Here is my recipe for powdered laundry soap. It is easy, economical, safe for the environment and a lot more fun to make than cleaning house! I use this in my front load HE machine and it works great.
Lavender - Orange Laundry Soap
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 cup Washing Soda ( not baking soda! You can find it on the laundry detergent isle)
2/3 bar Fels Naptha or plain Ivory soap - heck, just throw in the whole bar--who wants a 1/3 bar of soap hanging around!5-10 drops lavender essential oil
5-8 drops sweet orange essential oil
Cut up bar soap into course chunks with a knife. Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend.
That is all there is to it. Now that I have thoroughly distracted myself from doing what I should be doing, I'll go give that list another look!