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Why You Don't Need Laundry Detergent is how a newsgroup tag-lined this piece. That title took my click and I would recommend the read to you.  I'm admitting interest in this concept and to sum it up, I'll add a quote from the author:

So, there are at least two alternatives to the agitation of paying too much for laundry detergent: Ditch it altogether and use nothing more than water in your washer, or save to 90% by making your own laundry detergent.

Another point the author mentions, through out the write up, is simply using way less laundry detergent than what we probably do. I'm first to raise my hand at this - I'm guilty- I know I use extra laundry detergent.

After reading the attached link, I'm promising myself to be more conscious of how much I add.

Will you consider any of these three options?

- using less name brand soap?

- make your own detergent?

- go without soap all together?



I tell you what, the laundry soap recipe added in the link genuinely has me fascinated- I really might try it- how about you?

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I would be willing to use less. I think I probably should be anyway. I always tend to use too much.
I would not forgo using detergent all together - especially not with 2 little boys.
I also can't see myself spending the extra time making my own, so I will probably keep buying storebrand, but I may use less of it per load.
I agree with Jessica. I'm not about to start making my own -- I have my time priorities and it simply doesn't fit into my life. But I'm more than willing to use less.
I do try to be cautious of not using too much, although sometimes in a rush, especially with a new brand I'm sure I do. I may consider making some...will have to think on that. I have started using generic brands and not noticed any difference from name brand.

(Slightly off topic - Just a tip from my maintenance man husband - steer clear of powered detergents - in both washing machines and dishwashers. Liquid is much better for both machines, especially if you have hard water. Powder can lead to a build up inside the machines you can't see and cause problems.)
I have also used white vinegar in the wash, it's good for getting the 'funk' out of towels, too.

Vinegar, or lemon juice is all that I ever use to clean my microwave. I zap a bowl of vinegar, or mix vinegar and lemon juice in the micro for three minutes, and wipe the inside with a damp cloth. No harsh chemicals necessary, and no chemicals being cooked every time I use it, either.

I haven't ever made my own detergent but am intrigued. I think I have a tendency to use too much, and I know it has a detrimental effect on clothes especially darker clothes.

Will have to look into this more...

I like my laundry to smell nice though lol! Whatever homemade concoction I would come up with would have to smell good or that would be a deal breaker for me :D
We've actually been making our own detergent for about a year. Money got tight to the point where we couldn't spend $25 or more a month on detergent (my husband works a messy job and we do a lot of laundry). One batch lasts us three or four months, and costs way less. To get all of the ingredients cost us about what a bottle of detergent would (ten dollars or so) and you get several batches out of it. Then it takes me maybe an hour one evening to make, and I'm set for a few months. Now that things aren't so tight I keep some of the dye-free scent-free stuff around for my toddler, who seems to have sensitive skin, and a small bottle of regular detergent for the weeks when hubby's clothes get really nasty, but the bulk of our household laundry still gets washed in the homemade stuff.

It's not for everyone but if money's tight it's a way to save quite a bit of money.
I've tried making my own laundry detergent and didn't like it at all. I noticed our clothes getting dingy after awhile. I would never do without soap in the laundry, gross! I do try to use lesser amounts of soap than I used too but my main laundry bill is Shout. I couldn't live without it and haven't found anything that works as good. I have used white vinegar in the wash. It is great for getting smells out of anything. If anyone has a problem with odor in the underarms of their clothes just rub a little white vinegar in, throw it in the wash and the odor will be gone. It won't come back as soon as they get hot either.
I will say I have been making my own laundry detergent and cleaners for awhile now. I don't think I could go back to spending the money on name brand cleaners. For me to make a batch of laundry soap it takes about 1/2 an hour to grate the bars and then about 15 minutes a day or 2 later to process it to a fine powder. I only use 1 TABLESPOON for each load, so it lasts me several months. I have stumbled across a recipe for dishwasher detergent that I am thinking of trying too.
I make our laundry detergent and use white vinegar as a fabric softner. It works great!
i have started making my own laundry soap. and i sooo love the price. it's sooo cheap to make. i don't think i could go back to buying tide again. my next batch i'm going to make using felts naptha soap. i know my great aunt has always used that for her clothes. or she makes her own lye soap.
i really have not noticed a diffrence in using the homeaid soap my clothes feel the same and i actually think my clothes look brighter and cleaner.

one thing i learned a long time ago is to judge how much laundry soap you use by how much lint is in your dryer. if you have a ton of lint your using too much soap. you want very little lint.
Does the lint/soap thing apply to towels too? I have very little lint in the dryer except for when I wash towels.
connie i thought it applyed to everything but i really don't know. next time try using less and see what happeneds.

Connie said:
Does the lint/soap thing apply to towels too? I have very little lint in the dryer except for when I wash towels.
i just made a new batch of laundry soap. it really doesn't take that long at all. from start to finish it was less than an hour for me. and that was with grating a big bar of soap.

i have made it with ivory, zote, and this batch is with feltz naptha.
the ivory smelled the best and cleaned pretty good. but i didn't notice my clothes smelling like the soap after they came out of the washer.
the zote cleaned really well till i got to the end of the batch, this last half a gallon seems really chunky. i really wasn't a fan of the zote,

now i can't wait to try it with the feltz naptha.

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