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So, I've seen this recipe:<br>
1 cup soap flakes<br>
1/2 cup washing soda<br>
1/2 cup Borax<br>
Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry), wash in warm or cold water.<br><br>
My questions:<br>
1) where do you buy washing soda<br>
2) what kind of soap do you grate into flakes? I am looking for something safe but also cheap<br>
3) is 1-2 tablespoons really all you need?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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+ What exactly is Borax and how <span>green</span> is it <i>really</i>?<br><br>
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Arm and hammer super washing soda is in most stores in the detergent area. I can't answer the other questions, I'm wondering about making this myself!
 

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I don't know how "green" borax is but they sell it at the regular groc store I go to (Kroger) in the laundry section in a box. If you're considering the safety of the ingredients in terms of if your kids got into it, I think borax is kind of borderline, so I treat it like a toxic cleaning product (in terms of keeping it on a high shelf where he can't get to it). I'm pretty sure it's significantly safer than regular laundry detergent though.<br><br>
I had heard of people using Dr Bronner's soap to grate, but it's fairly expensive to start with isn't it?
 

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Ditto on the PP. Borax is all natural, but not neccessarily "safe" You wouldn't want your children to ingest it, but it is totally safe to wash with, since it is rinsed out. I agree, just keep it safely put away. I grate Fels Naptha, which isn't totally green, but once again it rinses out, or Zote ( a mexican laundry soap. It is natural, but uses lard which some people don't like, but it is super cheap & works great) The key to grating the soap is to unwrap the day or so before & let it dry out. Soft soap is very hard to grate! You can use just about anything. My stuff doesn't even leave the clothes smelling like the soap. I think it rinses too well for that. I have heard some say that is why they don't use Fels. I've heard of just about everything being used from Ivory to Dr B
 

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We use 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup Borax, 1/3 cup Zote. And we use a tablespoon per load <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I use 1 Bar of grated Ivory Soap (which makes about 2 cups), 2 cups of Washing Soda, and 1 cup of Borax, and I use 1/4-1/2 cup per load, so it lasts about a week (I have very hard water). I can find Borax in any grocery store (I know it is mined, and it makes me sneeze, so it is a little harsh), but I can only find Washing Soda at Publix (and Arm and Hammer recommend using gloves when cleaning with it, so it's a little harsh too). Ivory Soap is super cheap, but uses tallow. I am planning to just learn to make my own soap this summer!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So, I've seen this recipe:<br>
1 cup soap flakes<br>
1/2 cup washing soda<br>
1/2 cup Borax<br>
Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry), wash in warm or cold water.<br><br>
My questions:<br>
1) where do you buy washing soda<br>
2) what kind of soap do you grate into flakes? I am looking for something safe but also cheap<br>
3) is 1-2 tablespoons really all you need?<br><br>
Thanks!</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I use grated Ivory and washing soda on our clothes. Not on cloth diapers though.... it cause buildup and they will repel.</div>
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1) where do you buy washing soda?</b> Believe it or not most foodstores sell this. When I went to buy it at shop rite they didn't even know they carried it... then I tried on their website and THEY HAD IT!<br><b>2) what kind of soap do you grate into flakes?</b> Ivory is what I use... I do not notice any build up on my diapers, but I end up with little "soap balls" because I can not get it fine enough.<br><b>3) is 1-2 tablespoons really all you need?</b> I use 1 for "normal dirty" 2 for "heavy dirty" 3 for "diaper dirty"<br><br><b>What exactly is Borax and how <span>green</span> is it <i>really</i>?</b> I do not know how <span>green</span> it is but ... " 20 Mule Team® Borax is made of 100% Borax, a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen and water. 20 Mule Team® Borax is not harmful to washing machines, plumbing or septic tanks and does not contain phosphates or chlorine." ~<a href="http://www.dialcorp.com/index.cfm?page_id=56" target="_blank">http://www.dialcorp.com/index.cfm?page_id=56</a><br><br>
"Borax (from Persian burah[1][2]), also called sodium borate, or sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. It is usually a white powder consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water.<br><br>
Borax has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many detergents, cosmetics, and enamel glazes. It is also used to make buffer solutions in biochemistry, as a fire retardant, as an anti-fungal compound for fiberglass, as an insecticide, as a flux in metallurgy, and as a precursor for other boron compounds." ~<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borax" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borax</a><br><br><br>
This yes cleaned my cloth, but left them a little... idk how to put it... there is just so type of "nothingness" to them that I do not like. I have been told that if I used vinegar that it will help (adding it to a rinse cycle or in a downy ball). Also a few have told me that if I put EO in the mix that this will help, but other have said that it washes out to easily... so I lead to believe what one woman told me (though I have never tried) take oil either EO or just scented oil on a small towel in the dryer to sent to clothes with any wonderful sent! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I cant wait to try it!<br><br>
People also suggested using Castile Soap. Either Dr. Bronners (All One) - Liquid Castile Soap or something homemade. If this soap is scented, I am told, that the scent will not wash out the same as will the dry soap. I again have yet to try this, but plan to tomorrow! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I will report back!<br><br>
I have been looking for something with my clothes to, but have yet to find something that I like... I will secretly send things to my mother to be cleaned <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/2whistle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="2whistle">: to make them smell and feel wonderful; I mean only she really knows what happens to them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"></span></span></span>
 
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