Here is a tip for if you are out of laundry detergent and you need to do laundry but you don’t have the money to buy laundry detergent. Find whatever soap you have on hand. This could be bath bar soap, soft hand soap, shampoo or dish soap. Many times just water will get your clothes clean unless you have been rolling around in mud and grease. For an example let’s say you have soft soap hand soap on hand. Gather your clothes and look them over for any possible stains or dirt. Take a little soap and rub it into any stain. For any shirts, blouses or tops, dab a little soap on the underarms as this will aid in stain removal and under arm odor. Again use just a dab on the stains or underarms as soft soap will have a lot of suds when the water starts to agitate.
Take about 1/8 cup of the soft soap (around 2 tablespoons) and mix it with some warm water to dissolve and pour this into your washing machine. Start the water on the machine and add the clothes. Then set your cycle so that it is on a longer timed wash. Let the clothes wash and agitate for as long as possible. It is the water and the agitation that will help to get the clothes clean.
This is something that will work in a pinch BUT the next time you buy laundry detergent on sale, you may consider buying an extra bottle and set it aside for a rainy day when money is extremely tight.