A few years back I tried doing homemade laundry soap of the powder variety. It wasn’t bad, but powder was more of a pain than I wanted to deal with since you needed to mix it with water to ensure that it dissolved properly. In 2008 I got my LG Tromm washer and dryer set, and it was HE so I used HE detergent until we came back to Nevada. I had been doing some research because I was pretty well set on not having commercial chemicals all over my house (yeah, I’ve cheated a bit, but I’m still over 75% on it). I found some HE friendly liquid laundry soap recipes that seemed easy enough.