For those of you who would like a cheaper alternative, here is a homemade laundry soap that I used to use. This will work for HE machines too.
Our clothes came out clean and fresh every time.
Do-It-Yourself laundry detergent
• 3 bars of soap. (I used to use Ivory) 5 oz.
• 3 cups Borax
• 3 cups Arm & Hammer washing soda ($5 for 55 oz)
First, cover your table with newspaper (especially if you tend to make more of a mess that is necessary like me…lol)
Grate the bars of soap into a container using a cheese grater and add the Borax and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda. Mix it up well and store in an air tight container.
You will only need about 1/4 cup for a full load.
It seems as if it would save money. You can get 3 bars of soap and Borax at the Dollar Tree and I've seen the 55oz. Arm % Hammer for under $3. I might try it with my kids. Gets them to help with laundry and gives us something to do. Thanks :)