Here's a super simple Whipped Cream Super Laundry Soap, Do It Yourself detergent that doesn't leave any residue on clothing, gets nearly every stain known to man out the first time around and smells clean and fresh- oh and did I mention that it costs about $1.76 for 128 loads of laundry?

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  • Mom's Super Laundry Sauce

    Here is an amazingly simple Do It Yourself detergent that doesn't leave any residue on clothing, gets nearly every stain known to man out the first time around and smells clean and fresh- oh and did I mention that it costs about $1.76 for 128 loads of laundry?

    Since our teen son started working at a fast food restaurant, this has become our most-loved detergent recipe. His clothing was so saturated with heavy french fry and onion ring grease scent that even washing them in TIDE didn't take out the horrendous smell. I whipped up a half gallon of this detergent and washed his clothes while he was at school- he thought I'd gotten a new shirt from his boss at work! First time EVER that ALL of the smell finally came out of his clothes, without further ado - here is my Super Laundry Sauce recipe!

    By the way, One Single tablespoon of soap does a whole load of wash! As with ALL household/Soap/Detergent/ Cleaner recipes, please take the time to read through the ENTIRE recipe before starting it. It will save you loads of hassle with a recipe that doesn't set properly.



    Mom's Super Laundry Sauce

    Recipe adapted from Whipped Laundry Concentrate

    ~ This makes 1/2 Gallon of concentrate ~
    ~ Btw, that's a full 128 loads of laundry!! ~

    1 bar Fels Naptha (Yes, the ENTIRE Bar!)
    1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
    1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA!!)
    4 cups of hot water

    Here are what the ingredients look like:


    Quick Note: Follow the directions Carefully, adding the ingredients at the wrong time will result in a grainy textured detergent that will not dissolve well in the washer.

    Step 1: Put 4 cups of water in a large heavy saucepan over high heat. While that is heating, mix the borax and washing soda together in a bowl, mixing well, set aside.





    Step 2: Grate the Fels Naptha- the easiest way to do this is to cut it into several smaller chunks and then run it through a food processor- otherwise, you can just grate it with a hand grater or shave it with a knife.





    Step 3: Add the freshly grated soap to the water in the saucepan, stirring almost constantly. Reduce the heat to medium, It will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes for the Fels Naptha to complete dissolve. If it takes longer, your heat wasn't up high enough. Alternatively, you can melt the fels on the stove over low heat without water then add the water afterwards, stirring it in, as the original recipe called for. I find that it's much easier to melt IN the water. Absolutely do NOT let this Boil over, or you'll have a sudsy mess that you do NOT want to contend with!!

    It should be a rolling, simmering boil where you must stir Constantly but it does not foam heavily or seem to "creep up" the saucepan. See the photo below- note the amount of "foam" - that's all you should see.





    Step 4: Once the fels naptha has completely melted, remove the pan from the heat and add in the Borax and the Washing Soda, stirring constantly until the powders are completely dissolved, this will take about 3-5 minutes. Do not under-stir or your soap texture will be very grainy rather than smooth. (You can fee the "graininess" on the bottom of the pan, once you can't feel it, it's incorporated fully!)




    Step 5: Pour the liquid equally into (2) 1 quart Mason jars.



    Step 6: Add just enough water to bring the contents up to the “shoulders” or Rounded part of the jar, leaving approximately 1 ½ inches of headspace.



    Step 7: Put the lid on the jars and turn them UPSIDE DOWN and let them sit a few hours (about 4 - 5 hours). The reason for this is that the soap is going to Separate into layers while it's resting and occasionally will form crystals on the bottom. Rather than waste these trying to scrape them off, in the next step we're going to incorporate them easily! Btw, if you leave it overnight it will have a slightly grainier texture than if you whip it immediately after 4 hours.





    The Layers will separate after a few hours:



    Then the bottom layer will become very, very thick, like so:


    Step 8: There are two ways to do this next step, depending on what you have for equipment. Here's how I like to do it- unscrew the blade and bottom from your blender and screw them onto your regular mouthed mason jar containing all of your ingredients.



