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I have a lot of liquid Dr Bronners soap. Can I use this to make laundry detergent? Any recipes? Also, we'll be getting a front loader...so the recipe'd need to be compatabe w/ HE washers.
post #63 of 132
I have been using the Maggie's Soap Nuts they reviewed in the June issue for my clothes. Has anyone tried making liquid soap or shampoo out of them? They have done a great job of making my clothes clean and soft, I was wondering what they could do for my body?
post #64 of 132
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Originally Posted by NoraB View Post
I have a lot of liquid Dr Bronners soap. Can I use this to make laundry detergent? Any recipes? Also, we'll be getting a front loader...so the recipe'd need to be compatabe w/ HE washers.
Oh. Until you mentioned the HE machine, I'd've just said you don't need a recipe, just use the Dr. Bronner's as liquid detergent. But the HE machine changes everything, it'd whip the soap into shaving foam!

What you'd need is a way to de-suds soap without de-deterging it, and that's asking a lot. Soap just foams strongly at detergent concentrations, and although I can think of things you could add to mitigate the foam somewhat while retaining or even enhancing detergency, they'd hardly be worth it. Better to just start over without the soap. Maybe you can use up the Dr. Bronner's in the old machine (even an old front loader) before the HE one arrives.

Robert
post #65 of 132
Hi everyone! I'm very new to this discussion board but it is exactly what I've been looking for! Thanks for all of the great information!

Anyway, I just started doing the no-poo using baking soda and honey for washing and apple cider vinegar for rinsing. I have to tell you guys, my hair is naturally curly and veeery dry and tangly. After doing the above and rinsing with cold water, my hair looks AMAZING and soft and not so tangly! I was able to brush through the tangles in half the time! Thanks for all of the great tips!
post #66 of 132

One more thing...

Sorry I forgot I do have a few questions. Will this^^ method work when your hair is really dirty? Like say after a day in the ocean or the lake or when something gross gets spilt in your hair?? Also I use flax seed gel as a hair gel and it spoils after a while. Would the no-poo method be able to get this out too? I wouldn't want my hair to smell!!
post #67 of 132
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Sorry I forgot I do have a few questions. Will this^^ method work when your hair is really dirty? Like say after a day in the ocean or the lake or when something gross gets spilt in your hair??
What's your hair picking up in the ocean or lake that's comparable to something gross spilt on your hair? Is it an oil-slicked body of water?!
post #68 of 132
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Washing Soda - Sodium Carbonate
Baking Soda - Sodium BiCarnonate

Washing soda is a little more caustic and caution should be used - do not use when washing delicates. Baking Soda is better for delicates.

Lots of Natural and Organic Recipes I've come across have Borax in them but I'm always amazed at this based on how toxic it is. (They use it to kill Roaches for goodness sakes!) I really don't see how using this could be good. Read the toxicity section.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borax
What can we use in place of Borax? I make my own detergent with the 1 3/4c Washing Soda, 1 3/4 c Borax, and 1 bar of Pure & Natural soap or Ivory (depending on what I have on hand). I also use Sun Oxygen cleaner to keep things bright.
post #69 of 132
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What's your hair picking up in the ocean or lake that's comparable to something gross spilt on your hair? Is it an oil-slicked body of water?!
Well sometimes our beaches are closed for raw sewage spills. Does that count?
post #70 of 132
I would really appreciate it if anyone knows the answer to my earlier question about the ACV/BS no-poo method being able to clean very dirty hair. Also I would like to know If anyone has found a way to counteract the ACV smell. I have noticed that the smell dissipates as my hair dries but I have very thick hair and it takes hours to dry totally. I usually have to got to work with semi wet hair and the smell still lingers. Is this a problem for anybody else? Has anyone come up with a solution?

