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Can You Really Make Homemade Laundry Detergent?

Updated on November 15, 2016
Washing clothes is an important task, but it doesn't have to be expensive.
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Don’t Laugh! :) How Well Homemade Laundry Detergent Works Will Surprise You!


Accidentally coming across information about making homemade laundry detergent caused me to take some time for research and do some thinking before deciding to give it a go.


One of the most interesting lessons that came from experimenting with making my own laundry soap is that it actually is cost-effective. The small effort it takes to learn to make one's own detergent is surprisingly worth it.


Although the conclusions of my experiments are satisfactory, I'm still planning to refine the recipe. I hope to post new results with optional recipes in a future hub.


On this end of my experimentation as I'm getting ready to post this hub, it’s very funny to me that the article I read was overly critical of making laundry detergent at home!



Main Ingredients for the Recipe

Melting the Zote
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Ingredients for saving money in the laundry room!
Ingredients for saving money in the laundry room! | Source
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Making Homemade Laundry Detergent: There are Projects, then there are Projects!

In the beginning, though, I remembered that projects sometimes claim to be easy when in fact they turn out to be beyond me, particularly if chemistry is involved. This could be dangerous in my hands.

Besides that, I did not want to ruin my clothes by making a dreadful mistake, nor waste any time rewashing clothes that did not come clean the first time. Laundry is not a fun chore, even in my lilly pad green laundry room.

Mind you, I am thankful for the conveniences of my laundry room for I surely am not wanting to plop a basket of dirty clothes on my head and trot down to one of the creeks on either end of our street. Nor would I ever be in the mood to wash them by hand on my knees, inviting moccasins to bite my nose. I am thoroughly thankful, yes’siree ma’am.

Recipes for Homemade Laundry Soap!

But, homemade laundry detergent? I could waste a lot more than my time if what I read was not true so there was only one thing to do--research the topic. Unlike laundry, research is something I relish. Tracking down the truth, testing the waters, getting others’ opinions. Now that’s fun stuff.

I read several different detergent recipes, and several blogs about making and using it. The recipe I decided to try had options on some of the ingredients, one being the bar soap that was to be melted down.

A strange-to-me product called Zote was mentioned, pink Zote to be exact. I had never heard of Zote before, not pink, green, or any other color. I didn’t even do any research on it because I thought it must be from Mars and I would never see it in real life. I simply decided to go with one of the other bars.


You Can Make Laundry Detergent!

Although I knew I could find one of the other bar soaps in a blink, the two other main ingredients, Washing Soda and Borax, proved not so easy to find. An online search showed that I could pick these up at an Ace Hardware, but when would I ever get to one of those stores?

Then one day my husband called to announce that he had found them at a Publix located across town. Go figure, we were using cell phones to talk about making homemade laundry detergent.

Then, there I am shopping in a local Big Lot’s store and I come across Zote. Pink Zote, no less! There were no other colors, only pink. I just stood there looking at it for a few minutes as if it were an alien, only recovering when I realized I was talking out loud to myself. “Well, how about that...here it is...it’s a real product...etc.” I grabbed one bar and fled the scene.

The recipe was not hard to make. It was a little time consuming, but interesting, and now that I’ve done it once I’m looking forward to doing it again. In the end, I wound up with a 5 gallon bucket of laundry soap that was to be dispensed into other containers to their half-way mark, each then to be finished off with water. The total would produce 10 gallons of laundry soap.

In the process of my first experiment I learned something important about storing the detergent. After saving a few large store-bought laundry detergent containers and then filling one with the recipe according to directions, I found that the home made product needs to be well shaken before each use. It did not take long for me to realize that I only wanted to store my detergent in 1 gallon containers that have a tight lid.


So That's What Laundry Detergent Does!

How Would Making Homemade Laundry Detergent Add Up?

Cheap laundry detergent starts at about 60 cents per load and prices quickly go upward from there. This homemade soap is supposed to run about 7 cents per load. No, I have not figured mine up exactly, but I can tell you that it is a huge savings. This detergent is also easier on the environment because containers are being reused and it works as well if not better than the store brands.

Just to make certain it worked like the reports promised I tried it out before giving 4 friends bottles of the stuff to use. They were incredulous, but willing to take my word and give it a try. I told them I would be writing about their experience with this recipe and that I would be trying other recipes for them to experiment with. Thanks bunches, A., K., J., and M.!

