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Homemade Laundry Detergent Results

I’ve now washed several loads of laundry using the batch of homemade detergent I made.  (If you would like to see the recipe, go here.) Results are in!  (Drumroll, please!) 🙂 It’s worked great for coloreds and did fairly well on some very dirty jeans, but when I did a load of whites it didn’t work so well.  I picked the dirtiest sock I could find.  Now this sock is not representative of how they always look – sometimes they’re worse! What I did for this load of whites was to use 1/2 cup of homemade detergent and 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Before the wash. AFTER the 1st wash – not so good.  The dirt is still there. For the 2nd wash I…

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

A few years ago I tried making my own dishwasher detergent.  It was a dismal failure but apparently I was using a wrong ingredient.  The recipe called for soda and so I used baking soda.  That was very wrong.  I needed Washing Soda.  I have not tried it again but this week, after talking with a friend who makes her own and after the topic came up on the soap forum I belong to, I did get inspired to make my own laundry detergent. I really do dislike all the perfumes in regular detergent; they are just too strong smelling making my nose twitch. 🙂 I used Fels-Naptha in my laundry detergent this time but I would like to try using my own homemade soap.  Fels-Naptha…

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