....I just finished up with the laundry and I'm happy that task is over. I used to make my own laundry soap from the recipes that circulate the Internet. I still do at times because I make my own handcrafted soap, and the ugly failed batches get put into the laundry gel bucket. It works fine and it keeps those batches from ultimately going to waste.
Recently, while between scraps, I found a sale on Sears Ultra Plus Detergent. It was $22.99 for a 275 load size. That works out to about 8 cents a load in a top loading machine.....much less than other national brands, so I decided to give it whirl.
I've used it now for many loads, and I have to say that it's the best bargain out there. It cleans as well as the more expensive products, even on nasty, DISGUSTING clothes, and leaves the clothes smelling clean, not perfumed like a tropical fruit smoothie.
If you have an HE front loader, this detergent is an even better value. It's HE certified, but unlike most of the HE detergents out there, you only use half a scoop in a front loader (makes me wonder about some of the other detergents). That works out to 4 cents of chemical for a family size load.....a really CLEAN load of clothes.
For that price, I'm only making my own laundry soap again if I have scraps.