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Looking for chemical free dishwasher and laundry detergent

I need a mild detergeant for the laundry nothing too smelly or anything.

I try not to buy natural stuff and wanted to find out if any one has recommendations?

*edit* Yikes a typo. I meant I try to buy natural.

hmmm.  a soap that is not natural and doesnt have chemicals in it?  im not sure what else there is.

ive used dr. bronners, that was very mild and unscented.  i liked it a lot.  but its all natural, hemp soap.  so.  i dont know if thats what you want.

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i make my own laundry soap from the recommendation of hoopyd-she got it from PPK

buy a non scented glycerin bar of soap-grate it in food processor or by hand
melt it down with water on the stove

add to 3 gallons of water-plus one cup of arm and hammer washing soda (mostly baking soda) and 1/2 cup of borax (optional)
shake very well.....stir, etc....
i didnt use the borax.

this even gets my poopy diapers clean and it costs less than $2 to make over 3 gallons-doesnt smell at all

im wondering if just baking soda would work in a dishwasher

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i think that might have been a typo....maybe he/she TRIES to buy natural stuff. then it would make sense. thats actually how i read it! ???

hmmm.  a soap that is not natural and doesnt have chemicals in it?  im not sure what else there is.

ive used dr. bronners, that was very mild and unscented.  i liked it a lot.  but its all natural, hemp soap.  so.  i dont know if thats what you want.

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l2a:  How much do you use per load of laundry?

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i was measuring it in a soy yogurt cup (silk size) but now i just pour whatever in. dont really measure. if its a really stinky load, i might pour a bit more in. i love it!
plus, no more buying those expensive containers and then being stuck with plastic bottles

i decided to become even more thrifty ( is it possible??) after i lost my job and this was one of the things....

l2a:  How much do you use per load of laundry?

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A single serving yogurt cup?

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L2A, that is amazing!  ;)b

I am going to make some. I seem to go thru a ton of laundry detergent and that junk is expensive!

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poopy diapers haha.

oh the dr. bronners was gonne pretty quickly.  but im a dirty girl.  i dont do laundry very often.  so you know.  whatevs : )

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another tip...put it in a 5 gallon container. the first time you measure your 3 gallons, mark the container so its easier to measure next time.

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whoa this is genious! I'm thinking I'll add some kind of scented oil too (lavender maybe)....

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I buy Ecover Free and Clear laundry detergent and Ecover automatic dishwashing cubes.  I love the idea of homemade detergent.  The next time I get low, I'll have to give it a try.

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whoa this is genious! I'm thinking I'll add some kind of scented oil too (lavender maybe)....

Ooooh, yes! I was thinking the same thing but wondered if the oil and scent would just get washed out...definitely worth trying. If only I could make my own scented dryer sheets....hmmm

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L2A -Great idea...I'm def. going to try it.

Quest: When you  add the 3 gallons of water I assume you have a huge pot to put the water in? My pots are on the small side.

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when you melt the grated soap you only use a cup of water. then add that to 3 gallons of plain water and mix in the other stuff too.
you need a 5 gallon bucket or something

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i make my own laundry soap from the recommendation of hoopyd-she got it from PPK

buy a non scented glycerin bar of soap-grate it in food processor or by hand
melt it down with water on the stove

add to 3 gallons of water-plus one cup of arm and hammer washing soda (mostly baking soda) and 1/2 cup of borax (optional)
shake very well.....stir, etc....
i didnt use the borax.

Oohh... I want to make $2 laundry detergent by the buttload!  Is there a substitute for Arm & Hammer washing soda?  A&H (Church & Dwight) still tests on animals according to PETA.  :(

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I've tried every detergent at the HFS and I like Ecover, like mdv.  I'm intrigued by the recipe, though.

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plain baking soda?
borax? might have a shady history too.

i make my own laundry soap from the recommendation of hoopyd-she got it from PPK

buy a non scented glycerin bar of soap-grate it in food processor or by hand
melt it down with water on the stove

add to 3 gallons of water-plus one cup of arm and hammer washing soda (mostly baking soda) and 1/2 cup of borax (optional)
shake very well.....stir, etc....
i didnt use the borax.

Oohh... I want to make $2 laundry detergent by the buttload!  Is there a substitute for Arm & Hammer washing soda?  A&H (Church & Dwight) still tests on animals according to PETA.  :(

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About a year ago my wife started using a totally natural product for the laundry.  It is soapnuts.  It is the husk of a fruit that grows on a tree.  It cleans better than commercial products.  It also kills germs.  She puts 3 or 4 of these nuts in a little bag and puts it in the laundry.  She uses the same nuts for 3 or 4 laundries.  So besides being good for our body and the environment it works out to be very cost effective.

The same product can be used for dishwashing.  You can added the soapnuts to a sink of water for a totally biodegradable and natural dish washing detergent.  You can also make a liquid dishwashing liquid by put some soapnuts in water and boiling it for about 15.  When cool, remove the soapnuts and pour the liquid into a container.

We have also found that there is a big difference in the quality of the soapnuts in the marketplace.  The best quality product we've found at http://naturoli.com

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Have you ever heard of soap nuts? They are a sustainable, wild-crafted, all natural vegan alternative to chemical detergents and cleansers. Soap nuts are not actually 'nuts' at all. They have characteristics more similar to that of a cherry, and grow on a tree that reminds me of an olive tree.

If you're an allergy sufferer, tired of having biohazards all over the house, have any skin sensitivities, or just want to help make our homes - and world - greener places, soap nuts are an answer to many of our problems. It's important to note that soap nuts are simple to use, but at the same time you need to understand them - and HOW they work. The more you know, the more you will want to learn.

From laundry, to dishes, to cleaning silver, to shampoo, to skin creams - soap nuts offer real NATURAL solutions. These are remarkable fruits that hardly anyone I meet has even heard of, so expect some confusion.

These little beauties are being promoted heavily by the US based, natural products formulator, NaturOli. Rather than trying to explain a lot here, NaturOli provides a good bit of the fundamental information about soap nuts in a simple format at:  http://www.naturoli.com/soapnuts/

The soap nut information is geared toward use as a natural laundry detergent, however I have been told that this is only the beginning and that they will soon have much more information on soap nut based uses that will be released soon. Basically, per NaturOli, soap nuts as a natural detergent is only the tip of an iceberg. That's exciting.

Check it out for yourself. I recommend letting your imagination run free. My home is nearly void of chemicals. To understand what soap nuts offer is to absolutely love them. Soap nuts have been used for centuries, but lie in relative obscurity today. I have been experimenting with them for quite some time now, and have yet to keep coming up with new uses - been having a lot of fun in the process, too.

We should all thank our dear Mother Nature for the special gifts she always seems to provide. Maybe we just need to remember to look to her first. She's been around longer than Procter and Gamble can even comprehend. Has she ever asked for anything from us - other than to simply give us hints that maybe we should care a little more for this world and all her precious gifts? Has she ever let us down?

Thank you, Lori, for introducing me to this site. Yep, I guess I did have something to say. Hopefully my contribution will be of some value. My best to you all.

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