Remember when I bought that Beehive Soap Laundry detergent? I really really liked that stuff. It worked great, light but good scent, and made me want to try making my own. Especially after I stumbled on this site where it turns out that my Kirkland 'environmentally friendly' soap isn't so much (Method soap - not so much either!).
So I did. After some research, I mostly followed this idea. Basically just washing soda + castille soap.
The food processor made short work out of it, and I was left with a bag of lemon laundry soap. Well that was easy!
HOWEVER. Not happy with it. I've been trying different 'add-ins': baking soda, tea tree oil, vinegar, borax*, and different amounts of soap, and I'm just not feeling it. I don't think my clothes have been smelling quite clean enough. And I'm not talking perfume. We never use heavily perfumed soap anyway. Just not quite clean enough. In desperation last night I used extra soap, and all of the above and ran our whites again. Husband says not good enough still.
Well, Beehive Soap will be at Craft Lake City this weekend, hopefully I can pick up some more of the good stuff! Otherwise my fave soap is the ECOS brand at Costco. Which I didn't find on that site...
I wonder if you really do need hot water for homemade soap? We never use hot water, and I'd rather not start. Would the oxi-clean help? I didn't have any on hand. Hmmmm... Any suggestions welcome!
*On borax: We had some on hand for a slime experiment a while back so I've tried using it, but I think would rather not if I can get away with it. Not too concerned about the safety of it, but doesn't seem environmentally friendly.