Some clothes need very gentle cleaning so for those the answer is yes. Regarding other clothes look at the formula you are using. Are there any harsh chemicals in it? Compare it to the ingredients in regular laundry soap. I have read that clothes aren’t as white with the home made version but that could be because they don’t include any type of bleach, dry or liquid. Ask whoever told you that, why. Maybe they have a better explanation.
This is my first time using a message board. Please bear with me. I think I sent a reply but couldn’t find it. Yes, homemade soap is safe for anything you want to use it for like bathing, shampoos, dishes, hands, laundry. I made soap for many, many years. I don’t have a farm now nor a country house to be able to make soap. It worked all the time I raised children. I did add 1/2 cup of salt or sugar to make the soap sudsy.
Hi Deanne!! Maybe you could try using a small amount of soap fragrances like they sell at Jo-Ann Fabrics and other craft stores. If you use your 40% off coupon or buy them on clearance, it could be inexpensive. These are intended for homemade fancy soaps, but you could try them. Another idea is to buy deodorizer fragrances from Don Aslett’s website. They come in orange, baby powder, lemon, mint, and green apple for people who like to scent their cleaners. You only use a capful as it is concentrated. (7.95/qt.) Probably other cleaning sites have similar products. I just happen to know he does. (I’m not trying to promote him, just giving ideas.) Debby