Though I've been making laundry detergent for around 2 years now, I decided a couple months ago to take a break from it.
Because it just doesn't work as good as store bought!
It's cheaper... insanely cheaper. It's easy to make and make a lot of. It keeps well. It doesn't have any smell to it. It's sooo much cheaper (did I mention that already?).
But the issue I have with it is that it seems to build up in the clothes. I notice my towels and my washcloths don't absorb. I don't mind non-sparkling clothes (we are farmers and cows don't care if our shirts are extra white), but the absorbancy issue drives me insane. I want to be able to bend down and wipe up a spill and actually wipe it up.
I've tried tweaking the amounts of borax, washing soda, and soap; but it hasn't helped.
I used to use my own laundry soap for 3 months or so and then buy a really small bottle of soap to kind of strip the clothes/towels down and help with the absorbancy. Then once it was gone, start using homemade again. And so on.
I may start that up again, but I'm hoping someone out in the blog world has some advice to give about stopping the build up with homemade detergent. I use vinegar as a fabric softener already. Is there another something to add to it to help?