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Date: 5/31/13 5:48 PM

I have been making my detergent with white granulated soap and wondering how well mixed I was getting it. This time I have yellow soap that I grated by hand and I see it is indeed not very homogeneous. (Wow! No spell check - I got it right!) I tried the blender but it did not seem to want to blend - too dry I guess. Food processor? Other technique? Just leave it as is since it seemed to work fine when I didn't know it wasn't 100% perfectly mixed?

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Date: 5/31/13 5:53 PM

I make this same recipe for my laundry soap, too. Let that bar of yellow soap stay out for a few days, after you've cut up small cubes of it, and then whizz it in the blender.

I've grated it too, using a large hole on my hand grater. That seems to work as it doesn't try my patience. And when I'm in a rush and can't leave it out, that's the method I use.

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Date: 5/31/13 7:15 PM

Thanks Miss F. The grating was easy. It is the fact that I see some scoops will have more soap and less of the other ingredients that is sort of bothering me.

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Date: 5/31/13 8:33 PM

LOL Since when have you been in my head?? I too was thinking the same thing, but then realized "It all comes out in the wash", pun intended. It still gets pretty clean anyway.

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Date: 5/31/13 11:48 PM

Why do you make your own laundry detergent?

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Date: 6/1/13 10:14 AM

What do you put in your laundry soap?

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Date: 6/1/13 11:09 AM

PattiAnn and Andi - I had seen several people who make their own here and my DD got into the idea, as well. I have always been a bit of a DIY person but was frankly skeptical about this stuff being any good. But I had a bag of soap powder kicking around and decided to give it a try. It is extremely simple to make, especially if you stick with the powdered version and don't make the liquid one, and seems to work exceptionally well. Once a month or so I feel a need to toss a scoop of Oxiclean into a load, but that is very, very rare and usually involves something nasty DH puts in the wash.

Recipe

Oh - and it is seriously cheap! There is a cost breakdown on the web page.
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Date: 6/1/13 1:17 PM

I make the liquid variety that I use in a front loading washer. You have to melt down the yellow soap in the recipe and it does take some time for it to melt down. It's stubborness in melting makes me hesitant to use the dry recipe. I have a teenage son that plays sports and I need for the detergent to work. I've been very happy with it but the dry recipe would be easier to make. Has anyone tried both recipes?

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Date: 6/1/13 1:19 PM

I've been making the liquid type for about a year & I love it! It cleans as well (or better) than any I've ever bought. I like the clean soap smell rather than all the scents added to the commercial ones. And it's soooooo cheap!

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Date: 6/1/13 2:37 PM

Jacqui - I decided to just go with the powder and if it didn't work, I could always do the melting thing afterwards. so far I haven't needed to, but I do use warm water for most of my washing and hot on sheets etc.

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