I promised a report after using the first batch of homemade detergent and I’m happy to report that it was a success. I got about 6 weeks out of that batch and I’m quite pleased with that for the cost, which was considerabley less than the equivalent in commercial detergent. I never saw any excess sudsing, which was important to me with my h.e. washer. I still use my Oxyclean when I’m doing lights or whites, only use chlorine bleach about once a month on my whites, and pre-treat stains, if necessary. I didn’t see any difference in the results of how clean things came out.
I did begin using white vinegar in my rinse dispenser and I’m pleased with that, too. I haven’t used any fabric softeners for many years because of skin sensitivities and the oily residue it leaves on the fibers. I use rubber dryer balls when I use the dryer, but it’s even better with the vinegar and terribly cheap.
So don’t be afraid to go for the recipe and it works safely with the h.e. washers!