One easy want to save money and go green is to make your own cleaners and laundry detergent. You are saving on the amount you spend, plus decreasing the number of boxes or bottles you are throwing out (or recycling). We have been using this detergent for months now and I think it works great!
Grate up some bars of soap...
I have been using Ivory, but you can also use Fels Naphta if you can find it.
Buy a box of Borax and a box of Arm & Hammer washing soda. I found both of those in the laundry detergent aisle of my grocery store.
The recipe is 1 cup grated soap, 1/2 cup borax, 1/2 cup washing soda. Simple and easy. Use 1 tablespoon on light loads, 2 for heavier loads. White vinegar can be used as a fabric softener too. Just put in the Downy ball and throw it in the washer. It doesn't leave your clothes smelling like vinegar, so don't worry about that!