I have seen SO many posts over the years about saving money by making your own laundry soap. I think it’s a good idea, in theory. However, I learned a tough lesson about this more than 25 years ago. My mother-in-law found some laundry soap that was on a “great sale” and she gave me some of it.
I was a young working Mom with a toddler, so didn’t really think too much about it. I just dumped in load after load of laundry with this bargain basement laundry soap. However, after a couple of loads, I started to notice that all our clothes had started to fade. Our jeans looked dingy, my husband’s dark work blue work shirts looked about two shades lighter than the ones I hadn’t washed in this detergent, and worst of all, some of my more expensive work clothes were looking noticeably faded and dingy. The sad part was, we were a young couple on a budget – the clothes were all permanently faded, but we still had to wear them for months and months.
That’s the problem with something like this. Yes, you may save a few bucks by making your own laundry soap, and you may manage to find a recipe for it that is awesome and better for your clothes than a commercial soap, but what if you don’t. What if you pull someone’s soap recipe off some post on a blog, and it’s just a little bit “off” as this one was.
I’m no scientist – I don’t know how much of this ingredient or that one does it take to the clothes nice and clean without ruining them like this other detergent did. And when you put a load of laundry in the washer, it may have $200-$300 worth of clothes in it. And if you happen to be a busy Mom like me, who isn’t paying close attention, you may ruin thousands of dollars worth of clothes. Yikes….