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 852 Comments
    1. jkbragg's Avatar
      jkbragg -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakiaRenee View Post
      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?
      If you go to a hobby store (Hobby Lobby or Michaels or maybe even Joanns), they will sell them by the single there.
    1. kheffner's Avatar
      kheffner -
      I made this laundry soap and I love it.....It will be hard for me to know exactly how many loads I'll wash with this soap, since there are two other people in our house who do laundry....so since I made the first batch on 1/19, I fiqured it should last at least until 2/21....that would be 4 loads a day, 32 days=128 loads....of course, we don't wash that many a day, so I'm looking forward to see how long it will last...
    1. arissat's Avatar
      arissat -
      ok, I am ready to make this and can't wait! However I have a question to anyone that have made this soap... Can you use regular grater and pot to make this and then re-use them for cooking purpose or do you have a special grater and pot just for soap making purpose?!?
      TIA!!
    1. arissat's Avatar
      arissat -
      Quote Originally Posted by jkbragg View Post
      If you go to a hobby store (Hobby Lobby or Michaels or maybe even Joanns), they will sell them by the single there.
      I just went to AC Moore and they have them on sale for $0.88 each!! So, I grabbed two!! And they are Ball's and made in USA!!!
    1. ajbarker's Avatar
      ajbarker -
      is there a different soap that can be used instead of the Fels Naptha , it has a few more chemicals than i like, my kids have asthma and this scent is really strong as well.
    1. NakiaRenee's Avatar
      NakiaRenee -
      Quote Originally Posted by arissat View Post
      I just went to AC Moore and they have them on sale for $0.88 each!! So, I grabbed two!! And they are Ball's and made in USA!!!
      AWESOME!!! Thanks for the tip!
    1. Kerena's Avatar
      Kerena -
      You mentioned adding a tsp of glycerin to each jar. Why? What would that do the laundry soap? My batch is cooling and separating right now (success so far) and I'm wondering if I should add the glycerin.
    1. MomGibby's Avatar
      MomGibby -
      I have been making my own laundry soap (in a 5 gallon bucket) for a couple years. I knew I had to give this method a try and I am so glad I did. I was a little concerned about using Fels Naptha soap since my hubby has pretty sensitive skin and hates strong smelling detergents. I've done laundry a couple times since and he's not said a single word about it. The only thing he commented on was how there was no fragrance smell...none at all, which was fine by him.
      I was pretty careful about following the direction exactly. One jar separated just like the picture, the other didn't come out exactly the same. Both whipped up just the same though. I am saying bye-bye to the bucket and look forward to not banging my toe on it every time I walk by.
    1. whittmom3's Avatar
      whittmom3 -
      Thank you so much for posting this! I made my first patch today and followed your directions with EVERY detail and it came out perfect! My first load is in now, the house smells great and my boys loved it too. We'll will be making this again for sure!!
    1. johndeeregirl's Avatar
      johndeeregirl -
      I am wondering if when ready to mix this if you could use a Vitamix or a Kitchen Aid mixer to mix it up. I have plenty of qt. canning jars just not a regular blender. Thanks for any information. I presently make the powder soap, but sometimes it doesn't always dissolve (I find the residue around the washer seal, I have a front loader). So this looks really interesting to me. Interested in trying it. Also do you use just one particular pan only for making the soap?
      Thanks
    1. johndeeregirl's Avatar
      johndeeregirl -
      Quote Originally Posted by ajbarker View Post
      is there a different soap that can be used instead of the Fels Naptha , it has a few more chemicals than i like, my kids have asthma and this scent is really strong as well.
      I don't know about making it this way, but I think there is one that is either Ivory soap or close to it that you can use to make it the other way. Hope this helps.
    1. sengercas's Avatar
      sengercas -
      so I made this today and put a load of laundry in right away I was so excited! as I peeked in the washer through the cycle I noticed there wasn't a single sud & I also couldn't smell the scent at all like I had during the making process. is it supposed to be this way??
    1. sewpretty13's Avatar
      sewpretty13 -
      I'm new to this site coming from pintrest. I love the label on your soap. I have been looking for labels like that for my canning jars. Is there a link or info on where to get those labels?

      Thanks so much!!!!
      Becky
    1. johndeeregirl's Avatar
      johndeeregirl -
      Quote Originally Posted by KINGSVILLE View Post
      My question is this soap suppose to lather up and cause bubbles in the wash? I made it and used it but no bubbles.
      I make the powder version of this. It doesn't suds unless I put way too much in. So my guess is this won't either.
    1. johndeeregirl's Avatar
      johndeeregirl -
      Quote Originally Posted by jkbragg View Post
      If you go to a hobby store (Hobby Lobby or Michaels or maybe even Joanns), they will sell them by the single there.
      I would also think you could go to a Goodwill and then you can always just buy you some lids or seals and rims in the canning department at Walmart, etc.
    1. kherioux's Avatar
      kherioux -
      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.
      I have found that you can also use Dove soap. I have super sensitive skin and I use half dove & half fels naptha.
    1. Sommer's Avatar
      Sommer -
      I just made this...finally! But It has been sitting for almost 4 hours and no signs of separation! What did I do wrong? I am assuming it will still work out okay since soap is soap but just thought it was odd. Any suggestions for this time or next time?
    1. rosaliejb's Avatar
      rosaliejb -
      hi, i cant buy fels naptha in new zealand and would have to buy it on ebay and have it shipped here! but there are a few different sized bars shown for sale! i want to buy several bars to make it worth while. what size bar do i need to buy? i can buy sunlight laundry soap, which is vegetable based, will this work?
    1. LivingWise's Avatar
      LivingWise -
      I made this last week and my daughters could not wait to try it. The result: we LOVE this!!!! It's so easy and the savings is phenomenal. So I've been telling everyone about it, sharing what I made with some folks at church - they love it too!! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful product. God Bless!
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by rosaliejb View Post
      hi, i cant buy fels naptha in new zealand and would have to buy it on ebay and have it shipped here! but there are a few different sized bars shown for sale! i want to buy several bars to make it worth while. what size bar do i need to buy? i can buy sunlight laundry soap, which is vegetable based, will this work?
      I don't know, I couldn't say, but you could try it and let us know!
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