I have tried a few more homemade cleaning solutions. I made some dishwasher powder using the recipe from Simply Designing. It seems to be working really well, and it is much cheaper than the Seventh Generation soap I normally buy.
Most recently, I mixed up a batch of laundry detergent using the recipe from Saving Naturally. I purchased a big stock pot and a grater from Goodwill just to use when I’m trying out things like this. As a side note, I did turn my back after adding the washing soda to measure the Borax, and it quickly boiled over, so I will have to watch that in the future.
So far so good – though we don’t have kids and aren’t really messy, so I can’t attest to how well this works with really dirty cloths. It maybe separates more than store-bought detergent so I just shake the jug before pouring it in. I read somewhere that if you add a little store-bought detergent to the homemade it helps keep it from separating. I haven’t tried that though. I figure it would still be much cheaper than just using straight store-bought detergent.