Is homemade laundry soap really a good idea?

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Don't put acids in the wash water if you're using regular lye-based soap. Acids cause the soap to break down so it doesn't function properly. Use acids only in the rinse water.

Borax or washing soda in the wash water are useful. Baking soda is a waste of money. Borax or washing soda are far more effective.
 

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Don't put acids in the wash water if you're using regular lye-based soap. Acids cause the soap to break down so it doesn't function properly. Use acids only in the rinse water.

Borax or washing soda in the wash water are useful. Baking soda is a waste of money. Borax or washing soda are far more effective.
I think addition of Vinegar is used for the last rinse at least mine is taken almost on finishing the program
I wash once cycle from time to time without any clothes just with a two cups of vinegar, to clean and deodorize
 

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For most people, you're right, @Dahila. But I know for certain some people do say they add acid to the wash water, not the rinse. A post a little earlier in this thread seemed to be saying that. So just in case, I thought I'd chime in.
 
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I switched back to detergents after making my own laundry soap. I just don't like my clothing looking extra dingy. Even when I had the enzymes, the oxiclean, the washing soda and borax.
That really surprises me as I find totally the reverse. I use a chelator in the actual soap along with washing soda and oxcybleach put into the machine, the glass on the front of the machine is not covered in scum so it seems to be working. Laundry is definitely cleaner than when using a detergent. I find soap to be a far more effective cleanser than detergent as long as it has the additives to counteract the the hardness of the water. I also think its important not to be mean with the amount of soap you put into the machine, plus I have not found mixing / grinding it all up together as a master batch works as the particle sizes are different and they tend to separate out where the fine ones sink to the bottom etc. Much better to add each component to the machine in separate scoops so that you know you have the correct and desired dose.
And by the way I am not one of the Gals I am one of the Guys!!! but the washing still has to be done! (sadly).
 

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If the vinegar thing was referring to me, sorry for not being clear. I thought the earlier post saying everyone assumed everyone added vinegar meant in the rinse.
 

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If the vinegar thing was referring to me, sorry for not being clear. I thought the earlier post saying everyone assumed everyone added vinegar meant in the rinse.
Not sure what post it was that made me uncertain, and it doesn't really matter. What does matter is I was getting a little doubtful as I read along what people meant, and I suspect others might be unsure too. We get a lot of newcomers here, and not everyone realizes acids shouldn't be mixed with lye-based soap in the wash water. Best to be clear so everyone is on the same page, rather than assume.
 

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Maybe I’m just doomed to itchy skin!

How do you add vinegar to your rinse water when you don’t have your own washer? I’m not able to open the machine during cycle.
 

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Maybe I’m just doomed to itchy skin!

How do you add vinegar to your rinse water when you don’t have your own washer? I’m not able to open the machine during cycle.
You'd put the vinegar where the fabric softener is supposed to go.

Sadly, I'm stuck flip-flopping between Method and All (my backup detergeant). Method has caused me the least issues to date. I've also tried Ever Spring (Target exclusive, I think). They have a free and clear detergent that was pretty good.

That really surprises me as I find totally the reverse. I use a chelator in the actual soap along with washing soda and oxcybleach put into the machine, the glass on the front of the machine is not covered in scum so it seems to be working. Laundry is definitely cleaner than when using a detergent. I find soap to be a far more effective cleanser than detergent as long as it has the additives to counteract the the hardness of the water. I also think its important not to be mean with the amount of soap you put into the machine, plus I have not found mixing / grinding it all up together as a master batch works as the particle sizes are different and they tend to separate out where the fine ones sink to the bottom etc. Much better to add each component to the machine in separate scoops so that you know you have the correct and desired dose.
And by the way I am not one of the Gals I am one of the Guys!!! but the washing still has to be done! (sadly).
I made a liquid laundry soap after making bars. The bars are more limiting for me.
 
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When my daughter was 4 years old she broke out in a rash all over her body. The doctor recommended to wash everything -- clothes, bed linens -- in DREFT laundry detergent. Worked like a charm. At that time it was in powder form and only one choice. Now it comes in liquid form and a bunch of different choices.

HTH
 

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