Learn how to make your own simple Easy Dissolve Cold Water Laundry Tablets for about five cents per load

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  • MYO Easy Dissolve Cold Water Laundry Tablets

    We love using our Original Super Laundry Sauce detergent recipe, it is by far the most frugal option out there, but there are occasions when we need a dry soap that is easy to store or pack away, such as when we're camping, or traveling and can't bring glass, etc. Here is a Very simple, do it yourself recipe for making your own Easy Dissolve cold water Laundry tablets.

    First, a note about Fels Naptha... if you open a bar FRESH fels naptha has the consistency and texture of sharp cheddar cheese. It's smooth and not grainy. If you happen to have a bar that has been sitting on the shelf for awhile, when you cut it you will notice that it fractures easily, breaks apart with minimal effort and is not "smooth" when it's cut, but jagged.

    Older bars are GREAT for this recipe because it requires very little effort to powder them. If it's fresh fels, you can use this method to powder it quickly. If it's an older bar, you can follow those instructions for making powder, but SKIPPING the microwave altogether and just cutting the bar into small chunks and then pulsing. Here is an example of the texture you can expect from an older bar of Fels:




    You'll Need:
    1 Bar of Fels Naptha, Powdered
    1 1/4 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not homemade)
    1 1/4 c. Borax

    Combine the ingredients until they are well blended into a fine powder in a medium size bowl.

    Add 1/2- 3/4 cup HOT Water to the bowl of ingredients:



    Then immediately mix well until the mixture resembles dampened corn meal.


    Next, Using a Tablespoon, scoop the mixture into the rounded measuring spoon, packing it in tightly as though you were measuring brown sugar. Turn it onto a hard surface and lightly tap once to get the mixture to drop out of the spoon onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. Repeat until all the mixture is gone, about 40 Laundry Tablets.

    If you'd prefer, you can pack them into (small cube) ice cube trays instead (like these star shaped ice cube trays I got at the Dollar store).



    Leave them overnight to dry completely. Store in a Covered container. To use, add 1 tablet per load of laundry. For Front Loaders or HE Machines, add the tablet directly with the clothing.



    The Budget101 Breakdown:
    1 Bar Fels .99
    Borax 76 oz box = 9.5 cups $3.29 box = .34 c per cup - 1 1/4 cups = .42
    Washing Soda 55 oz box =6.875 cups - $2.97 box = .43 per cup = 1 1/4 cups = .54
    Total Cost $1.95 or .05 per load

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    Comments 25 Comments
    1. kdsimon's Avatar
      kdsimon -
      I like this idea,going to try it. Thanks!
    1. GGMA14's Avatar
      GGMA14 -
      I'm wondering how these soap containing do it yourself products work in hard water..I've lived in our area for 50 years, and had to stop using anything containing soap the first year,thank goodness for detergent. I have used the homemade detergent that contains Dawn with great success..
      The price breakdown with the Fels Naptha seems good. I remember my mother used the Fels Naptha bars around the house when I was a child, but we had lovely soft water.
    1. Chrissy3333's Avatar
      Chrissy3333 -
      looking forward to trying this
    1. mzdebz's Avatar
      mzdebz -
      I truly like this idea and I love to make my own. Now all I need to do is find the Fels Naptha Soap here in Waterloo, ON., Canada. I do hope our Home Hardware Store or Home Depot carries it. I will let you know how I make out with this...
      deb
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by mzdebz View Post
      I truly like this idea and I love to make my own. Now all I need to do is find the Fels Naptha Soap here in Waterloo, ON., Canada. I do hope our Home Hardware Store or Home Depot carries it. I will let you know how I make out with this...
      deb
      Some of our Canadian Members have reported that when they were unable to locate fels, they used a Product called "Sunlight" or Sunlight bar which is much easier to find in your neck of the woods.

