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. Retnec58's Avatar
      Retnec58 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Liss View Post
      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 ingredieynts? 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?

      Yes, use it as you would any detergent.
      Yes, we have hard water, alkaline. No ingredients were substituted. The first jar after it was put on the blender turned out amazing. The second jar, not so much. It ate the rubber sealer under the blade. I did scoop it out and use my magic bullet but it wasn't quite the same. After using a few tablespoons of the first jar, the laundry is great. Still not too sure of the second jar. It's just not as fluffy and light. I'm thinking maybe just whip it again? We are def making another batch. We have enjoyed it and my son, 6 months old, has sensitive skin and it looks so much better. I'll see what I can do on a pic
    1. BFab11's Avatar
      BFab11 -
      Has anyone tried this with sensitive skin? Between me and my 2 kids, we're down to All Free & Clear detergent with no softener (I use a vinegar rinse from time to time and wool dryer balls) because we're all super sensitive. I'd love to use detergent that actually works well, but everything makes us break out.

      I may try this since everything is so cheap...
    1. Jane's Avatar
      Jane -
      Quote Originally Posted by BFab11 View Post
      Has anyone tried this with sensitive skin? Between me and my 2 kids, we're down to All Free & Clear detergent with no softener
      I have VERY sensitive skin and when we Did purchase soap I could only use Dye & fragrance free, which is kind of how I ended up making my own to begin with. This one doesn't bother me at all.
    1. mdslattelover's Avatar
      mdslattelover -
      I'm looking forward to making this, as I've been making (and love) the powdered version. I plan on taking my time and following directions to a tee. My question is: do you by chance share the adorable label you made for your jar? I would love to be able to print one out, because when God was passing out "artistic-ness", I got in the wrong line
    1. Kmom4's Avatar
      Kmom4 -
      I tried this today and everything seemed fine except that when I poured it into the two quart jars it filled them both almost to the top and left no room for adding more than about a tablespoon of water.

      They are definitely quart jars and I followed the measurements exactly. I melted the soap for ten minutes stirring continuously. I premixed the powders and added them in and mixed for 5 minutes. I did stir vigorously and it seemed to get thick while I was mixing. Could that be the issue?

      It is separating in the jars but there is at least double the amount of solid in my jars versus yours.

      Should I add water before I blend it?
    1. Deborah_D's Avatar
      Deborah_D -
      Hi Liss
      I am trying this recipe out today, right now I have it in the jars and will be whipping it in about 3 hours. My house smells lovely from the process so far. My ingredients were a little more expensive to buy where I live but even with that adjustment of costs, if it all works out, it is a bargain at twice (or more) the price!! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe and site I am learning so much!!
    1. sbujen's Avatar
      sbujen -
      Hello everyone! I just made this laundry sauce, and it's in the jars (for a second time) siting for 4 (more) hours, lol! I just wanted to share my experience and maybe it will help someone else!

      I gathered all the ingredients: Grated Felz Naptha, 4 cups water, 1 cup each of Borax and Washing soda mixed well, medium saucepan. I felt fully prepared. I have made other laundry detergents in the past, so I thought that this one shouldn't be too difficult. I boiled the water, melted the soap, added the detergents and stirred, stirred, stirred. I couldn't feel the gritties anymore, so I grabbed my funnel, poured the emulsion equally into 2 regular mouthed Mason jars, flipped upside down, set the timer for 4 hours and walked away.

      4 hours later: Heard the timer, and excitedly bound into the kitchen to find...the detergent never separated! It was one light colored mass in the jar. No beautiful yellowish liquid on the bottom. So, having read all the comments and hints before I started, this is what I did.

      I opened a jar and used a spoon to get all the lumpy goop back into the saucepan, turned the burner on medium-high, and stirred, stirred, stirred yet again! At first it looked like chunky, yellow, cottage cheese. As it heated though, it became more like a white gravy. When it finally became more like milk, I could feel it: gritty detergent that must not have melted the first time around. I don't know if I was just stirring so enthusiastically the first time, the small grit was just lifted into the watery part and I didn't feel it, or what, but I could definitely feel it the second time when I was stirring more slowly.

