Okay, before I get fed up and throw away my 5 gallon bucket of homemade laundry soap, I'm asking for help! I made my own soap using the Duggar recipe (Fels Naptha, Washing Soda and Borax). However, that recipe wanted you to dilute your soap in order to yield 10 gallons. After washing a few loads, I cannot imagine diluting it (I made 5 gallons and stopped adding water). I started washing loads with about 1/2 cup of soap, but now I am adding about 1 cup of soap AND Oxyclean to each load. I have also added essential oils (grapefruit) to help with the smell.
My problem is that our clothes do not really smell different when they come out of the wash. In fact, I can still smell deodorant in the underarms of t-shirts, and no one in our family has an order problem! So you can imagine my frustration. Sure, I would love for our clothes to SMELL clean, but really, I just want to feel like they are actually GETTING clean.
Am I doing something wrong? How can I get my homemade laundry soap to actually clean my laundry?
Thank you for any help you all can offer!
Military spouse to the love of my life, mommy to DS1 (bio, 9/2007), DS2 (ET, 2005), and my DD 8/2010!