    Place the entire mason jar on the blender and whip until smooth and creamy throughout, about a minute. Flip back over, unscrew the blender blade, attach a cover and seal.




    If you don't have mason jars or a blender, pour the contents of your settled jar into a large bowl, be sure to scrape down any remaining from the jar to get it all. Using a Hand mixer, Whip the ingredients until light and fluffy and well blended. Transfer the ingredients back into the jar, cover and store until needed. If you like, add a tsp of glycerin per jar.


    Step 9: To use, add 1 Tablespoon to a load of laundry in any type of machine, conventional, Front Loader, High Capacity & High Efficiency (HE), etc. Do not add the detergent to the "detergent compartment" but instead directly with the dirty clothes. The detergent is Smooth and creamy with the same Look and consistency of Mayonnaise. Be sure to label the jar to prevent accidental ingestion!!



    Here is EXACTLY how I use our detergent:

    Top Loading Machine Directions

    1. Fill the machine with dirty clothes
    2. start the water, (hot- Cold- or warm- doesn't matter)
    3. Measure out 1 Tablespoon (literally) of super laundry sauce
    4. stick the measuring spoon of detergent under the running water, let it fall off the spoon.
    5. Close the washer lid, go away and do something else while the machine runs.


    Front-loader Machine Directions:

    1. Fill the machine with dirty clothes
    2. Measure out 1 Tablespoon (literally) of super laundry sauce On Top of the dirty Clothes
    3. Close the washer, start it, go away and do something else while the machine runs.


    Really, it's that easy folks!




    Tips and Tricks, Troubleshooting & Other Thoughts and experiences:


    • Do NOT Use Baking Soda or Oxyclean in this recipe hoping it will be an added "Boost". Your jars will likely explode within 7-10 days in storage (Don't ask how we know!)


    • We have not had any issues with clothing fading due to use


    • Since the Soaps have been completely dissolved in this recipe, it leaves NO residue on your clothing like many homemade detergent recipes


    • This recipe can easily be doubled to make a Full Gallon of Detergent.


    • This can be stored indefinitely. It does become slightly firmer but still melts fine in water, hot or cold


    • Fels Naptha Can usually be found in the Laundry Detergent Isle of the Grocery Store for about $1 a bar, or it can be found online here.


    • If you leave the detergent sitting more than 6 hours without whipping it, it will likely take on a grainy texture. It should be light, smooth, silky feeling with no "gritty" feeling whatsoever. If it Does have grit, that means that it did Not dissolve properly.


    • What do I do if it's too grainy or if it doesn't separate? If it's too grainy or doesn't separate it means that the soaps were not fully dissolved. You can spoon the mixture back into your saucepan and remelt it until it is smooth. Try not to breathe in the fumes, remember, you are making detergent! Once it feels "smooth" pour it back into the mason jars. Let it set a few hours and then whip.



      • Gritty Soap- if your soap is mostly smooth with only a little "grit" feeling, it will still work fine, but may not dissolve well in cold water.
      • If you have Moderately gritty soap that DID separate, but you don't feel like it's "good enough" to use in your laundry, then use it as a super stain remover for those stubborn stains
      • If your soap is Super Gritty or didn't separate, you should remelt it over medium heat, stirring constantly.



    • Do NOT use different sized jars, your soap will not set properly.

