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Subject: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
Date Posted: 2/18/2010 12:52 PM ET
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http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/04/09/making-your-own-laundry-detergent-a-detailed-visual-guide/

 

There has been a lot of success with this and it is very inexpensive!

Date Posted: 2/19/2010 12:21 PM ET
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That is really cool, I may have to try that...I'm not picky about my laundry detergent.

Date Posted: 2/19/2010 9:28 PM ET
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I will warn you that sometimes homemade detergent can be too harsh on your laundry.  I made some of the powdered, and used it on my towels and dishtowels.  Unfortunately, even though I let it dissolve in water before I put the laundry in, I wound up with holes in my dishtowels and discoloration on my bath towels.  It took a few washings for this to happen, but I switched to a cheap off brand for most of my laundry and havn't seen any new holes.  I'm not sure what went wrong, but I would caution people who are making their own detergent for the first time to wash something they don't care about (like dust rags) in their detergent a few times before using it on other, more expensive to replace, laundry.  Maybe it is just the water here, but I'm not sure and I'm not going to try my own detergent again. 

Date Posted: 2/20/2010 10:43 AM ET
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I think making the liquid is best.  Powdered laundry det is tough on the washer, anyway.

Date Posted: 6/26/2010 5:45 PM ET
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SimpleDollar.com is a great site.  It's where I learned about PBS!

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/26/2010 5:45 PM ET
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