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Old 08-27-2012, 02:23 PM   #1
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Not sure if this should be here or in the recipe section!

My wife's cousins have been making their own detergent for quite a while now and I got interested in it. I have now made two batches and thought I would share as the first batch has worked out tremendously. It is super simple and very cheap to make. The ingredients you buy for the initial run will make 8-10 batches of two gallons each taking your price per load to pennies.

Put 1 gallon of water into the biggest pot you have (I bought a cheap 3 gallon from Wally world because you don't want to cook food in the pot after you have made soap....so I'm told) and add a bar of grated soap(any flavor). Cook to dissolve. Add one cup of borax and one cup of washing soda (arm and hammer-both can be found on the laundry isle). Bring to a boil-it will begin to coagulate. Turn off heat add a gallon of cold water. Stir well. Put into containers(we use old deteregent bottle or gallon milk jugs/juice jugs). Use 1/2 cup per load.

It doesn't get as sudzy as the brand soap, but seems to clean just as well. We still pre spot with shout or something if I have spilled some chilli on a shirt.
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:25 PM   #2
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does this work with HE machines?
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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not sure, but don't see why it wouldn't?!? Do you use regular liquid detergent in those now?
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:40 PM   #4
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I have a co worker that is onto this as well for the HE washers. He and his wife use a recipe that she found on the Pintrest or whatever that site is, lol.

That recipe will make 5 gallons at a time I think. They swear by it in their HE units. Initial startup price was like $12-14 for the first 5 gallons and now it is $1 per batch as the ingredients from initial purchase will make 8-10 batches of 5 gallons per run.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:51 PM   #5
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Do they make a scented soap? My wife always complains about the cost of detergent but she probably wouldn't like it if it doesn't smell just awesome.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:55 PM   #6
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My wife has been making this for our front load HE washer for the past 4 years. Our simple calculation is we have saved about $1600 dollars over the past 4 years, in laundry detergent. (Our machine runs pretty much all day with 5 people in the house)

Works great....and its almost scent free (to me anyway).
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:57 PM   #7
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good info, thanks!
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:00 PM   #8
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good info, thanks!
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:54 PM   #9
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Sounds interesting
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:04 PM   #10
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Do they make a scented soap? My wife always complains about the cost of detergent but she probably wouldn't like it if it doesn't smell just awesome.
whatever bar soap you use will give you the scent. It also changes the color! I would imagine if I used my green Irish spring it would look and smell like minty snot!
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:13 PM   #11
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I will have to try this. Laundry detergent is way too expensive!
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:23 AM   #12
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I made the dry recipe. Going to try it today.

2 cups Borax
2 cups laundry soda
2 cups oxy clean
1 bar Zote laudry soap shreded

use 1/2 table spoon for small load 1 table spoon for large load.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:40 AM   #13
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:18 AM   #14
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Purdy good ideas all the way around!! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:25 PM   #15
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I just made another patch that will late about 2-3 months (If I can stop giving it to the kids) took about 30 minute. works great and save a lot of money
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:39 PM   #16
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Very cool. May have to try it!
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:19 PM   #17
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I need to try this. Sounds like a great idea.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:37 PM   #18
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Good Idea; if I had the time I'd try it.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:33 PM   #19
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Im going to make a batch when mine runs out
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:44 PM   #20
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My wife has been making this for our front load HE washer for the past 4 years. Our simple calculation is we have saved about $1600 dollars over the past 4 years, in laundry detergent. (Our machine runs pretty much all day with 5 people in the house)

Works great....and its almost scent free (to me anyway).
Do you care to share the recipe you use for the He washer machine.......?
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:59 PM   #21
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Ditto. We use non-scented anyway...smell comes from the fabric softener. Would love the HE recipe as well. Thnx
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:10 PM   #22
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use non-scented soap(dove works for me) and you never have to worry whether your hunting clothes have any aroma, or any brighteners. go with the dry recipe. it is as good and much easier. it is the main thing i use my food processor. 2 months worth in less than 10 minutes.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:57 PM   #23
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If I understand correctly HE soap is just loan suds.

My washer is a HE washer and the soap works great.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:05 PM   #24
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I made some Sunday. Took about $12 and 10 minutes, and looks like I'll be able to make several more batches. Works great too.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:29 PM   #25
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Im going to try this. Laundry soap is so expensive these days
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:41 PM   #26
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Hmmmm. May give this one a shot. Wife will continue to think I'm crazy. I can tell her I saved enough money to buy another gun.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:59 PM   #27
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how to do you the zote soap shredded that small?

Edit: never mind...figured out to use the old food processor that's in the cabinet and hasn't seen the light of day in years....now it has a new purpose...mixing laundry soap!

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Old 03-21-2013, 11:40 PM   #28
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I made the dry recipe. Going to try it today.

2 cups Borax
2 cups laundry soda
2 cups oxy clean
1 bar Zote laudry soap shreded

use 1/2 table spoon for small load 1 table spoon for large load.
Gonna make some tonight
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:13 AM   #29
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Great idea. Laundry detergent is way too expensive.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:26 AM   #30
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How did it work.. Did you put it thru a food processor to make those zote flakes smaller.
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:38 AM   #31
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How did it work.. Did you put it thru a food processor to make those zote flakes smaller.
This stuff rocks! My wife likes it and it i lasting a long time. I put the Zote flakes in the food processor to turn them into a powder. I use the 2 cup formula and I have a tone of the products to make more if needed. I am thinking we will get 4x the use out of this for the price of a commercial bottle.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:06 PM   #32
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Pretty fantastic idea, I love saving money and doing something not so ordinary.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:52 PM   #33
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My wife is making the dry detergent. She adds Fabric softner beads for scent. It works great.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:42 PM   #34
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tried making both wet and dry versions about a month ago. I liked the dry version. much easier and faster to make, especially if you use food processor. my wife likes the wet version better. she cant stand the smell of the zote soap. says it reminds her of cleaning products like ajax, mr clean or something i guess.

both have worked very well. i havent seen any stains left behind by either
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:20 PM   #35
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Wife and I made the liquid. Works great in the HE washers or regular.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:45 PM   #36
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Definitely gonna have to try this.. Thanks for posting
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:30 PM   #37
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Just made another batch of this stuff
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:32 PM   #38
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bet it is better on the septic too!
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:31 AM   #40
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:08 AM   #41
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:10 AM   #42
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ill show this to my wife
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:33 AM   #43
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Gotta try this for sure!
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:22 PM   #44
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Great idea
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:44 PM   #45
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My parents and my wife all thought i was nuts trying this one last year. we've all been using it since. I would recommend using the Fels Naptha brand soap over the Zote brand. It has a citrus smell that my wife likes alot better than the chemical smell Zote has. The bars can be found online, or we found them local at Ace Hardware.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:20 AM   #46
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Will have to give this a try. I'm interested in the liquid soap as mentioned above.
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:33 PM   #47
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up.

I still make this stuff.. Works great
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Thanks for posting!!!!
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As a suggestion regarding using a food processor to chop up the Zote, you can cube the bar up and put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes (length of time depends on microwave). The cubes will bubble up into a big pink blob. Remove from microwave and let it cool off completely then the "blob" will crumble into a fine powder. A word of caution.....only nuke about half of the bar at a time and it gets VERY hot. When the soap is getting nuked it gets pretty big!
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I still make it also.
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