1 Bar Fels-Nesbit "soap"
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Suds
Grate bar of "soap."
In container of choice add grated soap to borax and washing suds. Mix together. That's it! Use 1-1 1/2 tablespoon per load. Depending on the size of load and your water quality I have a front load washer and this doesn't seem to bother the mechanics or the ring. Actually since I've switched, my washer doesn't stink anymore! As for a fabric softener, I use vinegar! (1/4-1/2 cup per load)