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    • Super Laundry Bombs

      There are occasions when you have some seriously Filthy clothing that needs to be washed. These little beauties are "Da Bomb", Laundry Bombs - that is! I created this recipe out of necessity after my husband decided his truck needed to be repainted and his nice jeans became embedded with bondo, paint thinner, grease and god knows what else! While I normally use our Super Laundry Sauce recipe, there are occasions that a Laundry Bomb is necessary, 48 loads of laundry for $0.88

      Here's how to make them:

      You'll Need:
      1/2 Fels Naptha Bar
      1/2 c. Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
      1/2 c. Borax
      2 c. water

      Measure the Washing soda and Borax into a baggie or small bowl, mix well to combine and break up any chunks that may be in the soaps.

      Very finely grate the 1/2 bar of fels naptha. In a medium size saucepan bring water to a boil, dump in the finely grated fels naptha and stir continuously until the fels is Completely melted. This should take about 8 minutes. If you're using an electric stove, it will take considerably longer. If your fels naptha is NOT finely grated, it will take considerably longer. Do not add additional water, you want the finished product to be very concentrated.

      Once the soap is completely (100%) dissolved with NO chunks at all, add in the washing soda/borax mix, stirring constantly. It will be a very thick, creamy consistency. Remove from heat and pour into a medium size bowl, let it cool for at least 20 minutes.



      Using a Hand mixer, Whip it until it has doubled in volume. Do not add any additional liquid, it is not necessary and will dilute the strength of your finished detergent.



      Once the mixture has been whipped, form it into 48 balls. This can be done several different ways, a melon baller works perfectly to make even balls. Alternatively, we found this delightful mini-ice cube tray at the dollar store (Each slot holds 2 tsps)



      Fill each slot, place the tray in the freezer for 15 minutes, then pop out the Laundry Bombs. Again, if you don't have a mini ice cube tray you can use a melon baller. Each ball is about 2 teaspoons TOTAL.



      Store them in a covered container or plastic bag. We prefer a covered container to prevent them from being broken/crushed.




      To Use:

      Use 1 bomb per load. Simply toss it into the machine with your dirty clothes. This is fine for HE machines, front loaders, top loaders, old machines. The ingredients are all considered to be "Septic Safe".




      :notes: Tips-Tricks and other Maladies . . . .

      • Washing Soda is NOT the same as Baking soda and cannot be used interchangeably. Look at the photograph above to see what the ingredients should look like.
      • We do NOT recommend using ZOTE in this recipe- it does not work nearly as well.
      • Note how finely ground the fels naptha is in the photo above.
      • To save time/energy and prevent further washing of more dishes we generally grate a years worth of fels naptha at a time. Grate a full bar, store it in a baggie or jar. Then, when we want to whip up another batch of Super Laundry Sauce or Lavender Laundry Sauce or Laundry Bombs, it's all ready to go.

      Basic Questions we anticipate you asking:

      • How did you grate the soap? With a food grater and then we chopped it finely with a knife.


      • Do you use regular cooking pans? Yes, we use our regular cooking pans and then simply Wash them very very well.


      • Do you use your kitchen Mixer or a Junk Mixer? I like to keep a junk mixer on hand, but since the motor burned out I used my very nice kitchen mixer. It's quite safe to use as long as you wash your dishes thoroughly when you're done. After all, you are using this detergent to clean your clothes and your dishcloths that you'll be washing and drying the dishes with, aren't you?!


      • Does the mixture separate? No, unlike the Super Laundry Sauce recipe, this mixture should not separate as it contains very little water.


      • Should I use hot or cold water when washing my clothing? YES. (haha, what I mean is, use whatever you prefer, it dissolves fine in both.

      If you are unable to find the ingredients at your local big box store (aka walmart, target, Kmart, CVS, etc) you can order them online from Amazon.com.


      Budget101 Budget Breakdown:
      Fels Naptha .99 bar - uses 1/2 bar = .49 1/2 cents
      Borax 76 oz box = 9.5 cups $3.29 box = .34 c per cup - uses 1/2 cup = .17 cents
      Washing Soda 55 oz box =6.875 cups - $2.97 box = .43 per cup uses 1/2 c. = 21 1/2 cents
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      Total Expense for 48 loads of Laundry = $0.88 or about .02 per load
      Comments 52 Comments
      1. AMACAR's Avatar
        AMACAR -
        MY HUBBY IS A TRUCKER AND I DON'T THINK I EVEN HAVE TO TELL YOU THE MESS HIS CLOTHS ARE IN. LOL. I AM GOING TO TRY THESE. THANKS BUNCHES!
      1. HeatherT's Avatar
        HeatherT -
        Do you use this instead of regular laundry soap (I make my own with many of the same ingredients)? Or is it an extra kick for those nasty loads? I have boys who seem to make some interesting laundry adventures!
      1. JennM's Avatar
        JennM -
        I'm with Heather, is this instead of Laundry Sauce or in addition to Laundry Sauce? My kids do a lot of the laundry at my house and the easier, the better! I made the Duggar recipe, I thought it was fine except for the 5 gallon bucket, my family really didnt like the mixing and measuring. I am making Lavendar Laundry Sauce today!
      1. Leslie AK's Avatar
        Leslie AK -
        Awesome. I can't wait to make and use them either. Up here in Alaska this time of year we really don't get that dirty but summer is on the way. On a side note I love the laundry sauce, very easy to make and works great...
      1. Leslie AK's Avatar
        Leslie AK -
        I need some clarification please: In the "You'll Need section you call for a 1/2 of Fels Bar, but in the directions it say finely grate the entire bar and melt down. Which one is it?