    Budget101 Budget Breakdown:

    Fels Naptha .99 bar
    Borax 76 oz box = 9.5 cups $3.29 box = .34 c per cup
    Washing Soda 55 oz box =6.875 cups - $2.97 box = .43 per cup
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    Total Expense for 128 loads of Laundry = $1.76

    Before you Begin- Check out our Simplified NO COOK Version of this Recipe, aptly named
    Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies, No Fail 7 minute Laundry Detergent


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    Comments 866 Comments
    1. Calebgbart's Avatar
      Calebgbart -
      Am I the only one who has figured out you can make this a solid by keeping it cold... I got some silicone ice trays and filled them with the soap and as long as I keep them cold I have pods to drop in... it's kind of a cheaper way to make the pods... just saying
    1. Calebgbart's Avatar
      Calebgbart -
      So here is something I haven't seen mentioned! Temperature plays a roll in the consistency of the finished product. If it's in a colder environment it becomes a solid and can be treated like a laundry pod. I bought silicon ice trays and filled them with the sauce and now I have a bunch of cubes about the size of ice breaker gum cubes... two cubes per load and I'm good to go!
    1. Candyleila's Avatar
      Candyleila -
      Hi there, my name is Candy, and I unfortunately live in the rear end country of the civilised world.. namely South Africa. Unfortunately I have never heard of fels napth soap.before and I believe Arm and Hammer are not yet in the county. And when contemplating . Does the soap have a specific list of ingredients that I could potentially narrow my options down instead of ordering online, at our current exchange rate, it would be cheaper In the long run to burn my clothes and buy new ones ..
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Candyleila View Post
      Hi there, my name is Candy, and I unfortunately live in the rear end country of the civilised world.. namely South Africa. Unfortunately I have never heard of fels napth soap.before and I believe Arm and Hammer are not yet in the county. And when contemplating . Does the soap have a specific list of ingredients that I could potentially narrow my options down instead of ordering online, at our current exchange rate, it would be cheaper In the long run to burn my clothes and buy new ones ..
      I believe the bar you'd use in your area is called Sunlight Soap. Do you happen to have access to a Swimming Pool Supply store? If so, you can purchase Sodium Carbonate. Alternatively, you can make your own washing soda, but it's not nearly as strong as the stuff you purchase. There is a recipe here on the site.

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      I hope that helps you. I cannot say whether the cleaning power is the same using these ingredients as I do not have access to a Sunlight bar.
    1. tphelps91387's Avatar
      tphelps91387 -
      Small piece of advice: grating the Fels Naptha can be done quickly and easily using a rotary hand grater (like the cheese grater they use at Olive Garden). The bar is a little bit too long to fit into the grater? Break it in half.
    1. OliviaBrooke's Avatar
      OliviaBrooke -
      Mine doesn't lather like regular laundry detergent. Is it suppose to?
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by OliviaBrooke View Post
      Mine doesn't lather like regular laundry detergent. Is it suppose to?
      No, this doesn't contain Foaming agents, which are unnecessary and often hormone disrupting.

      Also, we recommend the NO Cook Version- it takes 5 minutes to make.

      http://www.budget101.com/content.php?r=4075
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Does this remove the underarm odors from shirts? No matter how much I wash that part of my husbands shirts they still "smell". :-/
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      The blender I have is a Ninja blender so it didn't fit my mason jars. I had to spoon it in and out of the blender. But it whipped the detergent so well and it came out so smooth that it is the consistency of shaving cream! I hope that's a good thing! I added a couple of drops of lavender oil before blending. The only thing I will say is it was so thick that it wasn't blending very well. The contents at the outside edge of the blender that were out of reach of the blades were sitting stagnant. So I added a little more water to get it all to blend well and ended up with two completely full mason jars and another half of a jar of detergent. I can't wait to try it on my first load!
    1. GinaDfromTX's Avatar
      GinaDfromTX -
      Does anyone know if this would be an approved detergent for he washers?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Do i have to wait 4-5 hours for it to separate and former crystals or can I put them in the fridge to speed up the process?
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by GinaDfromTX View Post
      Does anyone know if this would be an approved detergent for he washers?
      All of the ingredients in it are approved, so I don't see why not. It doesn't foam like detergents because it doesn't contain any foaming agents.


      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Does this remove the underarm odors from shirts? No matter how much I wash that part of my husbands shirts they still "smell". :-/
      Yes.

