Does It Work: Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

As you can see, I have used about 1/2 a gallon of my homemade liquid laundry soap.  That works out to 8 loads so far.  And the burning question on everyone’s mind?

Does it work?

Sort of.  I’ve done whites in hot water, whites in cold water, colors in cold water, and 2 loads of baby clothes in cold water.  Here’s what I’ve found:

1 ) The clothes all smelled clean, as in not funky.

2 ) For the most part the clothes looked clean.  I noticed that the whites looked a tad grungy – not bright, and that some stains merely faded rather than went away.

3) It takes more effort to use than conventional liquid detergent.  You have to really shake the jug up to break up the goo inside and then it slops and splashes into your cup.

4) The recipe used produced almost 3 1/2 gallons of soap.  That’s alot of soap to store and we don’t have much room in this tiny house.

Will I do this again?  Not with this recipe.  Perhaps the Coco Castille soap is too mild to be used for the laundry.  I could try again with Fels-Naptha, which is a true laundry soap bar.  On the other hand, making, using, and storing liquid soap takes more effort than using my tried and true powdered detergent recipe. 

The verdict:  I was not crazy about the liquid soap and how it cleaned.  I love my powder laundry soap recipe and the results I get from that.  I don’t see any reason to make the liquid soap again.

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