      As soon as the mixture started to simmer, I turned the burner off and then stirred for 5 minutes. I couldn't feel any more grit after about 2 minutes, but I was trying to make sure I wouldn't have to do this a THIRD time, lol! When I poured it back into the jar, it started to separate almost immediately. YAY!! I flipped it over, repeated the process on the second jar, and success once again! It's now been almost an hour, and over half the jar is the yellow liquid, so I'm feeling more confident that this time it will work out fine!

      Next time I am just going to make sure that when I am melting the soap I have the heat up high enough so that when I put the detergents in there, they really melt into the liquid part. And I am going to stir and heat, repeating until it's silky smooth...NO GRIT!

      Hope this helps someone! Good luck!
    1. EugeneMom's Avatar
      EugeneMom -
      I've made this laundry sauce and discovered that I can reheat the mixture after it's been whipped. After it was whipped, there were still a lot of small lumps that just were not smoothing out. I put it back on the stove and reheated it, stirring, until it was completely melted and smooth again. I poured it back in the mason jar and it separated perfectly again. After it sat for 2 hours I poured it in my blender and it whipped up smooth and creamy just like it's supposed to! Success! Also, before whipping this mixture in the blender container or the mason jar, I would recommend breaking up the firmer portion in the jar with a knife so it will blend up quicker and easier.
    1. jjla2005's Avatar
      jjla2005 -
      Okay, made this for the first time today. I followed the recipe EXACTLY and it has worked so far. It's amazing what happens when you follow the directions!! So my question is...I'm to the step where I turn the jars upside down. After just an hour, my mixture has fully separated and is solid, meaning I can turn it on it's side like your picture. So, is it really necessary to wait 4 hours if it has already reached this point?? Or is it okay to go on ahead and blend it? Since I'm not expecting a quick reply, I will continue following the directions exactly and will wait. I'm really just wanting to know this for future reference. Thanks for the recipe!!!
    1. timber04's Avatar
      timber04 -
      Hi! New to the site, loving it so far. Quick question. I use the cold/cold setting on my washer for tons of reasons. Would this recipe work if you only use the cold/cold setting? Thanks!
    1. deekerbeekers's Avatar
      deekerbeekers -
      Can you use Zote instead of Felsnaptha?
    1. snowbaby0215's Avatar
      snowbaby0215 -
      I decided to start trying to make my own things in hopes of being able to put some money away towards the purchase of our first home) i am a stay at home mom and wanted to contribute "financially" if you will, by cutting costs wherever i can. i made this laundry detergent yesterday. it was fairly easy to make, though i found that whipping it in my kitchenaid mixer left small chunks that did not incorporate. i tried whipping it more, but then it started to look more like frosting than mayonnaise. I then spooned it into my blender which doesnt have a removeable blade (would have been so much easier if it did) and was able to get 99% of the chunks incorporated, while also blowing the motor in my mixer (it was a fairly cheap one) i placed it in a new container because there was no way it was all going to fit back into the mason jars. i did my first load of laundry and was a little worried when i saw globs of the detergent floating on top of the water. i let the cycle run for a few minutes and looked again...they were disappearing. btw, we use cold water in our washer and it seemed to dissolve really well. it seems to have washed the clothes well, but only lessened some fresh spots on my kitchen towels. i am wondering if i might need to put a little more than a tbsp in because i had to whip it so much, that it got kind of "fluffy". i might just need to still pre-treat my stains with shout. the one thing i do not like about it though, is that it does not have a pleasant smell as a detergent. i havent been able to tell whether the smell is in the clothes when they are done, due to a stuffy nose. I think i will add some thing for scent next batch i make. also....i have a question. my friend wants to try it out too, but is very fond of using oxyclean with her detergent. i read to not all it to the mix, but can you add it into the water during washing as a "boost"?
    1. angsw72's Avatar
      angsw72 -
      I had all the stuff on hand and made it today, followed the instructions, it is more chemistry than cooking, and I had a couple of questions:

      1 - Mine, like the person's above separated immediately and turned to a solid block. I had to take a knife and break it into pieces to blend it, so do you have to wait 4 hours to blend or just until it is cool?

