Awhile back I noticed that Rachel started using homemade laundry detergent and then I noticed that she wasn't using it anymore and gave her reasons here. Since all of this I have gotten a new washer and dryer. So now is my time to make a difference and help save a buck or two since I am using less water now.
Last night I grated 1 bar of Fels Naptha and mixed it with 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda. I then asked my husband if he had anything that was so dirty that after I washed it I would be able see a difference with my eyes and it just not smell clean. He said yes and I grabbed a pair of jeans with a mustard stain on them from earlier that day. I did no pre treating of any kinda and added 1/4 cup of my concoction above (1/2 for top loader) and started the washer. When I took out the jeans they were damp but I couldn't see any mustard. I put them in the dryer and this morning ta-da the mustard was really gone. So now I am washing a load of whites and will be stopping back by Publix this week to get another bar of Fels Naptha to make more.
This recipe and many more I plan to warm my husband up to came from TipNut. Check them out, they have tons of cool things and one day I stayed after work 2 hours yes I said TWO just browsing their site.
Extra Details: My washer and dryer are front loading and require only HE detergents which I have only seen in liquid form so I wasn't sure where to put the powder mix. So I added the detergent where you would add the liquid detergent. I checked the drawer 10 minutes later and it was clean, free of powdered detergent so it washes it out I guess.