Why I No Longer Make My Own Laundry Soap.

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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.

Still musty.

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).

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