A few of you have asked about the "recipe" that I've been using for my homemade laundry detergent. I got it from my friend Courtney. Since she has 4 kids too, I knew I could trust her that it really did clean clothes! :) I've been using it for the last 6 months and it works great. It is SO much cheaper than even the cheaper brands, with coupons, from wholesale clubs! Very simple:
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer makes it, but it's not BAKING soda)
1 bar of Ivory Soap, grated up
You use 2 tbsp. per load. The only tricky thing was finding the washing soda. My Wal-mart and Target didn't carry it, but the grocery store did. It and the Borax is with all the other laundry stuff in the aisle, and they're less than $3 a box. I usually triple the recipe and keep it in a big tupperware container. Happy washing!