Home-Made Laundry Soap ….and a question!

Home-Made Laundry Soap ….and a question!

So I had been interested in making my own laundry soap for awhile now and I finally did it last weekend! I had originally planned on making powder but when the recipe I used made so little, I found a liquid recipe that would use the amount of dry product I had. I used Ivory bar soap, borax and washing soda. I had to grate the Ivory soap which took awhile but I did it while I watched TV. There were many recipes online. I looked for the most simple. Well it didn't come out perfect because I had started out wanting to make powder soap but instead of melting the soap in boiling water, I added boiling water to my dry powder mixture. It's clumpy but smells clean, and most of all it's been fine in my washer and my clothing is clean! Has anyone else attempted to make their own laundry detergent? I've been thinking about adding a scent to my next batch but my first batch should last for awhile....and it's cheap! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now for my question... My boyfriend got me a little green machine: http://www.amazon.com/Bissell-Multi-Purpose-Compact-Earth-Friendly-Cleaner/dp/B0016HF5GK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1267676526&sr=8-1 It's been working out well! but when I used it on the rug in the kitchen (yes, unfortunately my kitchen is carpeted in this apartment!) it dried and left behind like white...mineral deposits. What are the splotches and stuff left over? The rug is dark green and blue and the stains look awful:(
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