1) Are you talking about the concentrate or when you try to dilute it?
That was for the concentrate! Needless to say, I did not dilute it, because, well... you know.
3) How much water did you add? Are you sure you're using a 5-gallon bucket? ...
4) Were your Borax and washing soda "good?"...
6) Did you let it set up in a cool place overnight? Was the lid on tight?
I am using a much smaller bucket, actually (about 2 gallon) which I thought would give me a super concentrate. Shows what I know! It was what I had on hand. I'll be going to Home Depot to invest in a good bucket next time.
The Borax and washing soda were brand new and powdery. So I'm hoping they were good!
And... ahem, I did not put the lid on tight. I mean, I thought
I did, but when I ventured down the next morning, it was skewed. I have curious kitties who probably chose to investigate, and if it wasn't on tight to begin with, then they had an easy time of it!
I'll try correcting the things I did incorrectly. Thanks so much
for taking the time to answer my questions! I'm determined to get this right.
I'm guessing that my stirring time and a not-tight lid were my biggest downfalls, based on your advice.
Oh, and EvelynnFox, I used Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap, since it's my boyfriend's favorite. None of our clothes came out smelling pepperminty, though, which I found just a bit disappointing. Oh well, the laundry room smells like a candy cane, so I guess that's something!