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 ˝ 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 859 Comments
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by pianojanie View Post
      Do you have a large pot used only for soap making? Can food be cooked in pot after soap making? Thank you.

      Yes, it must be wash thoroughly, this is just detergent.
    1. tnnative82's Avatar
      tnnative82 -
      When using a HE front loading washer do you put this in the detergent spot in the drawer that pulls out or in the drum itself? I want to try this but wanted to check before I do.
    1. sprogmama's Avatar
      sprogmama -
      Hi, I did not find Fels Naptha, but I found a laundry bar called Zote, will that work as an alternative?
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by sprogmama View Post
      Hi, I did not find Fels Naptha, but I found a laundry bar called Zote, will that work as an alternative?
      No, Zote doesn't work at all
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by tnnative82 View Post
      When using a HE front loading washer do you put this in the detergent spot in the drawer that pulls out or in the drum itself? I want to try this but wanted to check before I do.

      hehe, see step #9 for the answer to your question.
    1. Kristen O.'s Avatar
      Kristen O. -
      I was wondering if you adjust the amount of sauce used according to the laundry load size??
    1. Gracefulmommy's Avatar
      Gracefulmommy -
      Ok, tried the recipe and well... I had a very gritty outcome. I am 99.9% sure that it wasn't hot enough from your previous comments. My question is, instead of scrapping the whole batch and considering it a learning experience, can you possibly reheat this and break it down to get it to the proper consistency? Also, is this supposed to be the typical kinds of sudsy as a regular detergent or just more clean, less bubbles? Thanks so much!
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gracefulmommy View Post
      Ok, tried the recipe and well... I had a very gritty outcome. I am 99.9% sure that it wasn't hot enough from your previous comments. My question is, instead of scrapping the whole batch and considering it a learning experience, can you possibly reheat this and break it down to get it to the proper consistency? Also, is this supposed to be the typical kinds of sudsy as a regular detergent or just more clean, less bubbles? Thanks so much!
      If it's still gritty it's because the borax and washing soda were not fully dissolved. I don't know whether or not it will incorporate if it's reheated, I've never tried that before. If you do, let us know how it works. I would probably try melting just a cup or so of it to see. The other thing you can do is to dissolve a Tbs of the soap in a cup of HOT water and pour it into the laundry, rather than scrapping the batch. It will still work, it just won't dissolve well in cold water. As far as "Sudsing", it's a very Low suds soap.
    1. mwillet's Avatar
      mwillet -
      I made your laundry soap a couple of weeks ago and LOVE it! Thanks for the great instructions! My washer is an HE top loader, so it doesn't fill up like a regular top loader. I love the fact that the detergent isn't sudsy at all. That is why it works so well in HE machines. Anyway, I have a couple of questions. Since I can't really rinse my tablespoon the way you do, I have dried soap on it almost all of the time. Also, when I am opening and closing my mason jar, there is dried soap all around the lid. Do you have this problem? I am noticing a lot of laundry dust on top of my dryer (where I keep the detergent). What do you do to keep your laundry soap jar neat? Also, do you have a super long spoon, or does the regular Tablespoon work as you get deeper into the jar?
    1. pottstikr's Avatar
      pottstikr -
      Why the problem adding the sauce to the detergent compartment of the washer? I have an HE washer, but the water doesn't come on with the top open. The water floods the little compartment for the soap, actually it is just an open vent you dump the soap into and not a compartment with a closed lid. Does this make a difference?
    1. Purple Door's Avatar
      Purple Door -
      [hanging head] I read your directions, I knew what to expect. After 20 minutes of stirring the fels naptha, I knew that the temperature wasn't high enough. Still I added the borax and washing soda mix. Didn't wait until it was thoroughly dissolved (though I had stirred for about 10 minutes), and poured it into the mason jars. The stuff never separated, in my arrogance I thought I had stumbled across some magic secret. Opened the jars to find a gritty mess. The thought of re-boiling it crossed my mind...then I thought it was time to read a few comments. No, no one had posted a re-melting reply, only one lonely question. What the heck, I hate waste, so if it's too gritty to work well as it is, I may as well try it. WHAT A DREAM! It worked *so* well. Nearly instantly after pouring it back into the jars, the sauce began to separate. I can hardly wait to see the results after blending it. Never mind that, I can hardly wait to use it. To those of you who may doubt the process, DON'T, you will only waste your time. Learn from the mistakes that preceded you.
    1. mwillet's Avatar
      mwillet -
      Quote Originally Posted by pottstikr View Post
      Why the problem adding the sauce to the detergent compartment of the washer? I have an HE washer, but the water doesn't come on with the top open. The water floods the little compartment for the soap, actually it is just an open vent you dump the soap into and not a compartment with a closed lid. Does this make a difference?
      I thought this as well, but when I tried it didn't work. There wasn't enough water or time to thoroughly 'melt' it I guess. If you think it should work for your washer you should just try it with a load of towels and see.
    1. scrappingjoy's Avatar
      scrappingjoy -
      Just made this today. It works like a charm. I had used the Duggars recipe and hated that 5 gal of soap. It works great though. Can't wait until I can try this concentrated version. Thanks for sharing with us your recipe.
    1. Charon's Avatar
      Charon -
      I like to use a little chlorine bleach in my towels and wash cloths. Can I use bleach with this soap? Only per load, not in the actual recipe. I see you mentioned hazards with other additives.

