A few years ago, I found out I had a fungal infection in my sinuses. This caused me to get migraines when around scents such as perfume, air fresheners, scented candles, lotions, fabric softeners, etc, etc.
This led to making my own laundry soap. I use the powdered recipe as the kids do most of the laundry and make a big enough mess without measuring out goopy liquid globs. The powder costs more than making the liquid, but is still way cheaper than anything bought in the store.
Here is my simple recipe and instructions.
Get out the Bosch, the slicer attachment with the grater blade...
Borax, washing soda, oxi clean, and Fels Naptha soap.
Grate the soap.
Get out the Bosch blender. Add in the ingredients. Blend until powdered.
Place in sophisticated, classy container.
Here is the recipe I use.
1c of grated soap
1/4c to 1/3c each of washing soda, oxi clean, and borax .
Blend together in blender.
In under five minutes, I have a container of powdered soap. The next batch I make, I will be using homemade bar soap in place of the Fels Naptha.
In the laundry, I use 2T of the powdered mixture per load in our HE (high efficiency) washer. I also use white vinegar as our fabric softener. The clothes come out smelling fresh and clean with no perfumey smells.
The bar of Fels Naptha soap can be used as a stain stick, too. But a word of caution: use it just before adding it to the washer. I made the mistake of trying to be ahead of the game once. I used the Fels on all my husband's work shirt collars as I was sorting them. Then I left them sit until the load was put in the next day. They came out with little holes in the collars. The soap had eaten through the fabric because I had left it sit on there overnight. On the plus side, the stains were gone!