I've been using this laundry powder for quite some time now, but have noticed some clothes slowly becoming dingy. And occasionally a bit musty. I wonder why this is? Do the powdered ingredients not mix together well? Is my water-saving, front-loading machine horribly inefficient at cleaning? Is my hard well water just difficult to clean with? Are all people who use homemade laundry soap relegated to having slightly dirty-appearing clothes? The whole thing kind of has me wanting to run out and buy some Tide.
But I'm not giving up quite yet. I did a little more research, and I'm pretty sure the issues I'm having are related to our hard water. So, I've switched things up a bit for the past month, and so far I'm liking the results much better. Here's a run-down of my current routine:
*I've started making this liquid soap, which I've found to be far superior to the powdered version. I still use the Dr. Bronner's soap, but dissolving it in this way seems to make it more effective.
*I use a whole cup per load, rather than just 1/4 cup.
*I put a little white vinegar in the rinse cycle.
*I use the shortest cycle possible to minimize the time my clothes are in the water.
Do you make your own laundry soap? How has it worked for you?
**Edited to add: Check out my updated formula HERE