Anyone make and love theirs?
I'm having a few problems. First of all, has anyone figured out a way to keep liquid from seperating? If I go two days without using it, it makes a pretty hard crust at the top that can be a pain to deal with.
More importantly, does yours actually Clean clothes? I have two little boys and a husband who works with fireplaces all day, and the dirt just does not come out. I can get it out by pre-scrubbing them with homemade lye soap, but if I don't put in that effort, the clothes come out smelling and feeling clean, but you can see all the dirt in the knees of the pants. Also if my shirts get oil spattered while cooking none of that oil comes out.
The recipe I'm working with uses washing soda, salt, borax, castille soap, GSE, and water. I've used shredded bar soap before instead of castille, but it was super clumpy and my friend read that it's no good for HE washers due to it causing lots of build up. I also add vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Just to add one more thing- I'm hoping to set up gray water with the laundry. Does anyone do this and are your trees still alive?