My friends were all about the questions I’ve tried to answer here and they additionally wanted to know if the homemade detergent was safe for HE machines. Good thing it is safe for those machines because I had not considered that issue! (The concern re HE machines is whether the detergent suds, but manufacturers want us to believe that the issues with HE machines’ need for the special detergents are profound and costly.)

So, the friend that I thought would be the toughest sell called to say she loved using it, loved the smell, and said that she wanted to make her own big batch. I asked her to just help me use this up and let me experiment with my other recipe ideas before we decide on which one we like best.

Then I heard from the first friend I gave it to and she was more than willing to let me refill her bottle. The third friend liked it fine--she has a lot on her mind and did not elaborate, but she was happy to get a refill. The last friend I heard from mentioned that their clothes were softer for having used this home made laundry detergent. They all laughed at first, but are now hooked on this new “product.”

My homemade laundry detergent does not contain the harmful-for-the-environment "stuff and such" and, as mentioned, it is safe for HE machines. It really is easy to make and inexpensive. I am looking forward to trying out adaptations of this recipe and I plan to write hubs about them, but I’m going ahead and offering you this introductory recipe today:

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

You'll need:

• 5 gallon bucket with lid

• 1 bar of Pink Zote

• 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)

• 1/2 cup of Borax

• Several drops of lavender essential oil

• Several smaller containers with tight lids to divide the mixture for ease in storing and using your product

• A medium-large funnel (the top opening on mine is about 8 inches)

Laundry Is Fun?!

What to Do:

First, grate or chop the bar of Zote and melt it down in 4 cups of hot water using a medium-large pot of water set on low heat. The smaller the particles the quicker it will melt down.

Fill the 5 gallon bucket halfway with hot water (not boiling). Stir in the melted Zote, several drops of lavender essential oil (start with 7 to test how much scent you want to use--I will be adding 14 next time), the Borax, and the Washing Soda.

Fill the bucket with more hot tap water and stir well. Let sit overnight to thicken.

DId you know you could make your own laundry detergent before reading this hub?

See results

The next day, stir the thickened detergent again, combining the thickest top layer with the thinner bottom layer. The top layer will be viscous and will likely need to be broken up a bit as you begin to mix it with the bottom layer.

Then fill your smaller containers half full with the detergent using the funnel. Fill the remainder with warm water, cap tightly and shake to mix thoroughly. There will be some sudsing in this process, but I have not seen suds in my washer when using this detergent.

Shake storage containers before each use. Use 1/2 cup of your homemade laundry detergent per average load. This recipe will provide you with 10 gallons of laundry detergent.


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Who's Doing Laundry Today?

More About Using Homemade Laundry Detergent:

• If you try this recipe, let me know how you like it.


• If you write about your experience with it, let me know so I can link it to this hub.

• If you use homemade laundry detergent, share the news with your friends.


• Look for a new homemade laundry detergent recipe coming soon--I have some ideas to develop.


• Enjoy your savings on laundry detergent and check out my hub on making homemade fabric softener for HE machines!


• Try White Brite when whites become dingy or when they have an impossible stain.


AAPCC on Laundry Detergent Packets

What do You Think now that You Know About Homemade Laundry Detergent?

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    • RTalloni profile image
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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      chinared:

      Thanks again for stopping by here and I do hope you and your clothes do well with the homemade laundry soap!

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      Just call me, Rick 4 years ago from Asia, and all over

      haha... you're right, in the real world there's a big difference in conveniences. Still, I gonna try your magic potion out. Wish me luck, or my clothes that is. Thanks again for the nice hub. Voted thumbs up, interesting and useful.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      chinared:

      That was a great discovery for you, though I do think that for living day-to-day in the real world I want something more than just vinegar for cleaning my clothes. Sailing, however, would not only require a different clothes washing method, it would be a joy to not need other ingredients!

      Thanks for the reminder that mixing bleach with vinegar is a toxic medley that sings a dirge at the meet and greet.

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      Just call me, Rick 4 years ago from Asia, and all over

      Your hub caught my eye and made me remember sailing with friends. They simply added some table spoons of vinegar to water and washed their clothes. I thought for sure I'd smell like vinegar, but surprisingly enough, they were clean and with no odor.

