The Zote soap does have a citronella scent, but it does not transfer to clothes. My clothes come out smelling like... cotton? No artificial smell at all, just clean.
So here is the price breakdown. My old laundry detergent boasted that each box could wash 95 loads, but reading the fine print I discovered that meant 95 small loads. I don't know many mothers of young children who wash small loads of laundry. So after doing some math, I determined that my old laundry detergent cost 25 cents per large load. My new laundry soap costs 8 cents per large load. And, I can get the price down even more if I find a better price for the sodium carbonate - I think my local Ace Hardware will order Arm and Hammer washing soda for me. I had to use "ph Up" in the swimming pool section, and it was a little more pricey.
I have found this recipe works just as well as my old brand. So want to give it a try?