On a previous thread about doing laundry by hand, some of you said you use homemade laundry soaps and that they work better than commercial detergents. Well, I'm curious what your recipe is because I used to make my own laundry soap from a recipe I found online and it didn't work near as well as detergents. The recipe I used called for fels-naptha, but I couldn't find it locally so I just used Ivory. Maybe that makes the difference? I also used borax and some other kind of boxed powder (can't remember now what it was).