with the help of a good friend, i finally got around to making my own laundry soap. this was a super simple project (tackled while taking care of four kids!). we used the soulemama recipe, which calls for dr. bronner's bar soap, baking soda, borax and washing soda. all were available at my grocery store. math is not my forte, but i can tell you with 100% certainty that making your own laundry powder is far cheaper than buying it at the store. less packaging, too.
does it work as well? eh, i don't know. stains are stains, and my eco-friendly detergent isn't that tough on them either. we practice pre-treating and sunning instead. the soap smells good and the clothes and towels are, for the most part, very clean. and that's good enough for me!