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Towels Washed in Homemade Soap Not Absorbent

I'm a recent convert to using home made laundry soap. The ingredients I use are: washing soda, borax, and grated Ivory soap or Fels Naptha. After about 8 months of using this mixture (in a water base, not as a dry soap), I have noticed that none of our towels absorb moisture very well any more. It's really frustrating especially when you're cleaning up a mess or just stepping out of the shower! I mean, why even bother? Does anyone know if one of the ingredients I'm using would contribute to this situation? Help!


By Cheryl

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May 28, 20130 found this helpful

Maybe they are not getting rinsed out enough. If these ingredients were building up in the fabric they might repel water.

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