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Hi, I just wanted to add some info to this along with a recipe to make laundry soap that i picked up from the internet and tried and it works great. So here goes... Baking soda is also know as sodium bicarbonate, if you heat it in your oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes it cooks off the bi of the carbonate and becomes washing soda. So it is a washing agent that can be used safely around the house and even used in you shower/ bath as i do use it to clean myself with also but i just use strait baking soda with water and it works and feels great. So onto the laundry detergent.
You will need 1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
1 bar of ivory soap and 3 gal + 4c water
Boil 4 cups water with shaved up soap. Let simmer till melted
in 5gal bucket put 3 gal warm water, borax and washing soda,mix well now put in the melted soap from stove and stir. Let sit covered over night and there you have it laundry detergent. Simple and cheap about 1.25 For 4 gals wow!
I have to give credit to the simple dollar as that is where i got the recipe and I'm here to tell you your cloths never were so soft or fresh as using this stuff!
I knew about the vinegar to replace rinse aid but not about the baking soda (bi carb soda for Aussies). I tried the baking soda last night and it works wonderfully. Thanks Cheryl for this great idea. Commercial dishwashing powder has a lot of nasties in it that I won't be using anymore.
This looks both economical & environmentally friendly. I'll be giving it a try.
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