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  1. Mary Brown
    August 23, 2012

    Just might have to try this. Looks like a good idea. :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. christina
    August 23, 2012

    So awesome! That’s how I made my dove body wash yesterday (i only did 90 seconds per dove bar)—go check my fb page to see how I did it-SUPER easy. I did the liquid laundry (using gain dishwashing/borax/washing soda) this go around-I will try this one the next go around!

    • christina
      August 23, 2012

      and i put mine in a glass bowl so it wouldnt spread all over my microwave!

  3. stephanie
    August 23, 2012

    We did that same experiment a few months ago at my moms house- the kids LOVE it! Never thought about making my own detergent with it though- you are smart!

  4. sara
    August 23, 2012

    could this be done with any bar of soap or does it have to be Ivory? I haven’t used Ivory for detergent yet…

    • becca
      August 23, 2012

      Ivory was the soap I read that worked. I tried another brand and it did not work. For whatever reason Ivory is the best!

      • sara
        August 24, 2012

        ok thank you! ;)

      • Kristy
        August 26, 2012

        Fells Naptha works as well and you can find it next to the other ingredients usually. I won’t use Ivory because they use tallow and just harsh chemical surfactants and pthalates that I refuse to put on my skin. I haven’t been able to find the info on Fells Naptha yet, but now I’ll go searching to see if I should use it. :)

      • Kristy
        August 26, 2012

        Correction, it’s Fels Naptha and they also use the same ingredients, so it’s all in what you want to use, really. Homemade soaps with nothing added are also great from what I hear so I will try that.

  5. Virginia
    August 23, 2012

    Thanks for the tip. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Cindy
    August 23, 2012

    I do this with Fels Naptha Soap, but I warm it up to where its soft. Then put it in an old blender used for soap only, and blend it up. So much easier then grating the bar of soap!

  7. Ann Marie
    August 23, 2012

    Just made a HUGE batch of laundry soap this past weekend. I grate my soap with an electric grater, then throw it in the dishwasher, it is only soap after all, isn’t that what you wash your dishes with too?! I actually mix all mine with a box of TIDE, because I find with our water, it just doesn’t keep the whites bright otherwise. But it sure does stretch out that one expensive box of detergent. Next time I will have to keep this in mind and try it with Ivory, and see how that works too.

  8. carolyn
    August 24, 2012

    Quite different from the recipe I’ve used for 3 years……might have to give this a whirl,,,,

  9. Michelle
    August 26, 2012

    Never thought of this method with the bar of soap. I found a $5 salad shooter at the thrift storeto use for my bars. I could have saved $5 if I’d known this method!! Recently I found a laundry recipe that added 1 bottle of Purex Crystals to your same recipe and was really impressed with it. It’s a laundry enhancer. Even adding this it’s STILL cheaper than traditional laundry detergent. They also gave you the option of 3 bars Fels Naptha, OR Zote. Have heard different soaps act differently in different water ph so we should try different ones for best results.

    • Heather
      May 23, 2013

      If you look at the ingredients in the Purex Crystals is primarily salt & fragrance. You can use epsom salt & mix it with essential oils & you have a very similar product. I just made a batch using a 2 lb box of epsom salt (88 cents at Wal-Mart with about 30 drops of essential oils {Michael’s around $5 but it lasts a while & I got a coupon online which made it cheaper (= }

  10. Roma
    September 4, 2012

    First time here! You have lovely daughters Becca and can I just say your photos are gorgeous! :) Keep it up and just continue making and experimenting and succeeding! Haha! Those words are almost synonymous for me! :D

  11. Real Housewives of Minnesota
    February 6, 2013

    Loved this method! I’ve grated soap for homemade laundry detergent before and it is NOT fun. I loved this method so much more, and will continue to use it for my next batches! I even added your idea and linked to your site on my latest post here: realhousewivesofmn.com/2013/02/06/homemade-laundry-detergent-recipe/

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  12. Karen
    March 9, 2013

    You can also use the “exploded’ ivory soap while it is warm and add flower petals and essencial oils to it and reform into smaller balls to give as gifts

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    April 10, 2013

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  18. Tuesday
    December 6, 2013

    Thank you so very much sharing , grating that soap was the worst!!!

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    Thank you for the microwave / soap trick! You just saved us a lot of time AND provided a fun experiment!!!
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    July 18, 2014

    I just tried it with Lever 2000 and it works. Praise the Lord.This is my first time making laundry detergent and I thought I might lose a finger grating the soap. Thank you!

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  25. Heather
    August 27, 2014

    We loved this. It was fun and efficient. But I’m wondering if you guys found the smell of the soap and the powder it made overwhelming to the senses? It made us cough and sneeze. Did you have this problem? Going to break it up outside next time.

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    I think this is a great idea and I really want to give it a go. But I was just wondering if it is good for cold water wash, and do you ever have any reisidue left on your clothing.

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    Hello. Here is my recipe. I grate one 14oz bar of pink zote soap. I love the smell. I let it sit on a sheet pan for couple days to dry it out. I then use 1 1/2 c each borax and washing soda. I put a small amount of each into my magic bullet. Small amounts at a time wont hurt it. It blends wonderfully into a baby powdery mix. Drying out the zote makes it pulverize very well. I use 2 tab per load, 4 tab for very dirty smelly loads. I also use vinegar in a downy ball for the rinse. My clothes are squeaky clean. Ive used this for about 3 years and have been very satisfied. Our walmart here in north mississippi carries everything. I love the zote soap smell.

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