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. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by mystelite View Post
      Yep..I was told to use 1 bar of Fels Naptha, 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda and 1 gallon plus 1 quart of water I swear..lol. I had grated the soap and mixed it with the washing soda and Borax intending to use it as a dry mix because that was the directions I had gotten from ehow.com. I contacted my friend and was then told about the water SO..I decided to put it all together in one pot and heat it up..OOPS. She tells me that she dissolves the soap in the quart of water, mixes the Borax and washing soda in the gallon of water in another bucket, then dumps in the soap mix and lets it set over night and in the morning it has all gelled. Got any suggestions?

      Used 1 bar soap, 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of washing soda. Was told to use 1 gallon plus 1 quart of water. Obviously BIG goof somewhere. Any thing I can do to save it? Can I possibly re-heat the entire mixture and pour it into the canning jars? Will it then re-seperate so that I can whip each jar? I figure I got nothing to loose by trying it.

      Nope, Nope, there isn't anything you can do, it's too watered down to attempt to whip it. The Super Laundry Sauce is Highly Concentrated.

      Right now you've just made your first batch of regular liquid detergent. You'll need to stir it really really well before you use it and you'll need 1/3-1/2 cup of detergent per load for it to be effective.
    1. Rmcwmson's Avatar
      Rmcwmson -
      Ok, so I followed the directions exactly, but my laundry concentrate was super thick. Alot thicker than Mayo. Is there something I missed or didn't add or did I blend to long? I only blended about a min. or so. Also, my blender broke in the midst of making this so I had to go to my stick blender. Now my question is can I use my stick blender in food now, if I wash it with regular dishwashing soap? I am now concerned that everything I used on this project is ruined to use with regular food now. Please help, cause I love the compact idea of this soap, but I am about to just ditch this idea of it ever working for me.
    1. karousel1968's Avatar
      karousel1968 -
      A lot of the newer washing machines will NOT physically let you open the lid while the water is running. The lid "locks" & you cannot open it unless you push "pause/cancel", which shuts off the water. So how do you dispense the soap for these newer machines??
    1. morticiagb's Avatar
      morticiagb -
      I am going to try this, but I have a quick question. Lots of my whites come out with gray spots all over and nothing I have used has gotten them out. I have cleaned my washer by running a cycle with vinegar and still I get them. Is there something I can do to get these out? I am not sure what I am doing to cause this, but it sucks when you have nice clothes for the kids and they get these gray stains from nowhere on them... PLEASE HELP!!!
    1. Astheart's Avatar
      Astheart -
      Could I know what the composition of the Fels Naptha is? I live in the Czech Republic, and I am afraid I cannot get it here so I might try to find something similar. Thank you.
    1. medamomma's Avatar
      medamomma -
      This is the recipe that brought me to this wonderful site. I love, love this idea and am going to make a batch as soon as I find the ingredients. I will let everyone know how it works out for me.
    1. Sdye84's Avatar
      Sdye84 -
      I was wondering how well this got smells out of clothes? My husband works in a hot welding shop so his shirts are always very heavily sweat smelling. I have tried other detergents and I was the shirts and they smell fine but the moment they get the least bit damp again when at work (or even swimming in the pool) they smell HORRIBLE again. I hate to have to buy him new shirts every month but I don't know what will get the smell out, anyone have any experience with smells and this detergent.
    1. Sdye84's Avatar
      Sdye84 -
      Question, how does this do with taking out smells. My husband works in a weld shot and his shirts smell like sweat. I have tried other detergents and they smell good out of the dryer but as soon as they are even lightly damp (even by running through a rain shower) they smell HORRIBLE! I have not found anything that will get the smell out, would be great if this would.
    1. SEMTX's Avatar
      SEMTX -
      Hi Liss,
      I have an aerobic septic system, and I'm wondering if this mixture will harm (or kill) the bacteria in the tanks?

      Thank you for all you do.
    1. SEMTX's Avatar
      SEMTX -
      Hi Liss,
      I posted a question about aerobic septic systems.
      When will I be able to see my post?
      Thanks
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Liss View Post
      Yes, it MUST be fels naptha, other types of soap will leave a dingy film on your clothes.
      ZOTE Soap just works as well.
    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!
      Me TOO. A mason jar on your blender !! OMG What a time saver. MAN I LOVE THIS SITE.
    1. Kalliamaria's Avatar
      Kalliamaria -
      If I had to reheat this, do I need to wait until it cools down to put it back in the jars. It seems like there is twice as much now in the pot.
    1. Kalliamaria's Avatar
      Kalliamaria -
      Not sure if my question got posted, but I had to reheat mine, it was to grainy. Now there seems to be twice as much in the pot, do I wait until it cools off to put it back in the jars ?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bvenable View Post
      Can this soap be used in a HE washer?
      I made this soap for years but when my old washer went down and I got the new HE washer it didn't wash as good as with the soap
    1. paintbuttons's Avatar
      paintbuttons -
      Can you substitute ammonia for the borax and use less water? Borax makes my husband breakout. Ammonia is only slightly stronger alkaline than the borax. Has anyone tried this?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      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 use a home-made detergent recipe VERY similar to this on my son's clothes, and I have very sensitive skin, so does he (he's five months old) and we've NEVER had a problem! But I want to try this one and see if it works better!
    1. Danni cyr's Avatar
      Danni cyr -
      I do very large loads of laundry- do I still use the same teaspoon amt in the washer? Or what if I did a very small load-should I use less?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by monhollenmom View Post
      OK, NEXT: I SIMPLY CAN NOT FIND THE ARM & HAMMER WASHING POWDER. IS THIS THE SAME THING AS LIKE POWERED DETERGENT?!
      You can usually find both Arm and Hammer washing soda and Fels Naphtha in the grocery store. We have Hannaford where I am and they always have both.
    1. ChefPam's Avatar
      ChefPam -
      I would love to try this..... Is it safe for the kids??? I have a 9 weeks old and a 2 yr old.... Thanks!!!!!
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