I don't normally do reviews of anything. But on this one I had to. Miss MaggieRaye published an article on the Gleaning The Harvest website a bit ago, concerning making your own laundry soap and other cleaning products. I have wanted to try the homemade laundry soap for quite some time, and now that we are in our own place, it was the perfect opportunity.
I bought my washing soda, Borax, and for my batch, Ivory bar soap. I can't find a lot of bar soap that is usable by my family, as 3 of the 4 of us suffer from excezema, and most just irritate what is already an irritating problem. Ivory happens to be one of the "safe" soaps for us.
I gathered my supplies, followed Miss MaggieRaye's steps, and it was so simple, it makes me wonder what took me so long! It does as she says, and turns to a gel, so you need to remix it before you use it. What I did was store the main batch in a large pail with a lid (one batch made about 1/4 of a 5 gallon pail). I then used an old Arm & Hammer laundry soap bottle I had, and filled it, allowing a little space. This allowed me to shake the bottle to mix up the soap, so it wasn't a thick gel, and easier to pour.
It is now 3 weeks later, and I just refilled the bottle again with the remaining batch from the first time. I got about 3/4 of a bottle with what I had left. Now, to let you know how far this first bottle went...we have 8 people in our house currently. One a baby, and one a toddler (you KNOW how much laundry they produce)...their clothes may be little, but they go through a lot of them lol.
Then we have 3 adults, and 3 teens. So as you can see, that is a lot of laundry, just in clothing alone. Never mind all the towels for showers, etc.
I expect the last 3/4 of a bottle to last me almost as long. One thing I REALLY, REALLY like about it is that my towels are not overly soft. I am one of those who prefers a bit of a "scratch" to my towels when I dry off. This comes from a tip I learned years ago, about adding too much softener to a laundry load actually makes the towels less absorbent. It is true. You are basically coating your clothing.
The other thing I like about doing laundry with this soap is the fact that there are not a ton of perfumes in it. It is a simple Ivory smell, and while initially strong when coming right out of the bottle, there is no smell when it is done washing.
I am planning on letting the dryer take a rest, since my electric bill has doubled in the last month, with the new additions to the house, so I may keep a small bottle of liquid fabric softener on hand, and add a drop or two to each load, only so we don't have overly scratchy clothes. Can't wait to hang a clothesline outside once warmer weather is here.
So, if you have a desire to try homemade laundry soap, I HIGHLY recommend Miss MaggieRaye's recipe. You won't be sorry :)