      Don't mix bleach with vinegar and water though, it will release a toxic chlorine gas that will kill you. Just a thought. Good hub, thank you .

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      beckieland:

      Thanks much for adding your confirming input here.

      Re other natural cleaners, learning about how vinegar can be used around the house has been interesting. While I do not find that it kills weeds very well, I am glad to be using it as a cleaner.

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      Rebecca Mayglothling 4 years ago from Binghamton NY

      I've been using this for a while and saving a TON of money! What other natural cleaners do you use?

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      ytsenoh:

      These recipes do indeed last a long time. Thanks for checking this hub and leaving your feedback!

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      This is a great productive hub. We have homemade laundry detergent that uses less and will last for months, but it's made with a different method. Thanks for sharing this valuable subject!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much. It's been interesting to read up on and experiment with laundry soap recipes. I have definitely switched from Zote to Ivory soap, and have added a box of Baking Soda to my current recipe. When my latest batch is gone--which will take a while!--I will be trying out this dry/powdered recipe:

      http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/2012/08/no-grate-...

      Thanks for stopping in with your comment. There are lots of reasons to keep this topic highlighted. I'm surprised at the number of people who still don't know that homemade laundry detergent really is a possibility, and a smart one at that. :)

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      great article!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      snakeslane:

      No oops, I'm glad for the running report for it may help others who doubt the recipe--I know I did at first!

      Am glad to read that you also find it to be a good all-purpose cleaner. The concentration allows me to mix up strengths that work for different purposes. There's enough to keep us busy for a while, yes? :-)

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Oops, I didn't see my comment, thought I for4got to post Yes it is a huge amount of soap. I'm using it for everything, walls, floors, sinks, dishes, whatever lol.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      snakeslane:

      Hi there! The laundry soap worked fine in cold water so you should get good use out of your 10 gallons. I'm glad to know that the recipe worked out with Sunlight because someone else asked about that, but no, I did not know that news on baking soda. Thanks for tipping me off, will try to read up on it soon.

      Leaving your batch in a bucket would be fine, but putting it in smaller containers makes it easier to handle. You might try giving small containers to friends and asking them to evaluate it for you/us. Thanks so much for reporting on your experiment here!

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Good morning RT, Boy did this ever thicken up! It is the consistency of pudding. I'm washing with it now...That's a lot of soap, trying to find enough containers. I may leave some in a bucket (with a lid).

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi RT I made this today with Sunlight soap. It is thickening now. Thanks again.

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      Verlie Burroughs 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi RT, I made this laundry soap today with a few adjustments. It is 'thickening' now. Do you know if it works in cold water? I sure hope so as I will have ten gallons! I didn't have washing soda, but I looked online and discovered that if you cook (bake) baking soda you end up with washing soda. Did you know that? I hope it works, it took a very long time to 'cook' and kind of hard to tell when it's 'done'. Thanks again.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      nighthag:

      Thanks very much for stopping in to check out my experience with homemade laundry detergent. To have recipes for homemade "products" is to be ready when store bought products are unavailable so I also enjoy learning about them. Hope you have good success with this one!

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

      how I love coming across new ideas for homemade cleaning products,

      thanks for this recipe I look forward to trying it in the next few weeks :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Deerwhisperer:

      Thanks so much for all of your input here. I am sure there are other oils that could be used, but if the oil has any tint to it, I would not use it.

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      Brenda Krupnow 5 years ago from Bradenton, Florida

      A friend of mine uses the same recipe, but says she substitutes regular bar soap like Ivory or something gentle, for the zote. She says it works just as well. I'm going to try yours though, but I need to ask if any fragrant oil will work, or does it have to be lavender? Great hub. I voted up, awesome, funny, useful, and shared. I'm also looking forward to seeing what else you come up with.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      It's not for everyone, but it makes a huge amount for the savings. The comments for this hub might be helpful to you. Thanks for stopping in with your input!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This seems somewhat involved -- will it actually save you money over laundry soap at the supermarket? I try to buy them only when they're on sale. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      jpcmc:

