Friday, July 30, 2010

More Information Regarding the Laundry Soap

I received some questions about the Laundry Soap thing.

First off, you can find all of the ingredients for the Laundry soap at Fry's. They carry Borax, Arm & Hammer's Super Washing Soda, and Fels-Naptha.

I do recommend Fels-Naptha over any of the other laundry soaps because I prefer the scent. I just did a Zote bar, and while only a dollar at Wal-Mart, then scent is more industrial than I like. The Fels-Naptha is a bit more fresh. The Fels bar is 1.79 at Fry's. But still a significant savings over buying processed laundry detergent.

If you need a liquid detergent because you have a front-loader, the Duggar's have a recipe for that. I requires liquifying the detergent by cooking. I have a friend who does this and she likes it just fine.

If you have any skin allergies, I would suggest using a Dove Bar or Ivory Bar since they are supposed to be safe on skin. But if your skin reacts to either of those soaps, then you're better off buying the Free & Clear detergents. Or, do some research to find out if there is a non-allergenic soap out there.

Now, on to the Dishwasher detergent. I don't like it. So, I don't really recommend it. It has left a bit of a film on my dishes. At first I was just using the Borax/Super Washing Soda mixture, but I had a film on my dishes. So I thought maybe it was missing some sort of soap (a la Fels-Naptha in the laundry detergent), so I have started adding a smidge of liquid dishwasher detergent in the dispenser. This has helped, slightly. Next I'm going to try reducing the amount of Borax/Super Washing Soda amount in the dispenser (rather than 2 tablespoons, just 1) in addition to 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwasher detergent (Cascade).

I'm not totally giving up on the dishwasher detergent, but I'm tweaking it to see if I can improve on it. I'll keep you posted.

1 comment:

D.L. White said...

Thanks for all the good info. on this. I just might start making my own (once I run out of what I have). :)