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I am ready to make my own laundry detergent (like this minute) but I have a question. If I use my cooking pot to melt this stuff in will I be able to wash it and use it to cook in again? Or do I need one I can use exclusively for making my detergent?<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat.</td>
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Does anyone know? I need to wash clothes tomorrow and wanted to have my detergent done but I'm hesitant to use my pan for fear I won't be able to cook in it again.
 

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It's just soap, right? It will rinse out.<br><br>
I just use Dr B's in my laundry soap, but I put it in my glass measuring cup that I use for cooking... it's just soap. I've actually used Dr B's to wash dishes with, so no biggie. Just rinse it really really well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Thanks. I figured it would wash but didn't want to make a big mistake with the nice pans we got as a wedding gift, ykwim?
 

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I have yet to make all those things. I just bought my essential oils and castile soaps today. I figured that I would just go to the thrift store and buy a pan for cleaning mixtures. Let me know how this works for you. Thanks
 

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If you were to make real soap with lye, I would use a pot or cookware specifically for that because the high pH in lye may corrode any finishes, leach into finishes, etc - which would not be good if it were ingested later.<br><br>
I don't think Borax is that much harsher (higher pH) than commercial detergents, so it will just wash off without doing any damage.
 

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I've used the same recipe that you're referring to and it washed out just fine.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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