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?

homemade laundry soap,DIY laundry soap,how to make laundry soap,laundry soap recipes,laundry detergent recipe,best laundry detergent,award winning laundry detergent,moms super laundry sauce

  • 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
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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


    Free Printable Labels

    See Also: Frequently Asked Questions

    Print Friendly and PDF

    Comments 859 Comments
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Is it OK to add essential oils to this mixture for scent and at what point would I add them?
    1. JenniferC39's Avatar
      JenniferC39 -
      I was wondering if you could use a few drops of essential oils like lavendar or rose to add a nice scent?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      This sounds like a great idea, but it sounds complicated. A lot of room for error...if there was a simpler way to make it id definitely be interested though.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Can you add essential oils to this for a nice scent?
    1. Xinnej's Avatar
      Xinnej -
      Ikr! When I seen it I was like omg! I had no clue you canput jar on a blender! The laundry soap was great! But the blender with a jar blew my friggin mind. #smallthingsexciteme
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by adaniels75 View Post
      This is a non-sudsing soap. It still works without any soap bubbles. There are additives in store-bought detergents that create suds, but they really serve no purpose. As for the hard water, I'll have to let that up to someone else, as I don't have that issue here.

      I'm not seeing suds but everything else seems right...except I let my jar sit over night not just 4-6 hrs. (Only bc I fell asleep). I'm glad you posted I thought I ruined it. My first batch is in the washer right now!!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I made this today. My 1st jar I accidentally knocked over and spilled the liquid, but I still tried to save it by adding a little water and detergent and washing soda also. It didn't turn out thick like it should have but I'm letting it sit to see if it'll thicken up. The 2nd jar turned out perfect! I can't wait to use it in my laundry.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Is there a microwave version?
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Is there a microwave version?
      No But as it says in GIANT Letters in the first Paragraph, there is a NO COOK version.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by FreebieQueen View Post
      No But as it says in GIANT Letters in the first Paragraph, there is a NO COOK version.
      Yes...but I was addressing the time factor instead of the cook factor...I made my batch last night and just thought of maybe a faster cook method...although I would not want to compromise the quality of course...
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I've used this twice now and am super happy!! I added scented crystals to the boiling water and sunlight bar soap mixture and it separated. I whipped it after sitting for 4 hrs and it's separating again. I'm going to try and whip it again and hope for it to be come creamy. Now having said that, I made another batch and added the scented crystals to the powders and it worked! It whipped up beautifully and no issues with that batch.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Great I'm going to try this !!!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Fels naphtha made my whole family break out. We use Zote it's a much bigger bar, grates faster, smells amazing, & keeps bugs away from us. It's only $.98 at Walmart. We've been making this laundry soap recipe with it for 8 months. We use cloth diapers on our 13 month old and it works great even on poopy diapers!!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      If you can't find the ingredients in a store near you, they are all on sale on amazon.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I know this blog was from quite awhile ago but hopefully someone sees my question and has an answer. I have used this recipe for over a year and it has been wonderful! Now, I am doing at home childcare and have loads of washcloths and bibs that have yogurt, milk, fruit and other things all over them. I rinse them, sometimes handwash them and then wash them with the detergent and hot water but still can't get this sweet musty smell out of them. Any ideas??
    1. chemler's Avatar
      chemler -
      I just made a batch of this last night and it came out great, but, this morning it is now the consistency of play dough. What did I do wrong? Can it be fixed??
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by monhollenmom View Post
      HI, SO GLAD YOU POSTED THIS! 1ST: I HAD NO IDEA THAT YOU COULD PUT A MASON JAR ONTO A BLENDER BLADE! OMG! ITS LIKE A MAGIC BULLET! WOW.
      OK, NEXT: I SIMPLY CAN NOT FIND THE ARM & HAMMER WASHING POWDER. IS THIS THE SAME THING AS LIKE POWERED DETERGENT? I CAN FIND THAT ALL DAY LONG. I FINALLY FOUND BORAX IN TARGET, EVEN MY WALLY WORLD DIDNT HAVE IT. I WILL LOOK FOR THE FELS SOAP, BUT I DOUBT I CAN FIND IT. I WILL BE MAKING THIS THO, I LOVE THE IDEA OF A "SAUCE" RATHER THAN THE THIN LIQUIDS I HAVE MADE BEFORE THAT DID NOT WORK. (PERHAPS B/C I USED REGULAR POWDER DETERGENT, CHEAP OF CHEAP?) ANYWAYS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE POST!
      You can actually make your own washing soda. Just put baking soda in the oven in a 2 quart baking dish at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes. It has to be washing soda, not baking, or the recipe won't work.
    1. annabelle65's Avatar
      annabelle65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by monhollenmom View Post
      HI, SO GLAD YOU POSTED THIS! 1ST: I HAD NO IDEA THAT YOU COULD PUT A MASON JAR ONTO A BLENDER BLADE! OMG! ITS LIKE A MAGIC BULLET! WOW.
      OK, NEXT: I SIMPLY CAN NOT FIND THE ARM & HAMMER WASHING POWDER. IS THIS THE SAME THING AS LIKE POWERED DETERGENT? I CAN FIND THAT ALL DAY LONG. I FINALLY FOUND BORAX IN TARGET, EVEN MY WALLY WORLD DIDNT HAVE IT. I WILL LOOK FOR THE FELS SOAP, BUT I DOUBT I CAN FIND IT. I WILL BE MAKING THIS THO, I LOVE THE IDEA OF A "SAUCE" RATHER THAN THE THIN LIQUIDS I HAVE MADE BEFORE THAT DID NOT WORK. (PERHAPS B/C I USED REGULAR POWDER DETERGENT, CHEAP OF CHEAP?) ANYWAYS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE POST!
      You can find all products at Wal-Mart they are located in the fabric dye section on the bottom shelf...same isle as the fabric softener..
    1. Druidchica's Avatar
      Druidchica -
      This is a wonderful recipe and all I ever use anymore! I haven't really thought about how much it's saving me in the long run, but man this stuff really works. I really enjoy making homemade things to save money and my husband was really skeptical about this one. At one point we ran out and he used what was left of the Tide soap we had, and once the clothes were done he was displaying that he didn't like that soap anymore because he got used to this one. Success! He's a convert!

