Laundry Tips

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I've started saving money by making my own laundry detergent and fabric softener. It's easy to make and it cost about $2 for a Liter pail.

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Danielle - posted on 07/31/2010

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We also use homemade soap and you can add oil essence such as lemon, orange, lilac,ect for scent. You can also make your own dryer sheets by taking an old washcloth,and misting with vinegar and essential oil mix (1 pt of vinegar and 5 drops of oil). It lasts about 5 washes, then wash and reapply. This takes care of static cling and scent that dryer sheets provide.

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Crystal - posted on 08/07/2010

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i love the bounce bar i have been using it since it came out i always forgot to put the dryer sheets in now i dont have to remember to do it until it says replace

Jackie - posted on 08/05/2010

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Do those bounce bars actually work? I've thought about using them but theyre so expensive and I hate buying things that cost that much without knowing if they actually work.

Crystal - posted on 08/02/2010

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u can use fabric softer with the wash rag for dryer sheets too but danielle going ot try the way u posted for dryer sheets when i am done with my bounce bar

Crystal - posted on 07/30/2010

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u use whatever u like if u want too i use dove sensitive skin since my daughter and i am allergic to most other soaps

Crystal - posted on 07/29/2010

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mary u have the same recipe i have and i made it and use it if yall want to know a website to learn to make alot of ur stuff u type in whatever u want to learn like cleaner for ur house, wood polish, window cleaner , and they have one for ur dishwasher also i am starting ot make my on homemade stuff its healther and no chemicals

http://www.about.com/

Mary - posted on 07/28/2010

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Combine 1/2 cup borax, 1/2 cup washing soda and 1 cup grated soap flakes . Stir to combine. Use 2-3 tablespoons per regular load of laundry

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1 cup washing soda (I use Arm & Hammer)
1/2 cup borax (I use 20 Mule Team)
1 bar soap (I use whatever’s cheap, in this case Pure & Natural)
Approximately 3 gallons water
You’ll also need a container of some sort to store this in (I use a five gallon bucket with a lid), something to stir it (I use a large wooden spoon), another pot to boil soapy water in (I use the pot in the picture), and something to cut up the soap (I use the box grater in the picture).
First thing, put about four cups of water into the pan and put it on the stove on high until it’s at boiling, then lower the heat until it’s simmering.
While it’s heating up, take a bar of soap and cut it up into little bits. I found a lot of success using our box grater, which resulted in a ton of little soap curls.
When the water is boiling, start throwing in the soap. I recommend just doing a bit at a time, then stirring it until it’s dissolved.
Stir the soapy water with a spoon until all of the soap is dissolved. Eventually, the water will take on the color of the soap you added, albeit paler.
Next, get out your large container and add three gallons of warm tap water to it.
To this bucket add a cup of the washing soda and the soap solution you made and stir. The borax is optional – some people say that it’s too harsh, but I’ve always found that it did a good job getting clothes clean and fresh smelling, so I recommend adding a half cup of borax to the mix.
After stirring, you’ll have a bucket full of vaguely soapy water:

I found these online. i am not sure if they will work well in a front loader might make to much suds

Krysta - posted on 07/27/2010

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I did this also for over a year! I found that the laundry detergent doesn't get the clothes as clean as Tide but its super cheap! You can look up the exact recipe online ladies!

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