From your mom:

Do you ever find yourself in a laundry bind? You’re down to the last few pairs of undies and just when you get the time to wash the rest, much to your chagrin, there isn’t enough detergent! Well, mixing your own laundry detergent can be done with regular household items and it can even save you a lot of money if you make it a regular habit.

Melt a grated bar of soap in a saucepan over medium heat — mix it with about a cup of water, just to help it along. Pour the liquified soap into two gallons of hot water and stir it in well. Next, mix in 2 cups of baking soda (not baking powder — yikes!). That’s all it takes! The hardest part is finding a big vat to stir it in!

Looking for more money-saving laundry tips? We’ve got a post for that!