      My methods:
      1. I use a zester that's reserved to grate my soap finely ahead of time (more work but it melts much faster). Add it a handful at a time while stirring in irregular motions in the pan, don't dump it all in at once.

      2. I make sure to mix the washing soda and borax together (like it says in the recipe), before starting the process so it's ready to go when I need to add it. When adding, mix in a little at a time while constantly stirring so it dissolves better; don't just dump it all in at once.

      3. After the soap is set, I stick a butter knife in the jar to cut the solid layer into chunks (not just to break it off from the sides) to help the blender blade whip it easier. I also use a paper towel to carefully wipe off the rim of the jar and the blender blade ring to get a good seal for blending.

      -----------------

      Also, I wanted to comment on a couple questions I've seen that don't have answers...

      Q: "My soap isn't setting in the jar and still has a grainy texture (before whipping). Can I reboil it?"
      A: Yes. The first time I tried this recipe, my soap didn't set properly, or at all really, in the jar (you've incorporated it properly if you flip the jar when sealed and it immediately begins to separate). So before I tried to whip it, I scraped everything out of the jars back into the pan, brought the heat back up to a medium-low (it kept foaming too much if it was higher), and just kept stirring frequently until I didn't feel anything scratchy in the pan (it took a while). Poured it back into the jars, sealed, flipped, and it immediately separated and dissolved properly when washing.

      Q: "Can you add scents?"
      A: Yes. I put a few drops of an essential oil into the mixture right before I attach the blender blade. Give it a good shake to mix, and blend as usual.
    Comments Leave Comment

    Click here to log in Or Click Here to Register for Free

    How many letters in the word SAVE? Answer with a Single DIGIT.

    📢 All Article comments are moderated to prevent 💩