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Dry Laundry Soap for Twenty Dollars a Year


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Buy these ingredients at the dollar store. You will only need 2 tablespoons per load of laundry.

Materials

  • 3 bars of Fels Naptha soap
  • 1 box of borax
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  • 1 box of washing soda
  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • 1 1/3 lbs of Oxiclean

Instructions

First grate your soap, then mix all ingredients together. I used two garbage bags doubled up. Tie well and shake all your ingredients around a few times. Put into a container with a lid.

You can add 1-2 containers of fabric softener crystals into the mix for a nice smell.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

A box of baking soda and borax.
 

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October 21, 20120 found this helpful
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My first load was tried on my son's clothes. He works at a fast food resteraunt. Not only are the clothes clean but no fast food smell.

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even his stinky socks are clean. Thank you so much for sharing

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January 8, 20150 found this helpful
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This is the same recipe that I use but add essential oils for the smell! Love this!
By the way, the washing soda is found in the same section as laundry soaps in larger stores. The washing soda box will have other ways to use it around your home.

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August 23, 20120 found this helpful

I might have to try this. There are less ingredients to screw up my septic system.

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October 4, 20120 found this helpful

What size of Oxyclean do you use?? You just say 2 containers.

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January 7, 20150 found this helpful

Is that regular baking soda in the box. I have never heard of washing soda. Also does it work with the front loader HE detergent washers?

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January 3, 20200 found this helpful

Washing soda is BORAX found in the laundry det. isle in most stores.

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January 8, 20150 found this helpful

Again, what size container of Oxyclean? Would love to try this but want to make it right.

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August 23, 20210 found this helpful

It states 1 and 1/3 pounds of Oxyclean in the recipe

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January 8, 20150 found this helpful

Would like to know what size of Oxiclean?

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January 14, 20150 found this helpful

This sounds like a good recipe but the question about how much Oxiclean to use has never been answered and since this was originally posted in 2012?

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Maybe someone who has tried making this could post their recipe and include how much Oxiclean they used?

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January 19, 20151 found this helpful

Super washing soda 3lb 7 oz; Borax 4lb 12oz; pure baking soda 4lb; Oxy-Clean 1.3lb; 3 bars soap (I used Ivory) & I used Downey 28 oz crystals.

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March 17, 20170 found this helpful

I was making this for a while. But I wash in a mini washer. I don't know if it will melt down the soap. I will buy the borax just in case. I don't wash a lot so I use gain.

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But a year worth of soap would be better. I made this in one afternoon. I just have no idea where to find a container that big for my small unit to store.

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January 6, 20190 found this helpful

I just buy powdered detergent. Its very cheap. I mix a couple of tablespoons in an bottle, add water and shake. Still have more than half box left after 2 years.

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Anonymous
January 8, 20190 found this helpful

Oxiclean? washing soap? where do you get these items????

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January 9, 20190 found this helpful

I can get those at my local Fred Meyer store. Oxiclean is in nearly every supermarket and washing soda should be available at any large store too. If you can't find them in your local area, you can also order them on Amazon.

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June 17, 20190 found this helpful

I have never heard of washing soda before. Who makes it?

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June 19, 20190 found this helpful

Arm and Hammer makes it, the same company that makes baking soda. You should be able to find it in the laundry aisle of any larger supermarket.

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January 3, 20200 found this helpful

I hate grating the soap bars and no longer have a blender to "grate" the bars. I just put it in the microwave for about 3 minutes on high - it puffs up and is VERY easy to just crumble into your dry ingredients.

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BE SURE TO LET IT COOL at least 30-45 minutes tho - it is VERY hot in the center. Just crumble with your fingers into the mix you have made! Easy peasy!

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January 3, 20200 found this helpful

Sorry, washing soda is plain old baking
soda by Arm and Hammer. NOT Borax. ***

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January 5, 20200 found this helpful

Baking soda and washing soda are slightly different. You can make washing soda at home by putting baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in the oven for about an hour at 400 degrees. It releases steam and carbon dioxide and becomes sodium carbonate.

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You should also be able to buy it in the laundry aisle of any big box store.

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