1. Grate a bar of soap. Fels Naptha, Zote, Octagon, etc. Google to see what everyone else is using. I use the Octagon because it's what I can find here at the Piggly Wiggly.
2. I like my soap grated much finer, so it melts in the washer. I put it in my little chopper and grind it up fine.
3. I then mix together 3 cups washing soda, 3 cups 20-Mule Team Borax, and 3 cups OxyClean. The OxyClean is optional, and I use the off-brand. Works just as well as the brand name.
Close up of the mixture.
I keep mine in one of those little Sterlite shoe-sized containers from your local dollar store.
I kept this scoop from my previous detergent, and I only use this much. No, I don't know exactly how much "this much" is. Go get your laundry scoop and compare.
Then I use what passes for softener in my house. White Vinegar. It's good for what ails ya.
Okay, The End. Now go do some laundry already.
PS - I have a front loader. Washing machine, that is.