I practiced my homesteading skills by making my own laundry soap. Eric is allergic to normal laundry detergent so I wanted to try making my own. I'm also trying to use vinegar as a fabric softener and once we use up the Bounce sheets that we have, I'm going to make my own with old rags and essential oils.
Recipe: 2 cups of borax. 2 cups of washing sode, and grate one bar of natural soap. Mix and store in an airtight container. Apparently, you use 2 tablespoons per load, but we have hard water so I will need to play around with the amount.