Well I finally tried it and so far I am thrilled with the results!!!! I made my own powdered laundry detergent- wahoo!!!! I picked powdered over liquid simply for storage reasons. I still pre treat stains as clothes go in the hamper with Zout- and so far this concoction of all natural cleaners has passed the test!
You will need . . .
2 cups of ivory snow (if you can't find snow, grate 2 cups of an ivory bar into the mixture)
1 cup of borax
1 cup of washing soda
1/2 cup powdered Purex 2 (or any color safe bleach)
Mix together in a sealable container and add two heaping tablespoons to the water in your laundry machine before adding clothes.
***shake it up every time you use it***
Also pour a cup of vinegar into your machines fabric softener dispenser to get soft clothes every time- with no extra smells!
The best part of this was a years worth of all of the ingredients cost 10 dollars!!! Imagine the savings over the year.
I found all of my ingredients at a local large supermarket chain.