Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap-Yay? or Nay?

I am really sorry for anyone who really loves using homemade laundry soap. 
But I unfortunately have to give it a "Nay" review after having tried it myself.

I was very very excited to make my own laundry soap
not only do I save a HUGE amount 
But I felt very accomplished and oh so domestic making it myself.

The process to make it was really easy
Simple ingredients.
Simple instructions.


I extremely enjoyed every time I used my laundry soap.
I dumped that scoop into my laundry machine 
Congratulating myself for how frugal and clever I was.

At first it seemed like a great 
laundry relationship. 
I was even looking forward to making my second batch
in a few months time.

Sadly as time passed in the 6 months of using the soap
my excitement started to dim.
I noticed it first with Judah's clothes.
It took me a couple weeks to figure out where it was coming from
A very distinct, stinky, stinky, smell. 
I couldn't believe how stinky his clothes were.
I realize that some people started adding the Downy Unstoppables to their recipes
but that would just mask the stinkiness it doesn't CLEAN it.
I couldn't tell with the rest of our clothes the same way I could with Judah's 
but then again the rest of us don't get as dirty as he does : ).

I begrudgingly went to the store and bought my regular laundry detergent again,
crying a little inside at the price when it rang up at the register.
I took it home and ran a load through the machines.

When I took the clothes out I was shocked at the difference! 
It was like freshness knocking me off my feet. 
I could even feel a difference in the touch of my clothes.

This is my review of homemade laundry soap. 
I am sad to have to go back to the pricey stuff but happy to have clean clothes.


Tami P said...

I hear you. My parents were the type to use homemade laundry soap for a while and when I was still living with them. It worked, but I like the store bought detergent much better. It works better and I love the different scents you can choose from.

Annie Ostler said...

I LOVE my homemade laundry detergent. I add a splash of vinegar and it gets rid of any smell. Ours has oxy clean and baking soda in it too. But if my clothes smell, you had best let me know!!

Rachael Mulder said...

I tried to make my own using that same recipe and it did not work for me. All our clothes always smelled and not really got or felt clean. Especially with all the little stains Jude got on his clothes, they never came out. They would just build up and get uncleanable! I tried to use them on his cloth diapers too and it did not get them clean. So now we use Tide from Costco! Lucky that my mom bought me a few things of it when she came out because it is expensive!

Annelise said...

Sad day! I love my homemade laundry detergent! We went and smelt our clothes last night to make sure they didn't smell ha ha! I am sorry it didn't work out for ya! We love ours! My sister uses the same recipe I do and she loves it too. Bummer you don't I think I would cry inside too buying tide ha ha.

Alicia said...

The reason it doesn't work like Tide does is because it is "soap" and tide is "detergent". The fats that are used to make soap stay on the clothes and build up over time. The dirt and oils are lifted up and "suspended" in the suds of the detergent and are easily rinsed away. That is the science behind your clothes washing. It is also why they did laundry outside and boiled the water to "melt" the fat in in the boiling water. Now you know why. ;-)