      2 - Could you shave the soap, put it in the water a day or so before to melt and heat it up so you didn't have to heat it so long? Has anyone ever tried that? My Arm and Hammer was lumpy and some of the lumps didn't melt, so I just removed them.

      I tried the stuff out immediately in cold water. The clothes were not that dirty, but they looked and smelled fresh after the wash. I liked that it wasn't so sudsy and that it didn't appear to leave residue, which makes clothes look dull.

      Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It not only saves money. Think about how much it saves the environment - plastic packages, fuel to deliver products, etc. This is a WIN, WIN, WIN!!!!!!! arty1
    1. Colodiva's Avatar
      Colodiva -
      This sounds great. Do you know if it's safe for septics?
    1. snowbaby0215's Avatar
      snowbaby0215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by timber04 View Post
      Hi! New to the site, loving it so far. Quick question. I use the cold/cold setting on my washer for tons of reasons. Would this recipe work if you only use the cold/cold setting? Thanks!
      I also use the cold/cold setting, and at first i didnt think it was going to dissolve because there were chunks that were floating on the top, but as the cycle runs and it starts to agitate they do disappear. I hope that answers your question )
    1. mwillet's Avatar
      mwillet -
      I have been using this laundry soap for about 3 weeks now. Here is what I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE about it! I have a top load, HE, large capacity washer. In the past, I was only able to wash 3 pairs of my husbands dark work pants at a time, and I had to add the extra rinse cycle. Even then, I would take the laundry out and search for white patches. These were from sitting suds in the washer that didn't quite get all the way out before the spin cycle. Since this new detergent is already suds out during the process of making it, there is very little sudsing in the washing machine. My washer easily washes 5 pairs of pants without crowding, and now I can finally wash more than 3 at a time. I don't have to use an extra rinse cycle and they come out great!!

      I'm to the bottom of my first jar, though, and I'm not sure how my little tablespoon is going to reach! Right now I just jam my whole fist in and get it out. Any suggestions?

      One last thing...I am also wondering if there is any way to make is smell cleaner. Right now it smells okay, but I do like the clean scent of regular laundry detergent. I don't think I'll ever go back to regular laundry detergent, but I do like the smell!!

      Does anyone have a recipe for those Purex Crystal Effects? Those smell great but are expensive to buy!
    1. msmiche's Avatar
      msmiche -
      I followed the recipe exactly and my results were picture perfect until the end. My soap separated just like the picture and it mixed well using the blender. My end product looks thicker and is less like mayonaisse and more like lard. Also, when I put it in the washer it doesnt seem to dissolve well but rather floats up to the top and just looks like little lumps. I've only tried it on old towels so far because I'm not sure if this is what is supposed to happen. It sounds like it should fall off the spoon and dissolve pretty quickly. The towels smell fresh and I don't see any signs of the soap at the end of the cycle. I tried reheating and remixing one of my jars and the end result is the same. Any suggestions?
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by jenniferm.coult View Post
      i'm wondering if you can add scents to this recipe?
      if so..how much..
      Yes, here is the scented version:
      Budget101.com - - Lavender Super Laundry Sauce & Softener Concentrate | Homemade Laundry Detergent

      Quote Originally Posted by specks_e View Post
      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!
      I don't see why not, it's very light, doesn't contain dyes, perfumes or additives of any kind and if used properly (1 Tbs per load) there isn't any detergent left in the clothing after a normal wash.



      Quote Originally Posted by Retnec58 View Post
      Yes, we have hard water, alkaline. It's just not as fluffy and light. I'm thinking maybe just whip it again? We are def making another batch. We have enjoyed it and my son, 6 months old, has sensitive skin and it looks so much better. I'll see what I can do on a pic
      It doesn't have to be whipped again as long as it was fully dissolved the first time. I think in cases of really hard water I would increase the fels naptha an additional 1/3 of a bar and see how that works. Be aware that you'll have more soap than will fit in 2 jars.

