Yes, I said "make some."
It's not a difficult process. The ingredients are cheap and readily available. It's not a lot of work. The result is a detergent that is about $.03 per load, instead of $.70 a load for Tide.
So, here's what I had to get:
1 bar of soap. I used Lever 2000 because there's a bunch of it in the closet.
1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda. (I'd never heard of it but there it was in the laundry aisle at my grocery store)
1/2 cup of Borax
I grated the bar of soap on my box grater and put it in a pot on your stove with 4 cups of simmering water. I stirred until the soap dissolved.
Dump the soap water into a big bucket with 3 gallons of hot water and stir.
Add the washing soda and stir.
Add the borax and stir.
That's it! Now I have to let it cool. Apparently, according to the recipe on the web site, it will gel or slime up once it's cooled. I can't wait to see how it works. Plus, there's still a mostly full box of washing soda and borax, so I can make tons more. Considering I do about 8 loads of laundry per week and use the clothesline to dry everything except socks, this should make me feel waaaaaaayyy less guilty when I run the air conditioner in the summer.