There is a HUGE trend out there to make your own laundry soap, hand soap, bath soap, shampoo, and everything else imaginable out there. I will admit, I’ve been tempted to jump on the band wagon by the promises of it being more “healthy, natural and less expensive.”
Come to find out, I was actually fortunate to have been lazy (for once) when it came to my laundry soap! First, I should mention, I have a front loading, high efficiency (HE) washing machine. So, if you DON’T have one of these AMAZING machines, this most likely doesn’t apply to you.
I have a very good friend who HAS been making her own soap for a little over a year. She too has raved about how cheap it is and how much cleaner she feels her clothes are. A few weeks ago, her washer broke. She called the repairman and when he got there, he discovered that the bearings on her machine had gone out. Then he asked the question “Do you make your own laundry soap?” She wondered if it could really, truly make a difference and asked him if it makes a difference. To which he responded (and I’m gonna highlight it, cuz this is the important part)
“With High Efficiency, Front loading washing machines, homemade soaps and detergents will EAT the plastic which will destroy the seals and the motor. ”
It will WHAT?!! The homemade soap will literally corrode the plastic seals that protect the motor and/or the seals that keep the water inside the machine instead of spilling out the door. Both are expensive fixes and it could be less to buy a brand new machine!!
So- long story short, my friend (bless her heart!) saved a few dollars when she was making her own soap but instead of her machine lasting for 10 years, It is now dead after 4 (may it rest in pieces). Now, she is in the market for a brand new machine and the $$ she has saved over the last year on making her own soap looks like pennies when compared to what she is going to need to get a new machine.
My advise, INVEST in a good, HE laundry detergent to save you a big headache and an even bigger bill! Your machine will be happy, and so will you!