        I used just a half and I also put in a 1 TBLS of Purex Crystals and it did not turn into a thick creamy consistency in the pan, but seems to be thickening as it cools. Not quite down with process yet, will get back and let you know my results.

        thank you
        Leslie
      1. Patrich's Avatar
        Patrich -
        Made my fourth batch today. I never plan to use any other soap. It's not like no matter how much you pay for it, anyone is ever going to say,"Wow, you have the cutest laundry detergent."
      1. TGeorge's Avatar
        TGeorge -
        After whipping up please help with the step of using the melon baller. Mine is like trying to use a melon baller on coolwhip....I'm sure there's a technique for this.
        Thanks!
      1. CMSchoonover's Avatar
        CMSchoonover -
        would I be able to add some essential oil to this for scent or would the oils make the mixture too thin and/or stain the clothing?
      1. cookiehawk77's Avatar
        cookiehawk77 -
        Since this is the same ingredients as Super Laundry Sauce but with less water, how is it stronger/better? Couldn't you just use more SLS?
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        FreebieQueen -
        Quote Originally Posted by cookiehawk77 View Post
        Since this is the same ingredients as Super Laundry Sauce but with less water, how is it stronger/better? Couldn't you just use more SLS?
        This is more concentrated than the laundry sauce so you're only using 2 tsp of this instead of a Tablespoon. The laundry sauce is great, this is just for those that prefer "Pod" style Laundry Soap.
      1. tabberz74's Avatar
        tabberz74 -
        Most definitely going to have to try these!!
      1. tabberz74's Avatar
        tabberz74 -
        Most definitely going to have to try these!!
      1. Mommybott's Avatar
        Mommybott -
        These sound great! We like to use the pods so, I think this will work well and save a lot of money.
      1. judiajac's Avatar
        judiajac -
        Sounds worth trying!
      1. teri883's Avatar
        teri883 -
        i bought all the items to make my first batch i wash cuz we have alot of dogs
      1. Grandma_Bibby's Avatar
        Grandma_Bibby -
        I hate grating so I put the fels naptha in an old sock, wrapper and all, then set it on concrete and pounded it with a hammer into an even flat layer. Don't over pound or the wrapper will be in a lot of little pieces. I then crumbled the fels naptha into my kettle. It took about 20 minutes to melt.
      1. drea1976's Avatar
        drea1976 -
        Hi Liss, I just have a couple questions. In the instructions for this recipe and the regular sauce it states to either use one pod or a tablespoon. I have one of those extra large machines that does not have an agitator in the middle. Would those amounts still apply or should I increase it to 1.5 or 2 tablespoons?
        Also, I seen your Zote-Fels test. I was wondering have you done a Castile soap test? Like a Kirk's or Dr Bronners? If you have, how well do they work?
        Thanks!
      1. Liss's Avatar
        Liss -
        Quote Originally Posted by drea1976 View Post
        Hi Liss, I just have a couple questions. In the instructions for this recipe and the regular sauce it states to either use one pod or a tablespoon. I have one of those extra large machines that does not have an agitator in the middle. Would those amounts still apply or should I increase it to 1.5 or 2 tablespoons?
        Also, I seen your Zote-Fels test. I was wondering have you done a Castile soap test? Like a Kirk's or Dr Bronners? If you have, how well do they work?
        Thanks!

        Try it first with a single pod or tablespoon and if you need more, increase as needed. We have an oversized machine too and the only time we double up or add more is with ds Overly greasy work clothes.
      1. butterfly526's Avatar
        butterfly526 -
        I am wondering if it would be ok to make a double batch of this at once or is it best to do it in single batches?
      1. Jnelson82636's Avatar
        Jnelson82636 -
        Do these get hard or stay kind of mushy. I have made 2 batches and they harden on the outside but are soft in the middle. Am I doing something wrong?


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