After sharing my recipe for making powder detergent, I thought it might be a good idea to post how I wash cold water loads. For that, I prefer to use my homemade liquid detergent. It doesn’t require grating (yay) and is so insanely easy to do. Once you learn the recipe, you will likely never go back to store-bought again.
There are many variations of how exactly to make up a batch of powder laundry detergent. Most utilize the same basic ingredients, but with varying suggestions on the amount. These are my tried and true recipes which I find are far superior to store-bought in both the level of cleanliness and in helping to keep my machine free from build-up.
How To Adjust Washing Machine Water Levels – One of my biggest frustrations of late has been my new front load washing machine. I recently bought a whole new set, shiny and pretty to look at, with all of its futuristic buttons that light up and make Close Encounters of the Third Kind music. I guess they have to add all that new fangled stuff to keep you from paying attention to the fact that you will no longer be getting clean laundry. Can I please have my 1990s machine back, now?
(Why Your Washing Machine Smells – Photo by Well-Designed Interiors)
Back when the front load washers were just first coming out on the market, I was so thrilled to be getting a new set. I had dreamed of the day when I no longer needed to make a trip to the laundry mat or to use the cleaners for my larger items. Then, the day came and I gladly handed over the cash for my two new beauties. Little did I know, at the time, that I was about to embark upon one of the most challenging household problems that I had yet to encounter – the dreaded front loader stink!