      It is interesting to learn about your entrepreneurial work with laundry products in the Philippines! Thanks for adding the info to this discussion. I hope you are soon able to begin the business you are looking to start and that it does well for you and your family. So appreciate your visit to this and my fabric softener hub!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      During my high school days we used to make detergent, fabric softner (I'll be reading your hub on this in a bit), candles, bath soaps etc. Many small scale industries and "backyard industries in the Philippines are going into these products. They are easy to make and easy to sell. I'm thinking of cashing in on these products as well.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Hi Kathie,

      Thanks kindly for checking this hub out. those are all good reasons to make your own laundry detergent. I have not experienced any fading or other problems with this detergent. I have read that some people have problems with dinginess from using homemade laundry soaps, but I do not know what recipes or what kind of water they were dealing with. When I wash something particularly delicate I will still use something like Woolite, but that is not often, maybe once or twice a year. You might find the above comments from other readers helpful. Hope you have good success with making and using your own laundry products!

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      Kathie 5 years ago

      Hi there, I have a question for you. I've been wanting to try making my own detergent not only because it's cheaper, but also because I want to eliminate as many chemicals used in household products that I am using. My question is how does this homemade detergent affect the clothing, does it fade it any or cause any extra wear and tear on it after using it for awhile? I just wondered whether it's gentle or harsh on fabric. thanks!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      diamond1mo:

      Thanks much. Appreciate that you stopped by with your comments on this laundry project!

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      KE Morgan 5 years ago from Arizona

      Very inspiring! I enjoyed your courage to try new things, the urge to be self reliant, and your humour! I remember the 20 Mule Team Borax as very good in hard water!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Ruchira:

      I'm so glad you are researching using the ingredients in this recipe! That is how you will find out what works best with your water source and other resources.

      Appreciate your visit and input very much--thanks!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Moe:

      Indeed, it's very doable. I'm still looking forward to time for working on another recipe, but we're still liking this one.

      I've not used it on my Baggallini, but now that you mention it, I might need to try that! I love my Bagg and would be careful washing it, yet I wouldn't hesitate to use this laundry detergent on it. A mild solution in a delicate soak/cycle will probably describe my attempt. I would use a lingerie bag.

      Hope you get to give this homemade laundry detergent a try sometime. Thanks for checking it out and letting me hear from you!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow...I had no clue that pink zote was so good. I googled it to findout more about it.

      I have bookmarked this and will try to make this detergent. Thanks for the enlightening hub, RTalloni :)

      voted up and sharing it across!

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      Moe 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great information. I am always on the lookout to save some extra money. This looks totally doable! Does this homemade detergent affect handbags and shoes in a different way than normal detergent. I have this Baggallini around town bag that I really need to wash and was wondering how this homemade detergent might affect it. Thanks!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      snakeslane:

      Love that edit option! :) Looking forward to hearing about your laundry project.

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Looks good to me, guess I missed that too. Takes a lot of proof reading to catch every typo. Will let you know how the laundry detergent turns out, yes.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      snakeslane:

      Hi! I looked up the Sunlight product again and am even more impressed with my second look. It seems like a smart choice and I hope to try it myself. I've not been able to do more work on the laundry product recipes yet but I'm going to try to get this Sunlight to use when I do get to it.

      Would love to hear about your use of it. If you write a hub on Sunlight please let me know so I can link it here.

      Thanks much for stopping in again and commenting for I needed to SEE the mistakes in my opening capsule! Sometimes I wonder where my brain wanders off to. I could tell myself that I made corrections but that they didn't stick, however, even if I could get by with that I know it's my responsibility to double check that they did stick! Stupid mistakes tempt me to give up--but I need to keep learning! Your visit is doubly appreciated! :)

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 years ago from Canada

      Hello again RTalloni, haven't made the laundry soap yet, but have all the ingredients (that's a start). Thanks so much for reply to my earlier question: could I use a bar of Sunlight soap in place of Zote (Yes!).

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      ArmySweetPea:

      There are any number of reasons why laundry becomes dingy. From a washing machine that isn't working properly to washing extremely dirty clothes with regular laundry. i'm not at all certain that homemade laundry detergent would be the cause if the recipe is used correctly. I've not had that problem.

