tonya Reply:

    Sorry, should have mentioned I’m out of the diaper stage. I did start out on the Fels Naptha. That’s when I noticed the graying. I have an HE washing machine. My recipe is 2/3 cup Borax, 2/3 cup Washing Soda, 1 Large Bar or 2 Small Bars Zote (I like the Pink bar)

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  • JoAnn

    posted on July 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I have been using this recipe for two years and love it. However, I would not be using Fels Naptha on my childs diapers…have you read the label? I use Dr. Bronners bar and they have one that is unscented.

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    Amy Reply:

    @JoAnn, Yep, I read the label. I know Fles Naptha had issues years ago but they changed the formula. It’s a laundry soap, not a bathing soap, and that’s what they’re referring to on the label. I use it all of the time to rub directly on stains and it never causes issues with my skin. It does say ‘fragrance’ but I can’t smell anything when it comes out of the wash – I can’t handle those laundry fragrances! Nate’s skin is fabulous with this formula. If that changes, I’ll look into Dr. Bronners. Glad it works for you!

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    Anna@GreenTalk Reply:

    @Amy, if the package says fragrance is an ingredient, I wouldn’t use it. The ingredient fragrance is not regulated and could contain any number of 3000 chemicals including phthalates.

    Here is another recipe that is borax free since there is controversy over borax as being a okay to use.

    http://thankyourbody.com/diy-borax-free-laundry-detergent/

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  • christine

    posted on July 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I use organic soap nuts – they’re the seed pods of a tropical tree and contain natural saponin. 5 “nuts” in a calico bag, which you get with the nuts, can be used 5 times, then you simply add the nuts to your compost heap. Quite economical, and they work:)

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    Amy Reply:

    @christine, I have heard about soap nuts. You’re awesome with your compost heap! I tried that years ago and didn’t have a great place to put it. We’re in Dallas and it got infested with fire ants. No more composting for me. At least for now.

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    Anna@GreenTalk Reply:

    @Amy, I use soap nuts too. You could just throw them outside when you are done with them. You can also make liquid soap with them as well.

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  • KatieC

    posted on July 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    <3 love you, mama!!

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    Amy Reply:

    @KatieC, Love you too! Can’t wait to take pics of the new littles together. We should get a belly shot together too if we get the chance. We’re cutting it close…

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  • Nana April

    posted on July 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Amy, I am very chemical sensitive. I love this recipe and I think it would be very safe for Nate and New baby Green. I love that it takes the smells out of hubby’s work clothes. And believe me they stink! As for whitener (It has bee almost 30 yrs since my last one was in diapers) mom had me use bluing a couple of times then she said lemon juice in the rinse and hang in the sunshine to dry then pop in dryer to soften. My oldest had to wear double cloth diapers due to being so big when born his hips weren’t right. They said double diapers or a brace. I chose the diapers and it worked just fine.

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  • Brendab

    posted on July 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I just made the soap and am pleased with how my clothes came out but some soap remained in the dispenser and it was rock hard. I did a second load and more small hard chunks in the dispenser. Has this happened to anyone else and how do I prevent it from happening ?

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    Tonya Reply:

    That happened to my first batch. Be careful, my machine couldn’t drain properly and water went everywhere! I simply pulsed the “detergent” a little longer in the food processor to get a finer powder and now everything works perfectly.

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  • Miachel (Spiced Curiosity)

    posted on July 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    What a nifty idea. Thanks for sharing – pinning for later!

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