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Make Your Own Laundry Soap With Dish Soap

Diluted dish soap is used by many people in place of laundry detergent. This is a guide about how to make your own laundry soap with dish soap.


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May 20, 2004 Flag

I use Ajax, Dawn or Joy dish soap to wash my clothes. It's cheaper than Tide. Mix it 7 to 1 (Water to dish soap) in your empty laundry detergent bottle. I use the bottle cap to measure just like the Tide.


I also fill my Downey ball about half full of white vinegar and toss that in. It removes soap build up and softens too. For whites I use 1/2 cup of All Fabric Bleach from the Dollar Store. Really thrifty and it doesn't bother my husbands sensitive skin.

By K

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May 17, 20090 found this helpful
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After reading a lot of recipes for saving of laundry soap, I like this idea the best. No harsh chemicals to mess with, no soap shavings to burn my lungs, yet still a great way to save. My husband works in a factory and has greasy clothes, I think the dawn will work GREAT for us. I'm going to try this and the vinegar idea in the downy ball too. Thank you so much!

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June 27, 2010 Flag

I think I recently saw a recipe (I thought that it was on ThriftyFun, not sure though) for homemade laundry detergent using liquid dishwashing soap. Does anyone have it? Thank you.


By WendyD from Palm Springs, CA

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September 6, 20130 found this helpful
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1 Tablespoon of Dawn for your everyday wash

1 Tablespoon Ivory of your delicates

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June 27, 20100 found this helpful

Use the "Find" link at the top of this website.

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June 29, 20100 found this helpful

I have washed many loads of clothes with only dish soap, and they turn out great! I just put a few squirts in the water until it gets all sudsy. It works great!


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