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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    See Also: Frequently Asked Questions

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    Comments 866 Comments
    1. Kelley14312's Avatar
      Kelley14312 -
      I made the soap and the end result looked just like the picture. However when I used it in the laundry, my stinky gym clothes still were stinky at the end of the cycle. Do u think its didnt dissolve properly or I need to add more fels naptha?

      Thanks!
    1. dashuss's Avatar
      dashuss -
      Quote Originally Posted by kingdawnking View Post
      The Fels SOAP IN IN THE DETERGENT ISLE ALONG WITH THE BORAX AND WASHING SODA. AT THE WALMART IN MY AREA THE SOAP WAS RIGHT NEXT TO THE BORAX AND WASHING SODA.
      I've also found it (including the Fels Naptha) at our local Hyvee supermarket. I've seen the borax & washing soda @ SuperSaver supermarket also. So maybe looking in the laundry area of the supermarkets might work.
    1. KINGSVILLE's Avatar
      KINGSVILLE -
      My question is this soap suppose to lather up and cause bubbles in the wash? I made it and used it but no bubbles.
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by mwillet View Post
      Does anyone have a recipe for those Purex Crystal Effects? Those smell great but are expensive to buy!
      No, but there is a coupon in the forums for $1.50 off which makes them about $1.45- couple that with the fact that you can probably make 10 batches or so of soap before the bottle runs out and it's actually pretty frugal.

      Also, I can't find it at the moment, but someone just asked about low sudsing- this is a Low Sudsing Soap, that means you should NOT exceed the recommended amount of soap per load which is 1 Tablespoon. Rest assured, it doesn't need to froth/bubble up to clean the clothes.
    1. Kenda's Avatar
      Kenda -
      Hi, I have all the ingredients and am ready to give it a try, but I have a different question. How did you make your labels for the jars? Yours are darling.
    1. chiacraze's Avatar
      chiacraze -
      Sounds awesome. I want to try, but I have always used Zote soap in the past and love it. Why doesn't Zote soap work in this recipe? What happens?
    1. Emmah's Avatar
      Emmah -
      Would love to try this, but no time to make. Any one ever thought of selling this on Etsy? Buyer right here.
    1. dmmcw8's Avatar
      dmmcw8 -
      I need to try this. Is it ok to use with the new washers?
    1. tiff2808's Avatar
      tiff2808 -
      I saw this and I wanted so badly to try it and I am from Canada I could not find the ingredients anywhere, I was so dissapointed but I kept looking and I finally found some (not exact) on a site called well.ca so I ordered my ingredients and I will try this out as soon as I receive them, I will certainly post again, to let you know if they turned out ok.
    1. Kari2448's Avatar
      Kari2448 -
      Can you wash the pan and utensils used to make the soap in the dishwasher? I put them in the dishwasher and now I'm thinking maybe I shouldn't have.
    1. goofymomx5's Avatar
      goofymomx5 -
      I actually halved the recipe. It came out super creamy and looks just like your pics! I'm curious though - is it a very low sudsing detergent or is my super hard water making it so? Or is it because I halved it?
    1. Littlehotlips1's Avatar
      Littlehotlips1 -
      Haven't made this yet. But, have made a dry recipe I love. I used the Fels Naptha bar & grated it with the grater attachment on my Kitchenaid stand mixer. Super fast and super easy. Smaller pieces than in these illustrations above.
    1. gardienne's Avatar
      gardienne -
      Quote Originally Posted by lunytunes View Post
      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.
      Lunytunes, thank you for your description of what you do with the front loader! I have a front loader and just finished making a batch of the soap. It never occurred to me that I could toss the plastic tablespoon in the washer. Duh.
    1. parks778's Avatar
      parks778 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Liss View Post
      No, Zote doesn't work at all
      I'm confused on why you say the Zote doesn't work at all. I made this recipe with Fels-Naptha a couple of weeks ago; and then made more last night using the Zote instead. I had to double the recipe, as the bar of soap is larger (I only used about 2/3 of the bar), but it came out very creamy and fresh smelling. I've washed 6 loads of laundry with it already, and my clothes have no residue and smell very fresh.
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by parks778 View Post
      I'm confused on why you say the Zote doesn't work at all. I made this recipe with Fels-Naptha a couple of weeks ago; and then made more last night using the Zote instead. I had to double the recipe, as the bar of soap is larger (I only used about 2/3 of the bar), but it came out very creamy and fresh smelling. I've washed 6 loads of laundry with it already, and my clothes have no residue and smell very fresh.
      The composition of the bars is completely different, yes you get a pretty smelling detergent, but that's about it. Zote is made from animals fats- it leaves a nasty residue on the inside of the washing machine that will build up over time and be a bugger to remove.
      Secondly it does NOT contain the enzymes and solvents that Fels Naptha contains, which means unlike Fels it cannot and does not break down blood stains, grass stains, ring around the collar or any other tough stain for that matter. Zote Contains Animal Fat and does NOT breakdown or dissolve greasy stains.
      Fels naptha has a lower water content, making it more concentrated. All in all, this recipe is not meant for use with Zote, nor do we recommend it. If you can't find it locally, we suggest purchasing Fels Naptha Online. You'll get a MUCH better detergent that won't slime your washing machine over time. Removing the Fels is taking the "Super" out of the "Sauce".
    1. tiff2808's Avatar
      tiff2808 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tiff2808 View Post
      I saw this and I wanted so badly to try it and I am from Canada I could not find the ingredients anywhere, I was so dissapointed but I kept looking and I finally found some (not exact) on a site called well.ca so I ordered my ingredients and I will try this out as soon as I receive them, I will certainly post again, to let you know if they turned out ok.