      This sounds like something I can do. I always get excited about saving money. I have never been so frugal as I have been in the past 5 or 6 years. I really like the idea of these good 'ol home made "REAL" products. It just seems like now days we pay for x-tras in our food, grooming products, laundry products, etc... and what the heck are they??? So thank you all for sharing your grandmother's tricks and recipes.
    1. CrazyCatz's Avatar
      CrazyCatz -
      I just made my first "batch" of this today and so far I'm very excited about it! I didn't have any mason jars, I gave all mine to a friend when I moved last month (sigh....) so I re-purposed other jars and it worked just fine. I used my Kitchen Aid to whip the soap and it worked beautifully. I've just finished my second load of laundry with my new sauce, it dissolved just fine in my top load that only adds water once the lid is locked. I haven't tried it with cold water yet, but I'm sure it will be just fine.
      Thank you so much for this awesome recipe and money saver!!!!
    1. Retnec58's Avatar
      Retnec58 -
      My husband and I made this recipe and followed it to a T. But still, it never separated. We whipped it in the blender just fine and the texture is soft, smooth and creamy. However, it doesn't seem to dissolve well in the washer. Any suggestions? Also, can it be moved to a different jar now? I don't like scooping the soap out and having it on my fingers.
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Retnec58 View Post
      My husband and I made this recipe and followed it to a T. But still, it never separated. We whipped it in the blender just fine and the texture is soft, smooth and creamy. However, it doesn't seem to dissolve well in the washer. Any suggestions? Also, can it be moved to a different jar now? I don't like scooping the soap out and having it on my fingers.
      Hmm...

      1. do you have soft water? (or alternatively, Hard water?)
      2. Is your water Alkaline or Acidic?
      3. Did you per chance substitute any of the ingredients? Failure to separate generally occurs when a different soap is substituted (like Zote or Ivory)
      4. Any chance you can share a photo of your finished soap, up close?


      Quote Originally Posted by Charon View Post
      I like to use a little chlorine bleach in my towels and wash cloths. Can I use bleach with this soap?
      Yes, use it as you would any detergent.
    1. BaconEater's Avatar
      BaconEater -
      Ok- we made this but I have to confess that we didn't follow the directions precisely at first and the ingredients did not separate, so I reheated it and brought it a boil, stirring constantly, but didn't let it creep up the pan or foam up like the directions instructed, shut off the burner and poured it into my waiting jars and whadddya' know, it began to separate Instantly before my eyes.

      So- if your soap doesn't separate- sorry, you were like me, you didn't follow the directions LOL.
    1. libbyrose's Avatar
      libbyrose -
      I am up for trying this, but moving to a new house with well water and have a front load machine. I assume I can put the soap in the front load machine soap dispenser as that runs water over soap. Anything I need to check on about my well water and septic before I use this soap?
    1. specks_e's Avatar
      specks_e -
      Do you know if you can use this on baby laundry? I use a dye-free detergent now (not Dreft) and my child hasn't had any reactions to anything so far. Thank you!
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