Dishwasher soap... I was making my own, till I read an awesome article (I will try to find it later) about why it is actually not any more economical or eco friendly to make your own. So I use whatever "green" brand is on sale.
Yeah, I can't find any really solid reasons to make my own, yet the idea appeals to me. For every good reason I find to do it, I also find something negative about it, so they just cancel each other out.
What recipe does everyone use for laundry soap?
The recipe I just used last night is one I found on Pinerest...it's just 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup Borax, and about 1/3 bar of grated Fels Naptha soap. I mixed all of it up in a plastic tupperware container, and use about 1 TBSP of the mixture in my main wash compartment (I have an HE front loader). For fabric softener, I put plain white vinegar in that compartment. I've only done 2 loads with it so far, but I do like the way the clothes feel and smell. The front loading washer tends to get a really heavy build-up of slime, which makes the clothes come out smelling musty. The whole washer actually looks cleaner after using this mixture.
I know there are pros and cons to using this type of mixture, and there are probably several better recipes out there for making your own. I think it takes some trial and error to see what works best for you, the different skin types in your family (the borax and washing soda can be mildly irritating), and your clothing. I sure do like the price, though!