Yes! I use Arm and Hammer Washing Soda, 20 Mule Team Borax, and a bar of Ivory soap. I have a front loader, and it hasn't messed my washing machine up at all. It's also very economical and the clothes are clean. I use softener, just to give them that good smell. I've heard of soaking a hand towel in your favorite softener, and throwing it in the dryer with your clothes. The link below also has a recipe for some homemade cleaners and dishwasher detergent.