My Zote that I ordered from Walgreens finally came in. It is quite hard to melt compared to the Fels Naptha. It requires much hotter water. It smells a little bit like roses to me, but the scent is very faint. Fels Naptha has a super strong scent.
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I just did an experiment with my latest batch. I used the recipe I posted and then allowed the fatty stuff from the soap to float to the top. I skimmed that off and have been using the liquid left behind for my laundry. Works great and no soap residue to worry about.
I used homemade detergent for a while. It did a fine job on the clothes, but I noticed that it left a residue inside my washer. I have gone back to Gain powder. I don't use liquid soaps because of the plastic containers it comes in.
You might could add a little vinegar to each load, and that should stop the residue. I'll have to check my washer and see if it has any residue left behind.
Is this soap only for washing laundry or can you use it as a hand/ dish soap as well?
I have sensitive skin and can't take the fragrance in the Fels Napa, so I use Ivory soap instead and it works just as well (IMHO)
Great for Commercial and Residential cleaning.
Cleans nearly ANY surface while remaining safe for the environment.
A low sudsing one should work I think.
I use borax, vinegar, soap, and washing soda. Works like a charm. Mine isn't an HE though. Its a Fisher and Paykel expensive piece of garbage.
I mix about 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of washing soda and 1 bar of Ivory soap together with water. It helps to let the soap soak in water for several hours ...or shred it and melt it on the stove.
This makes a very low-to no sudsing soap.
I use a small single-serve applesauce container per load. Two for my husbands hunting clothes.
It does clean wonderfully and the vinegar keeps a soap film from forming on the clothes. It doesn't smell like vinegar either.
So do you mix yours like schellie69 with the water? We have hard well water. Will this recipe work in hw, or do I need to mix more of any of the ingredients?
I make my own laundry soap and will be using it in the HE washer. The HE washers have to be "cleaned" periodically anyway no matter what detergents you use. They make a special cleaner for them, but I am going to try the vinegar. (It's always been the way to wash out your coffee pot)
You've got to be kidding!!?
You've got to be kidding!!?
I have a front load HE washer and use homemade soap since the homemade soap does not suds like the regular stuff you are okay. It is the suds that do the damage in a HE washer that is what they do to make HE soap take the ingredient out that makes the soap suds up. I use a bar of soap (I use zote or the fels-nape(sp) some use regular bar soap) washing soda, borax and baking soda(to help with odors I have teenage boys) I make the liquid version a penny for 3 loads is what it breaks down to. This stuff last a long time. I also notice when using the homemade soap that my washer does not get that musty smell it got when I used commercial soap. I have used the homemade stuff on some clothes that where really bad and they came out clean and smelling really great. Here's my recipe if anyone wants to use it
1 bar of soap
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1/2-1 cup of baking soda (how every much you think you need) this is optional also.
Take 2 cups water put on stove to boil grate bar of soap into water mix until soap is dissolved
In a 5 gallon bucket fill half full with very hot tap water when soap is melted add it and the rest of ingredients and stir until mixed then finish filling bucket up with hot water stir to mix then let sit over night it will gel up just stir I use 1-2 tablespoons per load
I love the smell when I use the Fels-napa (sp) soap. I am going to try zote next I find these either at wal-mart or k-mart I find the washing soda at dillions it a Kroger store.
If you only use 1-2 tbps, how long does a 5 gal bucket last, and does it go bad? There's only me and my DH, so we don't do tons of laundry , but In this summer heat, my DH laundry gets done every day as he is in construction, (stinky and dirty)! It just seems like a lot for only 2 people. Should I maybe try the powdered?
Guys I need help, I have all my ingredients but the "Washing Soda" I can't find it anywhere!!!