      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      So I added a little more water to get it all to blend well and ended up with two completely full mason jars and another half of a jar of detergent. I can't wait to try it on my first load!
      Because it's more diluted from the addition of extra water you'll need to use 1 1/2 tablespoons per load for efficient cleaning.

      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Do i have to wait 4-5 hours for it to separate and former crystals or can I put them in the fridge to speed up the process?
      No. It takes about 30 minutes to separate.
    1. Medic242's Avatar
      Medic242 -
      I followed the direction to a T and it's still grainy. I stirred for about 20 minutes before giving up. I know the heat was up high enough for sure, was at a rolling boil with just a little bit of sudsing the whole time, took longer than 15 mins for the Fels Napatha to melt but it did. I added the washing soda and borax, both I mixed together first. Stirred and stirred and still grainy. The mixture looks lumpy after I turned the quart sized mason jars upside down. Going to let it rest for 4 hours and then see how it turns out. I will return it to the stove if needed, hopefully it turns out! Any pointers on what may have gone wrong? Thank you!!!
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Medic242 View Post
      The mixture looks lumpy after I turned the quart sized mason jars upside down. Going to let it rest for 4 hours and then see how it turns out. I will return it to the stove if needed, hopefully it turns out! Any pointers on what may have gone wrong? Thank you!!!
      The issue is that there was too much water loss which resulted in a grainy texture. We recommend the No Fail, No-Cook Version, it takes 5 minutes and is considerably easier.

      http://www.budget101.com/content.php?r=4075
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Hi, this laundry soap looks wonderful, i was just wandering if it was safe to be use in a H.E Laundry machine? I know that those H.E machines asked to us H.E laundry soap. Would you know?

      (H.E=high efficiency)
    1. Yqqshelley's Avatar
      Yqqshelley -
      hello
      I am the program coordinator of a non profit organization that provides hygiene items to people in need. We take used hotel hygiene products and reprocess them to help others, keeping it all out of the landfill. Soap is washed and dried and packaged up for international aid. We always get the little bits of soap though as well. In your opinion would it be possible to use this soap in place of the "soap" you use? This would keep everything out of our landfills and help others.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Is it possible to add Tide to this recipe?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I just read the note advising not to add Oxyclean to the ingredients, after I had added it. Anyone had experience with this? I'm wondering if I should abort this mission now or proceed with caution.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Just made my first batch, turned out great! My blender didn't fit on a standard jar, used a wide mouth. Sat jars upside down and they looked just like pictures. After 4 hours, attached to blender and tried to mix, but jar was too full. I stuck a straw carefully down the inside of the jar to open an air space so the jar wasn't full clear to top of neck. Then, blender was old and didn't have enough power. Poured into bowl (one jar at a time) and mixed well. Ended up with 2 quarts and almost 3 pints of sauce. Anxious to try it tomorrow. If I make a double batch, can I make it in an ice cream pail and just leave it stand upright? Just trying to save the purchase of a new blender which I would never use for anything else.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by allison92 View Post
      I've tried this recipes twice and I'm having a few problems with it. First, the fels naptha takes about 30min to completely melt and I grated it. I never let it boil and it still becomes very sudsy. The borax and soda take about 15min to dissolve and even after that its not completely dissolved. I used 4 pint mason jars because that's all I had. I whipped it on the blender which worked fine. But it doesn't dissolve in the washer. I'm really sure what I'm doing wrong. I follwed to directions exactly. Also wasn't sure if you add hot or cold water to the jars or if it mattered. Thanks

      I tried this once & it does not work out well. You need to get two quart jars. I think the water that you add ends up being too much when you use 4 pint jars. It's the only time I've had trouble with this recipe. If your borax & washing soda still give a gritty feel when you're stirring, you need to keep stirring. It will eventually get fully incorporated. If it's not dissolving in the washer it could be your water is really hard? You could put the tablespoon of soap in a pint jar with some hot water, put the lid on & shake it up until it's all melted then dump that into your washing machine. I've done that when we've lived in places with bad water.
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