Saturday August 25, 2007

     A friend and I are wondering about homemade laundry soap.  I’d love to hear from those of you who have made and used your own. 

     IF you have used homemade laundry soap,
     AND IF you have used it for, say, at least three months
     AND IF you have children, we’d love to hear your thoughts.  Were you pleased with the results from the homemade soap?  Did your clothing come out clean and fresh smelling?  Did you have to use any additives to keep your whites bright?   Most homemade soaps claim that you only need to use a very, very small amount (1 Tablespoon for a small load, 2 Tablespoons for a large front loader), did you find this to be true, or did you need to use more?  Did you use any other additives or enhancers (OxyClean, vinegar rinse, etc.)?

     I would be more than grateful for your input.  Thanks!

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10 comments to Saturday August 25, 2007

  • Hello,

    Cheryl,

    I have a recipe from a friend I can give you. I have a HE front loader like you do and the company told me not to use homemade washing stuff in it. To use only HE washing liquid. They said it would ruin the machine so I haven’t taken the chance. Let me know if you want the recipe.

    Blessings,

    Elizabeth

  • I used it for about 4 months. My 5 gallon bucket would have lasted longer. After awhile I noticed my clothes had a not so clean look. Kind of like a haze on them. Plus they started to get a smell to them.
    I just felt they were grungy looking and smelling. So I’m back to buying my soap. I so wanted it to work out. It would have saved us money. Dh used the last of it to wash the car. It left a film all over it. I’m assuming that is what was happening to our clothes.

    I have also heard it isn’t good for certain machines.
    Hope that was some help.:)

  • I used it for about 4 months. My 5 gallon bucket would have lasted longer. After awhile I noticed my clothes had a not so clean look. Kind of like a haze on them. Plus they started to get a smell to them.
    I just felt they were grungy looking and smelling. So I’m back to buying my soap. I so wanted it to work out. It would have saved us money. Dh used the last of it to wash the car. It left a film all over it. I’m assuming that is what was happening to our clothes.

    I have also heard it isn’t good for certain machines.
    Hope that was some help.:)

  • Cherly,

    Here is the link to my friends web site where she has step by step instructions for making washing soap.

    http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap2.htm

    Let me know if you need more help.

    Elizabeth

  • Elizabeth – Thanks, but we already have a recipe we’re considering.  However, thanks for the heads up that it might damage an HE front loader.

    CountryMom40 – Thanks.  This is just the sort of info I was looking for.  The folks that post the recipes tend to not give long term follow ups. 

    Anyone else????

  • I tried it once, YEARS ago…  I find TIDE is that best value because it actually cleans the clothes, gets stains out and keeps them smelling fresh… the other just didn’t work for us…  I had 3 little ones at the time that got VERY DIRTY outside…

  • Hi Cheryl,

    You are welcome. Read the mannual  that came with her washer and it will tell you about washing soap. I tried to use regular bleach in my machine and it won’t work. I had to go back and get Clorox HE Also I had to get Woollite HE also. Since using all HE products my machine is running so much better. It has really cut our light bill down also.

    Blessings,

    Elizabeth

  • I have tried powdered and liquid homeade laundry soap.  It was fine when I had a regular top loading washing machine.  We bought a Maytag high-effenciancy front loading washing machine.  It started to leak water out from around the door when it was spinning.  When I switched back to commercial detergent designed for high effenciancy machines, the problem stopped.  My children have allergies to perfumes and dyes, so homeade was better for their skin!  In my experience, it was great, but I can’t use it now because of the problems with my washing machine!  It doesn’t save us enough money to pay for a new washing machine!

  • Thanks for the comments ladies…..

  • Hello…I’ve made homemade liquid laundry soap several times. (I have a top loading washer.)

    At first, I liked it because I thought I was saving all kinds of money on detergent.

    However, I found the same thing that one of the other ladies did, that, after awhile, it just didn’t seem that the clothes were getting as clean as they could be, and they didn’t have that freshly-laundered smell (which is important to me).

    My husband works on our cars, and repairs old bicycles, so his clothes, especially his jeans, tend to get very dirty with some grease stains.

    We both noticed that the homemade soap didn’t do a good job on removing the grease. I’d hang the jeans on the line and think they looked nearly as dirty after washing as they did before.

    Needless to say, I’ve gone back to buying laundry detergent too. I find that buying store brands, or brands on sale, isn’t much more expensive than the ingredients used in the homemade soap, but the store-bought detergents do a much better job on our clothes.

    I think it’s fun using homemade laundry soap the first few times, simply because of the novelty. For real cleaning power though, I’d have to say I prefer the store-bought detergents.

    Thank you for your blog–it’s one of the first I ALWAYS visit.

    Have a wonderful day!