      Also, for our Aussie Friends, you can use SARD Laundry Bar.
    1. TrappFamily's Avatar
      TrappFamily -
      Quote Originally Posted by GGMA14 View Post
      I'm wondering how these soap containing do it yourself products work in hard water..I've lived in our area for 50 years, and had to stop using anything containing soap the first year,thank goodness for detergent. I have used the homemade detergent that contains Dawn with great success..
      The price breakdown with the Fels Naptha seems good. I remember my mother used the Fels Naptha bars around the house when I was a child, but we had lovely soft water.
      I live in an area with really hard water too. I make & use the Super Laundry Lavender Sauce made using the Purex Crystals & it works wonderfully. I really love it!!
    1. aroha's Avatar
      aroha -
      We here in Aussie have sunlight soap as well which is what I was going to use as it looks like fels. Thanks for the heads up though.
    1. Sarahjane1's Avatar
      Sarahjane1 -
      I made the Lavender Laundry Sauce a while back and loved the scent but not the mess. I have a top loading HE washer so its a hassle to add the sauce for each load. So I decided to try this dry version but with Lavender scent. I added about a teaspoon of the Purex Lavender Crystals into the boiling water this calls for and stirred well until dissolved. Then added the water as instructed. Love the no mess ease of these versus the sauce and the scent is great!
    1. missliss78's Avatar
      missliss78 -
      I'm a newbie to the site and this is the first "recipe" I have looked at and I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the Sards info for the Aussies as that's where I am from
    1. MonicaH's Avatar
      MonicaH -
      These look great and not to mention way easier to use than your laundry sauce I'm using now. I just need some clearification before switching over. This recipe calls for 1 bar of fels naphtha and 1 1/4 of each powder mixed with 1/2 cup of water. Using 1 Tbs per load. Your soap bombs are made with 1/2 cup fels naphtha and 1/2 cup each of powders mixed with 2 c water. Using 2 tsp per load. Thing is your post for the bombs states this is a concentrated form of the sauce and should only be used on extremely dirty/greasy clothes. It is not for everyday use. Isn't this recipe for the soap pods even more concentrated? Am I missing something?
    1. brendajo's Avatar
      brendajo -
      I made these yesterday and I am doing laundry now and they are taking forever to dissolve....is this normal?? I went exactly by the recipe! Thanks and thanks for all the post and the hints and tips....this is a wonderful place to spend you day...
    1. grammyof5's Avatar
      grammyof5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GGMA14 View Post
      I'm wondering how these soap containing do it yourself products work in hard water..I've lived in our area for 50 years, and had to stop using anything containing soap the first year,thank goodness for detergent. I have used the homemade detergent that contains Dawn with great success..
      The price breakdown with the Fels Naptha seems good. I remember my mother used the Fels Naptha bars around the house when I was a child, but we had lovely soft water.
      Hi, I too have hard water, I use 1/2 to 1 cup baking soda per load, to soften the water. It not only softens the water, but helps with cleaning and 'sweetening' things like towels and socks. I have used both the liquid and powder homemade laundry soaps and love them. I also use a little (generic) Oxi-clean for the whites, other wise the iron in our water turns the clothes an orange color. They still get a little grey, but not as fast as they once did. (Use to be within a couple of washings our whites were grey and orange...lol....). Let me know how the baking soda works for you.
    1. rummy2602's Avatar
      rummy2602 -
      I've made these...and absolutely love them! Thank you so much for the recipe!
    1. tpowell423's Avatar
      tpowell423 -
      I tried this but they didn't dissolve very well.
    1. wphil32's Avatar
      wphil32 -
      This is a great idea
    1. JsSjoo11's Avatar
      JsSjoo11 -
      I love this idea!! I will be trying this soon..ty
    1. lcsylvester's Avatar
      lcsylvester -
      I had to go a little longer with my fels, which is a little too strong for me. Could I possibly use a bar of ivory instead? Also, if you have a sensitive respiratory system, be sure and wear a dust mask-especially when dealing with the fels! Rubber gloves are a must also bc something in one of these burned like FIRE when it accidentally got into a paper cut I currently have. Ouch! Cannot wait to use in my laundry! Love this site. Absolutely awesome!!
    1. RubyPeaches's Avatar
      RubyPeaches -
      I am going to try this out tomorrow. Thanks.
    1. naturegirl68's Avatar
      naturegirl68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rummy2602 View Post
      I've made these...and absolutely love them! Thank you so much for the recipe!
      i was wondering if these are for people that have sensitive skin? that would be great! thz
    1. mommytoarthas's Avatar
      mommytoarthas -
      I made these yesterday and fell apart when I went to put them into the container. I there a way to know when they are ready to be taken out of the cube trays? Also, my son's doctor says we need to use detergents for sensitive skin ( no dyes or scents) is this okay for him?
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