      The web has several laundry detergent recipes floating around out there and my guess is that they are generally all okay, but I would do just what you are doing here and check on/compare any I was thinking of using. Factors like the type water your region has, as well as how dirty your laundry usually is play into what detergent will work best for your circumstances.

      My plans to continue experimenting with recipes were interrupted by life but I do hope to get back to tweaking recipes soon. You might like to do some experimenting with recipes to find exactly what works best for you. It looks to me like the recipe you have in your comment makes a smaller amount of liquid laundry soap than the one in this hub and that would explain some of the differences in the ingredient amounts.

      Thanks much for stopping in with your comment. I appreciate the nudge to think this recipe through again. :)

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      ArmySweetPea 5 years ago

      I have been told that over time homemade detergent makes clothing look dingy. How would homemade laundry soap make clothing dingy? Have you had that experience with homemade laundry soap? I found a recipe similar to the one you provided. I am trying to figure out which recipe is more accurate. Could you explain the difference?

      Recipe:

      1/3 of a Pink Zote Soap Bar

      1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

      1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

      3 qt Sauce Pan

      Cheese Grater

      2 empty gallon size (or larger) milk jug or liquid laundry soap bottle

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      nifwlseirff:

      You should be able to order Zote online, but either way, I hope you'll be able to use the borax for the hard water situation. Thank you for checking this out and leaving your input!

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      Kymberly Fergusson 5 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Although I don't think I'll find Pink Zote in Germany, I'll definitely hunt for the borax - my water is so hard! Bookmarked and voted up! Thank you!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      sabrani44:

      You are welcome!

      I'm still exploring options with this home made product so stay tuned. Life may yet slow down and let me get to the newest recipe.

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Great hub, I'll definitely have to try it sometime :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      stephhicks68:

      It's so easy the kids (the big ones) could make it for you. Hope you do find the product helpful. Thanks for stopping in! :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - we spend a small fortune on laundry detergent (6 in our family, all active in sports....) I am totally game to try making our own at home. Excellent, helpful hub!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      mathira:

      Thanks very much, both for stopping in and for letting me hear from you!

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      mathira 5 years ago from chennai

      It was very useful.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      homesteadbound:

      Thanks for checking it out in this hub. I want to make some soon, but it requires a little extra time that I don't have right now. Soon I want to try a different recipe and post it.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      homesteadbound:

      Thanks for checking it out in this hub. I want to make some soon, but it requires a little extra time that I don't have right now. Soon I want to try a different recipe and post it.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      homesteadbound:

      Thanks for checking it out in this hub. I want to make some soon, but it requires a little extra time that I don't have right now. Soon I want to try a different recipe and post it.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      This sounds wonderful. Next time I need to purchase laundry detergent I will want to give this a try first.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Oh yes, Giselle Maine, it was such an honor to have you highlight my work in such a well-done hub that I couldn't wait to get yours linked!

      HubPages is full of tremendous learning opportunities throughout the posts. It is a mutual relationship when there are good writers like yourself. :)

      Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

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      Giselle Maine 6 years ago

      RTalloni - thanks so much for linking to mine on yours too! I see it on your hub already! That is so nice of you. I appreciate the link. And that was a very important point you raised about having control over the causes you support when you make your own laundry detergent. I admit I hadn't thought about that aspect before, so you've given me something extra to think about. I always seem to learn something new from you!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Giselle Maine:

      I definitely see that! :) And I'm delighted that you've gotten back with me on it! You've done a fine job on your hub and I've already linked it to this one. Thank you for giving a really balanced look at the costs. I am pleased with the savings, but even happier about not giving as many of my $ to companies that support causes I do not support.

      Again, you've posted a super hub and I'm glad to be able to link it to this one!

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      Giselle Maine 6 years ago

      Hi, RTalloni. As you can see, this hub of yours really inspired me - besides my previous one on where to find Zote soap, I have also written a new hub calculating how much cheaper is it over the course of a year to make homemade laundry detergent.

      I have linked my new hub to this hub of yours via an in-text clickable link, if you're interested you will find the link early on in my article (above the table, next to my first pic). Thanks again for your hub. I love the way it is written.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks kindly. Hope your area has the Zote if you want to try this recipe. I'm getting close to trying my new one... :)

      Appreciate your visit and your input very much!

