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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    I'm sorry, I only make the gel liquid kind--never have tried powdered homemade. I always had trouble getting any powdered detergent to dissolve and had the problem you mentioned so switched to liquid.
    Thanks. I'll give the powdered a shot this first time around and see how it goes.
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    I do one grated bar Sunlight soap, ! !/3 C each of borax and washing soda mix and use cold water with no problems. I do grate and run it in the food processor to make sure it is ground fine.

    Tybee, we were going to compare notes on consumption. I made my mix on Jan 15, do 2-3 loads a week, took out 1/3 Cup for hand washing my bras and will run out of mix in mid June so it has lasted about 5 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    I do one grated bar Sunlight soap, ! !/3 C each of borax and washing soda mix and use cold water with no problems. I do grate and run it in the food processor to make sure it is ground fine.

    Tybee, we were going to compare notes on consumption. I made my mix on Jan 15, do 2-3 loads a week, took out 1/3 Cup for hand washing my bras and will run out of mix in mid June so it has lasted about 5 months.

    Razz, that is good info. I have done a crummy job of noting my usage, and I have been doing extraordinary amounts of laundry as I decluttered all my dad and mom's old clothing to give away, so I have been doing at least 10-14 loads a week. I think mine lasted about 2 months, as my husband made more yesterday, and one before that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    I do one grated bar Sunlight soap, ! !/3 C each of borax and washing soda mix and use cold water with no problems. I do grate and run it in the food processor to make sure it is ground fine.

    Tybee, we were going to compare notes on consumption. I made my mix on Jan 15, do 2-3 loads a week, took out 1/3 Cup for hand washing my bras and will run out of mix in mid June so it has lasted about 5 months.
    razz, do you use yours dry or make it into a liquid? That's a long time for one batch!!!
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    I chuckled when I saw the exclamation marks instead of #1 in the quote. That is a lot of cleaning to do. Imagine the cost if you were buying liquid detergent.
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    See, my problem with my budgeting is that then I would say, gosh, look, I saved all that money and then go spend it on books or watches or summer sandals.

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    I use it dry. 1 rounded Tbsp for a small load and 2 rounded Tbsp for a large load. Vinegar for the softener.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    I use it dry. 1 rounded Tbsp for a small load and 2 rounded Tbsp for a large load. Vinegar for the softener.
    Thanks! I'm taking notes and will be labeling my container for the rest of the family.
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    I have to say that I love my DIY detergent, so thanks to all of you have shared recipes. It does go a long way, and it cleans clothes well.
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    with covid and once a week shopping I did meal plan, but then I'd get tired after a day of work and end up having a can of beans for dinner instead. The food waste is not extreme, but it's not zero either. And yea lettuce often goes bad even though I eat salads all the time.
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