Here is my recipe for laundry detergent. I dont have enough time OR patience to make the gel/liquid kind. You only need 2 tbls for each load. Hopefully it helps you guys out!
So before I got my dehydrater I would cut up my soap and "dry" it on a paper towel for about 3 weeks. But with this method you can dry out your soap in about a day and a half.
3 bars of ivory soap
1 1/2 cup borax
1 1/2 cup baking soda
1 1/2 cup super washing soda
(tide stain booster is how ever much you want - I use about half a container. You do not have to add this I just got these for free with coupons, and don't have any other use for them so I add them to my detergent.)
If you want to make a bigger or smaller batch it's basically 1/2 cup each baking soda, super washing soda, and borax, per each bar of soap.
It balls up when you process it. If you don't have a processor you can use a ziploc bag and rolling pin to make it into the powder)
it SHOULD look like a fine powder when it's dry - like the below picture.
Now dump all your soap into your container and mix it up! Here is my bucket - I repurposed a popcorn bucket we got about 2 years ago from a disney on ice event. This has lasted me for the 2 years I have been making the laundry detergent. I also labeled it so when we had visitors that were doing laundry without us being home they would know how much to use. Also for my husband as well! :)