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Very good information and research you've done. I was surprised to read how hard it is to find Borax and Zote. My local supermarket carries Borax in the detergent isle. Now I'm curious to see if they have Zote. I use Borax by adding it to the wash. I find I can use less detergent that way since it softens the water. You gave me something else to try now. Great hub. I voted up and useful.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      GmaGoldie:

      Thanks much--I understand what you mean. We simply can't do every neat thing that comes across the computer screen! This had my curiosity up and I wanted to check it out, but if the batches did not last so long I would not take the time to do it--although it's not really that time consuming.

      Hope you enjoy the brownies! :) So appreciate your visit and input.

      --Oh, I'm hoping to tweak my recipe for laundry detergent soon, so if you decide to give it a try check for the new hub.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      RTalloni,

      I love your work but this is simply too much bother for me - I liken it to making marshmallows. I wish I had the time but alas there are boundaries I must mark.

      Your brownies intrigue me and I must try them.

      Love your work - very well done.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hi Giselle Maine:

      Thanks so much for letting me know--I will link yours to mine now. :)

      Am looking forward to reading about your detergent making experience. The process is interesting.

      I very much appreciate that you came by again!

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      Giselle Maine 6 years ago

      Hi again, RTalloni. I had a hard time finding Zote soap, but through my experience (which involved going to 9 stores in 2 different towns), I have now written a hub on where to find Zote soap! I linked your hub (it's at the end of my hub). Now I just have to actually make the detergent.....!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Not being familiar with Sunlight Soap I took a peek at it. What delightful vintage posters are available--makes me want to redo my laundry room! From what I read online Sunlight Soap would be a perfect soap to use...not cheating at all! If you use it, let us know!

      Are you going to write a hub about Sunlight Soap? --Yes, that's a hint. :)

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      Oh wow, I have some bars of sunlight soap, would they work or is that cheating?

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      snakeslane:

      So glad you like the concept. Remember, Zote is not necessary. Other soaps can work well.

      Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment!

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      This looks really interesting. I will have to find some Zote. Thanks for the recipe RTalloni!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      cashmere:

      Oh, that's too bad! Could you order the ingredients you need online, or possibly research the ingredients to see what might work to make a laundry detergent from comparable ingredients that are available in your local shops?

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Your experiment sounds like fun, but I doubt I will be able to replicate it. Most of the basic ingredients are not available in our local shops here :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Ingenira:

      Thanks kindly. So appreciate your input!

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      wow, a laundry detergent recipe ! You are amazing. I am impressed with the research, trial and errors you are willing to go through to come out with your own detergent recipe. Very impressive. Definitely a vote up!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Giselle Maine:

      Ya, it does have its own fragrance. Of course it is greatly reduced once you make the recipe. One of my friends who tried my recipe loved the fragrance, but I am planning to work on a new recipe with a different soap. I haven't gotten to it just yet because 1) it takes a long time to use up a batch of the home made laundry detergent, 2) life gets in the way of time! :)

      Yes, oh yes, you can use any essential oil you like, although I'm not sure I will use any in the next recipe. It's not necessary and I think I like to use my essential oils elsewhere.

      Thanks much for stopping by with your questions!

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      Giselle Maine 6 years ago

      Does the Zote itself have any fragrance? And am I correct in assuming I could use a different essential oil instead of lavender to create the smell of the home-made laundry detergent?

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Yes, it is safe for HE machines!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      kschimmel:

      Sure hope this info has relieved your concerns. Thanks much for your visit to this hub!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I've made my own laundry detergent in the past, but I hesitate now because I have a high-efficency front-loader.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Miss Mellie:

      Thanks for stopping in as well as for the TSP tip. I was planning to do more research on this topic and you have given me a springboard. So appreciate your visit.

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      M.S. Ross 6 years ago

      Bookmarking to try out your recipe. Here's another tip: add a little TSP (available at hardware stores) to the wash. About 1/4 cup per full load will help rinse every bit of detergent out, leaving your clothes even cleaner. This used to be an ingredient in all laundry detergents. Now, instead, manufacturers market "spot removers" and other additives they sell to thoroughly clean clothes. Nice hub! Thanks for the follow.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      :-) So glad you enjoyed the hub, iZeko. I'm hoping to post my newest recipe in a couple of weeks. It takes time to experiment because the recipes make large batches.

