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    Found a new website ...Hillbilly House Wife.......recipe for homemade laundry soap. Just wondering if anyone here has tried this. If it is as good as they say, I'd have more $ for quilting! Also recipe for homemade fabric softener!

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    Sounds interesting but don't use it in a front-load!! :D

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    Have never heard of it! Will give it a look! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    My daughter is a frugal queen. No kidding, she pinches her pennies so much she has a blog called the Screaming Penny. She has used the Hillbilly Housewife site for years. I've also used some of the ideas there.

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    I love the Hillbilly House Wife website!!!! I am trying to get back to being REALLY frugal now too, as I just work a minimum wage job now.......the pennies will HHHHAAAAVVVEEEE to strtch, lol!

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    What is the URL?

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    I have used the Hillbilly Housewives detergent in my front loader for years. Haven't had a problem. I do use tide for my whites though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    What is the URL?
    http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/

    I'm just wondering where you can buy Fels Naptha soap? I looked for it at our local Walmart and couldn't find it!

    Oh, and one reason to not use the homemade detergent in a front loader is that it may void the warranty on the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    What is the URL?
    http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/

    I'm just wondering where you can buy Fels Naptha soap? I looked for it at our local Walmart and couldn't find it!

    Oh, and one reason to not use the homemade detergent in a front loader is that it may void the warranty on the machine.
    Almost any hardware store or even grocery stores have Fels Naptha....Never seen it at a big chain store, though.

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    I read that website, it is quite interesting.

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    I have been making my own laundry soap for years. It works just fine. I rarely use Fels-naptha soap. I have been using Zote soap. It is similar to Fels-naptha. My mom uses ivory soap with no issues at all.

    The only problem I have had was Fels-naptha didn't keep the whites really white. This was a combination of our hard water and the Fels-naptha. The Zote soap has been better for the whites. I also use about 1/4 cup of baking soda in the washing machine along with the soap when I wash whites. The baking soda helps soften the water and keep the whites whiter.

    I also use the recipe for the small bucket but use twice the water and fill the big 5 gallon bucket and it still works fine.

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    I've been doing some research on "plain living"- more earth friendly living and healthier food. this will fit right in. Thanks!

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    I have used homemade laundry for several years. I do use it in my front load washer. There just isnt any smell unless you add smell to it. I was even making my own fabric softner but didn't like that. So, now I buy fabric softner but make my soap. You should all try it.
    Judy in Ohio

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    This is not for me, I love up to date stuff. We save money by not eating out and eating good for us food at home instead.

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    For the people who REALLY want to save money, look for a book called the TIGHTWAD Gazette, the complete book. Its real good, funny, and I learned so much, BUT some of you will say she is "too extreme", but she is really good!

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    Thanks for the URL :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    For the people who REALLY want to save money, look for a book called the TIGHTWAD Gazette, the complete book. Its real good, funny, and I learned so much, BUT some of you will say she is "too extreme", but she is really good!
    I've used some of the tips in this book and I think I've saved money. I like the homemade stain spray with Whisk, vinegar, ammonia and water. I use it for cleaning anything greasy, even the hood above the stove. It works great cleaning the metal filters on my furnace too.

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    I found Fels Naptha and castile soap at our IGA grocery store.Also found the washing soda there too. Walmart (here) didn't have any of the things I went after. My next stop was going to be Rural King they seem to carry a lot of the older name products.

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    I use Castille soap in my homemade laundry soap - 4 cups grated Castille (or Zotes), 2 cups borax and 2 cups Oxy-clean. Been using 1 - 2 T in each load for over two years and have spent MAYBE $20 for the ingredients!!

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    I've used Ivory or whatever is on sale, and it works fine. You can also save soap scraps, but it takes a while to save that much.

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    http://www.soapsgonebuy.com/category_s/40.htm

    You can also use Ivory or Zote soap.

    I use this soap in my front loader with no problems at all. It's very low suds.

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    Going to have to check that out! I started home canning and I just got a food dehydrator. I'm worried about the economy too and working in the mortgage industry, I don't feel very secure in my job right now. I have also a year's worth of food stocked in my pantry just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    What is the URL?
    http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/

    I'm just wondering where you can buy Fels Naptha soap? I looked for it at our local Walmart and couldn't find it!

    Oh, and one reason to not use the homemade detergent in a front loader is that it may void the warranty on the machine.
    I think I saw Fels Naptha soap at the Dollar Store :?:

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    I have really sensitive skin, so I don't mess with using different detergents. I always buy a giant jug of the Purex with no scent/no nothin' kind. Or Sun detergent. I'm glad other companies have detergents that don't add that stuff... I used to have to use Dreft (the kind for babies) and that was expensive!
    I also can't use fabric softeners.

    On the topic of frugal living, tho, I have always tried to be as frugal as I can be. My husband and I have low-paying, low-stress jobs that we love, so we don't need to keep up with the Jones. He has accused me of being a "money hoarder" and jokes that I'm the little old man who buries jars of coins in the yard (I don't, but I have enough savings accounts that it confuses him!!). The hardest thing for me is to realize that I can't "D.I.Y." everything, so I do what I can. I do buy detergent, but I wonder if it costs more than home-made? I don't garden, because the times I've tried, it was too expensive, too stressful and not plentiful! I do fix things around the house myself but I also know when a repair person needs to be called!

    Oh, and you can use Ivory Soup instead of Fels Naptha.

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