I'm so glad I found this site, It is so informative!!
post #71 of 132
this is my new favorite thread! i love this stuff.
had a question about "no-poo balls" (god that sounds bad! )


"A No Poo Recipe
I just wanted to share this since its working great for me.
I make no-poo balls, its a lot easier than mixing everything together in the shower.
I just mix together BS, water, honey, and EO's roll it into about 1/2"- 1" balls and let them dry for a few days. I keep a dish of them on my bathroom counter and just bring one into the shower, cup it in my hand, let some water mist over it and work it into my hair. "

anybody have a starting point for how much of each of these ingredients to use? i know its different for each hair type, but i have no idea where to even start with ratios here.
thanks for any thoughts!
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post #73 of 132
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Originally Posted by bellymama View Post
this is my new favorite thread! i love this stuff.
had a question about "no-poo balls" (god that sounds bad! )


"A No Poo Recipe
I just wanted to share this since its working great for me.
I make no-poo balls, its a lot easier than mixing everything together in the shower.
I just mix together BS, water, honey, and EO's roll it into about 1/2"- 1" balls and let them dry for a few days. I keep a dish of them on my bathroom counter and just bring one into the shower, cup it in my hand, let some water mist over it and work it into my hair. "

anybody have a starting point for how much of each of these ingredients to use? i know its different for each hair type, but i have no idea where to even start with ratios here.
thanks for any thoughts!
yeah I've been wanting to make, um, no-poo balls too. (Aren't no-poo balls what you find in your baby's diaper if she gets constipated?)

Anyway, any idea for ratios?
post #74 of 132
what exactly is castile soap? i see at the store, but exactly what is it?
post #75 of 132
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Originally Posted by Sensitive View Post
Well sometimes our beaches are closed for raw sewage spills. Does that count?
I would think that any time you thought your hair would pick up that kind of stuff, that you would avoid swimming in it even if it was open! I'd be a lot more concerned with its getting in my nose or mouth than in my hair.

So are you asking about an "emergency" situation in which you were already swimming when the contamination was discovered? And yet wanted to know if you could avoid soap? (Just trying to figure out your priorities!)

Robert
post #76 of 132
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Originally Posted by bellymama View Post
what exactly is castile soap? i see at the store, but exactly what is it?
Originally, olive oil soap (olivate). Now it could be any soap.
post #77 of 132
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Originally Posted by Robert Goodman View Post
I would think that any time you thought your hair would pick up that kind of stuff, that you would avoid swimming in it even if it was open! I'd be a lot more concerned with its getting in my nose or mouth than in my hair.

So are you asking about an "emergency" situation in which you were already swimming when the contamination was discovered? And yet wanted to know if you could avoid soap? (Just trying to figure out your priorities!)

Robert
Thanks for the concern Robert!
No I don't swim in the ocean when it's contaminated.
I was just using that as an example of dirty hair. I still don't know the answer to my question.
I guess what I really want to know is how well does the BS/ACV no-poo method actually clean hair? Would you need to keep shampoo around for when your hair is REALLY dirty?
Maybe I should explain that my reason for being interested in going no-poo is my being allergic to many of the chemicals in regular shampoo. Because of this it is really hard for me to find a shampoo that my skin doesn't react to. So if I can stop looking for a shampoo through trial and error and give my skin a rest, I would really like to do that.
post #78 of 132
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Originally Posted by Sensitive View Post
I guess what I really want to know is how well does the BS/ACV no-poo method actually clean hair?
I'm sure there are hydrophobic materials that you could get on your hair that alternating base & acid (baking soda & vinegar) would not budge.

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Maybe I should explain that my reason for being interested in going no-poo is my being allergic to many of the chemicals in regular shampoo. Because of this it is really hard for me to find a shampoo that my skin doesn't react to.
What do you use to wash the rest of your skin? Why not do your hair with that?

Robert
post #79 of 132
It was asked earlier in this thread, but I don't think anyone answered...Does anyone have any suggestions for dishwashing soap for hand washing? I don't have a dishwasher. Would Dr. Bronner's work? Any good recipes? Thanks!
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It was asked earlier in this thread, but I don't think anyone answered...Does anyone have any suggestions for dishwashing soap for hand washing? I don't have a dishwasher. Would Dr. Bronner's work?
Of course it works, it's soap, ain't it? This is not complicated. It's machine dishwashing that's tricky; don't try soap for that!
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