      Appreciate your visit and comments very much.

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      iZeko 6 years ago

      “I'm not wanting to plop a basket of dirty clothes on my head and trot down to one of the creeks” LOL! Your hub is really interesting and the detergent recipe is definitely something worth trying. Thanks!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It was news to me too! I'm just about ready to try my next recipe. If I like it I will be posting it in a hub.

      Thanks so much for stopping by with your comment!

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Never thought that home detergent can be made at home..next time i am going to try it out.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It's been interesting to learn about the concept and process. My friends and I still use it.

      Thanks much for stopping in with your comment!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      RTalloni, thanks for the laundry detergent recipe. I am impressed by the fact that it cleans well. It's something that is worth trying.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks kindly! :)

      It's been an interesting study and I'm continuing to read up on the topic and explore other options. Hope to post more info soon. Am actually kind of excited about my next experiment with laundry soap. I haven't seen one exactly like it, although it may be out there.

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      pinkdaisy 6 years ago from Canada

      Very Cool! I wonder what is in Pink Zote? I would love to make my own laundry soap that which is free of harsh chemicals. Great hub - Voted up :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hi Carole with an e:

      Funny that two special to me names pop up together on the same hub!

      Thanks bunches for your tip. Appreciate that you came by.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hi justmesuzanne:

      Thanks much for stopping by with your input. I'm looking forward to smelling the white Zote to see if it's as strong as the pink.

      I've always loved the name suzanne!

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      Carole 6 years ago

      You can find Pink Zote at the nationwide store 99cent Only Store for guess...99cents!! Happy detergent making!

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      justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

      Good info! I get Zote soap or some other big bar laundry soap at the 99 Cent store. They have plain and white as well as pink. :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks bunches, anidae! :) I'm glad you liked it and that it was helpful.

      The reading I'm doing is putting me on a bandwagon against laundry product companies. I'm not against business, big or small, but harmful chemicals hidden in products that are for us to use in our homes is an issue to be addressed whenever we can do so!

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      Anita Adams 6 years ago from Tennessee

      This is a great article that is worthy of a vote up and a useful.The tightwad in me will also give it an awesome.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      I think you'll like "your" new product! :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Sounds like something I just have to try!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Jamie Brock:

      Thanks much for sharing your input, and for the votes of confidence! Would love to hear how you like it if you try it, and if you write a hub about it let me know so I can link it here.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Tamarajo:

      So glad you stopped by to share your experience with us.

      Thanks much for that tip on PH Plus!

      One particular friend loves the ZOTE smell, but it's a little strong for me. I'm still experimenting with recipes and am planning to post a second one next week that uses some different ingredients. How well it works will be the deciding factor! :)

      Even with brand-name detergents I had to use a prewash product on heavily soiled items. I think I'll be experimenting with my own prewash before too long!

      Appreciate hearing from you!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Wow! What a great way to save money! Thanks for sharing.. voted up and useful and bookmarked too!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Barbara Kay:

      From all I've read, and from the experimenting I've done with friends, this laundry detergent is fine for HE machines even though there was a little sudsing when I first mixed it up, it worked fine in the front loaders.

      You are right, and the more I think about the advertising issues with the products we buy the more inclined I am to settle into a routine of making and using my own cleaning products!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Frog Prince:

      You would love my laundry room...it's a happy place!

      Thanks tremulously, uh, er, that is, tremendously for hopping by with your input. :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Tebo:

      Yes, that's correct about the HE machines. It has worked fine for us in the front loading washers.

      Would love to have your feedback after you give it a try!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Tebo:

      I've read some complicated ones too--not for me!

      If you get a chance to try it let me know, especially if you write a hub about it. I would like the chance to link other's hubs about using it to this one.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Chatkath:

      It's definitely a possibility!

      Weird ingredients might be today's understatement! ;)

      The Pink Zote is on Amazon, I listed it in that section on the hub, and it is the same price I paid for it.

      Thank you for your input. Would love to hear how you like using your homemade laundry detergent.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      OK- I am going to try this, it actually sounds like a possibility :-0 Laundry soap is so expensive & has so many weird ingredients! BTW Is Pink Zote hard to find? Thank you so much for sharing this - brilliant idea!