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Bathroom Cleaner
Dehydrating Your Own Potatoes
Designer' Oatmeal
Flavorprints of Spices and Herbs
Homemade Anti-Bacterial Spray
Homemade Wipes -- These are NOT all just for babies
Laundry Soap
Home made Mixes
Seasoning Cast Iron Pans
Softening Your Clothes
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Teething Biscuits
Laundry Soap

This will cost you only around $7 a year to make your own soap!
You will need:
Bar of Ivory soap
1 cup of washing soda (Arm and Hammer for example)
Fill large bucket or container with 3 gallons of hot tap water.  Grate the bar of soap into a saucepan.  Add just enough water to cover the soap, and heat, stirring constantly until soap is dissolved.  Add soap/water mixture to the hot water in the bucket.  Stir to combine.  Add 1 cup of washing soda and stir (do not mix up these steps).  As this cools, it will turn into a white gelatanious soap.  Thickness depends on the size of bucket used.  Use 1 1/2 to 2 cups per load of laundry.  You can add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the load as well.  Use 1/2 cup vinegar in a downy ball as a softner (the vinegar smell does not stay in your clothes).
Fels Naptha Laundry Soap
1/3 bar Fels Naptha laundry soap -- grated    
1/2 cup  washing soda
1/2 cup  borax
Put 1/3 bar of grated Fels Naptha in a pan with 3 pints of water, and heat until dissolved. Stir in: 1/2 cup Washing soda and 1/2 cup Borax.  Mix until it thickens like honey. Remove from heat. In a two gallon bucket, put 1 quart of hot water, then add the soap. Mix. Fill bucket with cold water. Mix until well blended. Set aside for 24 hours. It will gel up. Use 1/2 cup for each load.
One note:  NEITHER of these recipes produces a lot of suds when you put the detergent in with your wash.  It still cleans well though - and the ivory smells pretty good too.  Oh, and one other note <g> - the fels naptha bar soap can also be used like a "stain stick" - I dampen the fabric & rub the soap onto the extra tough stains.