Homemade Laundry Soap Questions (UPDATE as of 2007)

I am going to attempt to give a few answers here to the most often asked questions on this laundry detergent as I get way to many emails on this for me to answer individually anymore.

If you don’t see your question answered here I suggest you visit my forum and see if you can find the answers there..

I am no longer able to answer laundry soap question via email!

One question I often get is whether or not you can use the laundry soap in HE (High Efficiency) machines.

~~ First, what I share on this site is from my own personal experience. I don’t have an HE machine so I don’t have any personal experience to share with you on this.

I have had many ladies with HE machines email me or mention on my boards that they have HE machines and they use this soap and they don’t have problems.

The consistency of the soap is another common question. I have answered but will attempt to be more clear.

~~It will be a liquid gel.. or a liquid with bits of gel in it or as some ladies have described it: Egg Noodle Soup consistency. If it is more or less gelled it still works.. if it did not gel at all (it can still be used), next time add more soap. Some ladies have said they add the whole bar of Fels Naptha.. play around with the recipe until you get the results you desire. :)

I occasionally get emails from ladies telling that the soap did not clean badly soiled or smelly clothes well..

~~I find the soap works fine for every day dirt and grime.. if I have extra dirty clothes then I will often add a scoop of Oxyclean to the load

***Some ladies have found that they like a little extra cleaning boost to the recipe so they double the amount of borax and washing soda.. this only very mildly effects the cost and may help if you feel you need that.

Also…   Does this really clean the clothes?
~~WELL…  I have been using it for over a year now and am completely convinced we are wearing clean clothes..  LOL..   soooo…  just try it and see with you think..
And I have had some unusually questions too..  like the soap became a solid gel.. do you think it was because of temperatures? 
You know..  I have no idea..  remember ladies I am just one homemaker sharing my experiences with you and I don’t have every answer..  take the time to just learn and experiment on your own..   that is what makes this so fun!