      UPDATE I made the laundry soap but it came out kinda hard and not creamy what ever did I do wrong?
    1. NakiaRenee's Avatar
      NakiaRenee -
      Ok...I read pretty much all the comments, and I don't think anyone has asked this question yet. Forgive me if they have. I really, really want to try making this recipe, but I don't have the mason jars. Has anyone tried doing this without them? I went to buy them, but you have to buy a dozen of them for, $15. It's a little less budget-friendly if I have to buy all those extra jars, and I live in an apartment anyway, and don't really have the excess space for that. Any suggestions?
    1. bigbadbitty1's Avatar
      bigbadbitty1 -
      Moms super Laundry sauce is great, my clothes feel so soft and fresh smelling . I can't wait to make another batch of it. So simple to make. It really gets your clothes clean no pig pen here

      Thanks,
      Bigbadbitty1
    1. jkbragg's Avatar
      jkbragg -
      Ok, so I made this according to your directions, minus the blender (although that would have been SO much easier...I don't have one. So I used my Kitchen Aid). The first one I whipped up looked perfect, the second one whipped up so much I had to use 4 extra little jars to put it in. Is there something I can do to reverse that or do I need to use more than a tablespoon as its more widely distributed? I am so excited about not having to store my detergent in a 5 gallon paint bucket.
    1. jkbragg's Avatar
      jkbragg -
      I have made a similar recipe to this before, but I had to store it in a 5 gallon paint bucket. lame. I am pretty pumped about having this recipe- I made it this afternoon during Fischer's nap time. I had 2 jars that I turned over and they settled nicely. When my husband left for work, I put them in the mixing bowl (as I do not have a blender...which would have made my life a lot easier) separately and the first jar came out nicely. it almost looked the consistency of thick lotion. The second jar, however...I fear I may have whipped it too much. It fluffed up so much I couldn't fit it in the original mason jar, I had to get 3 other little jars to put the rest of the stuff in. SO, is there any way I can make the detergent "shrink"? or do I need to just use more than a tablespoon since it is spread a little thinner....? ugh. I can't wait to use it, though
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