For years I made my own laundry soap. I researched several recipes. You know the ones- with a grated bar of soap, and oxygen powder and borax and washing soda… Yeah. I made it for years. Laundry soap for a penny a load?! I’m all over that.
And then… we started stinking. Wasn’t huge at first, it was subtle and musty. I couldn’t figure out why. Then it got stronger the more we went on. Why are our clothes not smelling fresh? I even added the cap full of the blue popular scent booster- you know, the same one that says it makes them fresh for up to 12 weeks.
I ended up soaking 1 load and the color the water was was nasty. (I wish I had taken a picture!) It would have grossed y’all out. I’m sure you can find a picture if you want to gag.
I did more research into it.
Basically it’s water softeners with no where near enough soap to clean anything, let alone an entire load of laundry! I knew it was too good to be true. But it gets worse…
Oh God. What did I do to my babies?! They ended up getting burns from the ammonia left in their cloth diapers. I foolishly believed the EXPENSIVE soap company that claimed that they were for diapers and you only used the tiniest amount to avoid “detergent buildup”… NO MORE! I still cloth diaper, but I have learned so much. My poor babies. I don’t ever want them to feel that again.
Since I switched, my kids don’t smell funky anymore. Yeah, that’s a hard truth to take when you become nose-blind to it.
What do we use now? Well, without getting paid, I switch between Tide and Gain, depending on what I have a coupon for. I still use the cap of smell-good stuff. And I’ll use the oxygen powder on occasion too- when my husband’s uniform is just too dirty from work or my kids are “extra kid-ish” that week and need some ground-in-mud removal.
And yes, I still have my washboard and the bar of laundry soap for “special” occasions (like when the power goes out or I have to hand-wash something).