I used to make the liquid but the last couple of times I have made powder. I have tried different fabric softener options and have now started buying the purex crystals in Lavender. I make up a large batch of detergent as in 5 bars of fels napta, a box of borax, a box of washing soda, and a large bottle of purex crystals. It is supposed to be enough for a year, but my husband gets so dirty at work I have to add more than 2 Tbsp. for his work clothes--about 1/2 cup. Anyway, I am more than pleased. It cost me about 21.00 to make about 6 + months worth. I don't think that is two bad considering the price of most detergents.