I love this, it has a fresh clean smell, never any problem with it, gets my clothes sooooo clean!
I use a recipe similar to this I found online. The recipe I use calls for exact measurements of water and it yields 2 gallons. Other than the water amounts the rest of ingredients are the same. Yes, it is supposed to be a gel like substance. It helps to stir or shake before each use. We have a front loader that uses conserves water and I have had no trouble using this soap on anything. At first I worried the fels naptha would be too strong for my toddler but it's fine. It gets your clothes super clean without leaving any residue behind. I have used a downy ball with white vinegar in the rinse but found it wasn't necessary. I've given this laundry soap to friends and all have raved over it and ask for the recipe. As much laundry as I do, it costs pennies a load now. I've been making my own laundry soap since spring 2009.
This is my recipe too! (I got it from The Queen of Clean.) I add about 10 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil to it. LOVELY!
I have used this for the last year or so. I have to say after trying it as a laundry detergent I did not like it. My whites would turn grey and it seemed like it would "eat up" my towels. It is very strong in that way I think. But we LOVE it as a cleaner and put it in a spray bottle. If you want to see your kitchen sink and faucets shine, you have to try this. I couldn't find anything that would clean my textured shower floor and thought I would just pour some in and scrub that way....wherever it laid it was white under there...that was before scrubing it! We love the smell...I will use ZEST 'clean linen' scent and just a touch of lavender in it. I would say just be careful and test a small spot before trying it the first time on something new to make sure you have good results with it. (Don't put it on anything painted)
I have been using a version of this for at least 2 years, not sure how long exactly. I love it. It's very easy to make, I make about 3 gallons at a time. I think i gets clothes just as clean as commercial laundry detergent and i do not miss the fragrance. You can always add your own if you like the smelly stuff but I don't personally like it. It's a great recipe and it's cheap. It's also great for sensitive skin.
I use this all the time. We really like that it doesn't make a lot of suds. We haven't had any trouble with "gray" clothes as one person had and our clothes always come out clean smelling even without the essential oil added. Sometimes I will add grapefruit essential oil or lemon just because I like the citrus smell We also use vinegar put in a downy ball as a rinse Lots cheaper than storebought. You can find washing soda on internet.
I use this same laundry soap. Except I add 1 capful of Febreze Laundry Odor Remover. Which makes the detergent smell like Commercial Detergent. This soap does clean clothes just as well as any detergent. For stain removal pre-treat the stain by wetting it and rub the bar of Fels-Naptha on the wet stain. Scub spot with toothbrush. Fels-Naptha will get out most any stains. Including yellow formula stains and grease. Even on items that have been previously washed.
This stuff will clean just about anything. I have a glass stovetop and yesterday some water from potatoes boiled over and burned into the stovetop. Normally I would scrub ever so gently with the 'recommended' (and very expensive) cleaner. This time I put a bit of this soap gel on the area and let it set about an hour. When I came back I was able to remove this burned on stuff with a washcloth and no scrubbing at all! Awesome!!!
This works and it is very economical! I add 1 capful of a commercial detergent that is too strong smelling for my family to use alone but it does impart a subtle fragrance when added to the 2 qts of detergent. I am passing this on to my mom. Thanks for posting!
I made up this recipe using my own homemade liquid soap and found that it worked (suprisingly) very well. The primary reason for making my own detergent was for the fact that every time I opened the lid I would almost gag on the concentrated smell and would have to turn my head and hold my breath. Since I make both liquid and hard soap, I have options as to what detergent I want to use! Great recipe...I will use this one again!