Almost a year ago I gave in and made a batch of homemade laundry detergent. After reading so much about it and my own mother's rave reviews, how could I not? A trip to the store for supplies was made - borax, washing soda and bars of Fels Naptha soap.
Once home I grated the soap, which I found was surprisingly easy, added the appropriate amounts of borax and soda and mixed it well. Actually I snapped the lid on the container and shook the heck out of it.
Then I tried it. Seemed fine.
Over the course of the year I had made up two batches of the stuff and used it exclusively to do our laundry. But then I started to notice our stuff started to smell a little funky. Especially the sheets, towels and bathrobes. I washed everything all over again and still funky. Plus our whites weren't really all that white.
I went to the store and bought a small bottle of cheap liquid laundry soap and washed the laundry again. No more odor and the whites are amazingly white once again. Now I am back to using commercial brand detergent.
I was hopeful for a thrifty and environmentally friendly laundry soap alternative but for me this one just wasn't it. Bummer.
How about you? Do you make your own laundry soap? Do you like the way it cleans your clothes?