I was trying to choose which of the laundry soap threads to post on...and this looked like the most recent...
? Haven't been on this site for several months so I am a little out of the loop. Anyway, on one of the other homemade laundry soap threads I noticed that multiple people had issues with stinky towels, grungy whites, and some drain issues in old houses with hard water. And I have to admit I threw in the towel this week on homemade laundry soap.
I really really wanted it to work!! I loved that it was so cheap, I loved making it, and I love the smell of ivory soap. But I had the stinky towel problem, the grungy whites problem, and last week when our whole family had a nasty bout of the stomach bug, I found that my homemade soap--or my homemade soap combined with our hard water, anyway--did NOT do stomach acid! the puke odor remained, after 2-3 washings.
I also had a nasty gray ring around my washer and I was wondering if our clothes were getting clean. Obviously, looking at our not-so-white things, the answer was NO.
I hate the static that I get from commercial detergent, and I sure loved the $$ of the homemade stuff. But I don't have time to keep solving laundry problems! I need to be able to throw it in the washer and wash it. So I went back to my commercial stuff. Even though it's not ideal from a natural standpoint, our clothes finally are clean again.
I saw that a lot of people loved the homemade stuff so obviously it works for some. I think the problem may be our water as well. If you have hard water, or old pipes, you may want to be on the lookout for signs that your homemade soap isn't cutting it, BEFORE your washer is ruined or your drain is clogged.
just my 2 cents.