      Quote Originally Posted by timber04 View Post
      Hi! New to the site, loving it so far. Quick question. I use the cold/cold setting on my washer for tons of reasons. Would this recipe work if you only use the cold/cold setting? Thanks!
      As long as it was fully dissolved when making it, then yes you can use it in cold/cold. If it is fairly gritty in texture, it means it wasn't fully dissolved and then no, you'd need warm/cold.

      t was fairly easy to make, though i found that whipping it in my kitchenaid mixer left small chunks that did not incorporate. i tried whipping it more, but then it started to look more like frosting than mayonnaise.[/QUOTE]

      Ok.. this means you need to completely remelt it as it wasn't melted to begin with, there should be any "chunks" to whip. It should be very smooth and completely liquid with nothing larger than a soft canned pea in the mix. It will only look like Mayonnaise if it's still slightly warm. It will look more like frosting when it's completely cold because it starts to form crystals, much like sugar.

      Quote Originally Posted by snowbaby0215 View Post
      My friend is very fond of using oxyclean with her detergent. i read to not all it to the mix, but can you add it into the water during washing as a "boost"?
      Completely unneccesary and more likely to interfere with cleaning than help; Good example of More is Not Better. But, if it'll make her happy, it won't hurt anything to add oxyclean to the WASH, not the mix.

      Quote Originally Posted by snowbaby0215 View Post
      . i might just need to still pre-treat my stains with shout. the one thing i do not like about it though, is that it does not have a pleasant smell as a detergent.
      Yes, here is the scented version:
      http://www.budget101.com/myo-househo...trate-4018.htm

      Quote Originally Posted by Colodiva View Post
      This sounds great. Do you know if it's safe for septics?
      Yes, all ingredients are septic safe as per the manufacturers labels on the boxes.

      Quote Originally Posted by mwillet View Post
      I'm to the bottom of my first jar, though, and I'm not sure how my little tablespoon is going to reach! Right now I just jam my whole fist in and get it out. Any suggestions?
      You've already done 60+ loads of laundry! Wow - just use a rubber spatula to scrape the jar down and push all the ingredients to one side.

      Quote Originally Posted by mwillet View Post
      One last thing...I am also wondering if there is any way to make is smell cleaner. Right now it smells okay, but I do like the clean scent of regular laundry detergent. I don't think I'll ever go back to regular laundry detergent, but I do like the smell!!
      here is the scented version:
      http://www.budget101.com/myo-househo...trate-4018.htm


      Quote Originally Posted by msmiche View Post
      Also, when I put it in the washer it doesnt seem to dissolve well but rather floats up to the top and just looks like little lumps.It sounds like it should fall off the spoon and dissolve pretty quickly. The towels smell fresh and I don't see any signs of the soap at the end of the cycle.Any suggestions?
      Yes, use a tablespoon to measure out the soap, then hold it under the running water of your machine while it's filling. Chances are you have hard (or excessively soft) water if it's not dissolving right away. It will dissolve in the first few minutes of washing, regardless.
    1. Kelley14312's Avatar
      Kelley14312 -
      I followed the directions and the end product looks like the picture. However, when I used it my clothes did not smell good after the wash was finished. They smelled like they did when I put them in the wash. Do you think it didn't dissolve properly? Or should I add more fels naptha to my mix? Thanks!
    1. lunytunes's Avatar
      lunytunes -
      I'm using this in a front load HE washer. I scoop a tablespoon out of the jar, shake it or wipe it out of the spoon with a piece of clothing & toss the spoon into the load, shut the door & press start. IT WORKS WONDERS!
      Our household consists of a husband working so many hours his socks literally stay in the shape of his foot; a son who is a want-to-be mechanic and a puberty ridden 13 yo son. This stuff cleans everything with no residue.
      My first batch came out a little gritty but is still working great; second batch came out perfect (higher heat this try).
      More is not better, its just more. The wanna be mechanic tried 3 scoops of soap & found himself repeating entire wash/rinse cycle to get the small suds but huge film out of his jeans (adding vinegar to assist). Moms are so dumb to follow directions, hehehe.
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