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    • Lavender Super Laundry Sauce & Softener Concentrate

      Lavender Super Laundry SauceTired of spending $10-20 on a "Big" bottle of laundry detergent that lasts only a couple weeks? Here is a Super Concentrated Laundry Detergent Recipe that doubles as a laundry softener with a clean fresh Lavender scent- as if that weren't enough, you won't need a dryer sheet either! Oh, and did we happen to mention that it costs less than $2 to make enough concentrate to do 128 Loads of laundry?!

      The following recipe is based off our original Super Laundry Sauce recipe... but in an effort to make laundry dry as effortless & inexpensive as possible, I wanted to accomplish 2 more things:
      1. To Get rid of the need for Dryer Sheets
      2. To have a lightly scented detergent
      You'll Need:
      1 bar of Fels Naptha Soap (grated or chopped into small chunks)
      1 c. Borax (20 Mule Team Brand)
      1 c. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not Baking soda folks!)
      1/3 c. Lavender Purex Laundry Crystals (alternatively, if you'd prefer a different scent, they make several to choose from!)
      4 cups Hot Water
      2 -1 qt Mason Jars

      Here's what the ingredients look like:



      They are ALL available in the Laundry aisle in your local stores (walmart, target, grocery stores, etc). In a medium bowl combine the borax, washing soda and purex crystals, mixing well, set aside nearby.

      Step 1: Measure 4 cups of water into a large heavy saucepan over high heat.



      Step 2:
      Once boiling add the grated fels naptha, stirring constantly to dissolve. Reduce the heat to medium, (I use about 8 on the gas stove). If the mixture starts to foam heavily or creep up the pan (so it seems like it will boil over) reduce the heat slightly. You want it to Boil, but NOT boil over, which creates a nasty mess. This will take 12-15 minutes to melt ALL of the fels naptha Completely. You don't want chunks!



      Step 3: Remove the pan from the heat and pour the borax/washing soda/purex mix into the hot melted fels naptha and stir constantly to dissolve. Place pan back on heat over med/low, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the "grainy" feeling of the dry ingredients is gone.



      Step 4: Remove from heat, divide the liquid equally into 2 mason jars, I find that a canning jar funnel top really helps with this.



      Step 5: Add just enough water to bring the contents of each jar up to the rounded part of the mason jar, leaving a couple inches of headspace- you'll need this later.



      Step 6: Place the lid on the jar and tighten with a screw band, then turn them upside down immediately (careful, the jars are hot!). The soap will immediately start separating into layers. Let them cool about 2-3 hours.




      Step 7: The bottom layer will become quite thick, use the back of your wooden spoon to break the layer away from the jar (be careful, it will "spoosh" up at you!)



      Step 8: Screw the blade from your blender directly onto the jar and whip it (While it's still somewhat warm). It will have an Off color (almost greenish when whipped due to the color) Repeat with Second Jar



      Step 9: Attach a Label with directions for use. 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. For small or half loads use 2 teaspoons.




      Here is EXACTLY how I use our detergent:
      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.
      6. When machine is done, switch to the dryer and dry normally. A dryer sheet is NOT necessary when washing clothing with this homemade detergent.
      Trouble Shooting This Recipe:
      • Do Not Add Oxyclean or Baking Soda to this, the jars will burst after a week or so.
      • This does not work if you substitute the Fels Naptha with Zote or Ivory- the substitutes fail to get out tough stains.
      • You will notice a very Slight grit just prior to whipping, this is due to the undissolved purex crystals that settle on the lid during "layering". This is normal, simply scrape the crystals into the top of the jar by dragging the lid across the top and whip it in.
      • This also works Great as a Stain Remover if applied directly to Tough Stains such as chocolate or blood.
      • You might have noticed in the photo that there is a long- handled spoon, this is actually a cookie dough spoon with a rubber indentation at the bottom which works great for dropping the concentrated detergent into the machine.
      • Using More detergent than is recommended will result in dingy-looking clothes

      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
      Purex Laundry Crystals (32 oz) for $2.78 = 1/3 c. = .23
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      Total Expense for 128 loads of Laundry = $1.99
      Comments 161 Comments
      1. KimArnold's Avatar
        Hi Liss,

        This looks great! Is it possible to make it without any fragrance, or do the Purex crystals add something aside from a lovely smell?
      1. Liss's Avatar
        Quote Originally Posted by KimArnold View Post
        Hi Liss,

        This looks great! Is it possible to make it without any fragrance, or do the Purex crystals add something aside from a lovely smell?
        In addition to a very light scent, Purex adds a Fabric softener capability (which means you don't need a dryer sheet when you dry them).

        However, our original, scent free version is available here:

        Budget101.com - - Mom's Super Laundry Sauce | Whipped Laundry Soap | Make your own Laundry Detergent
      1. lmitchell's Avatar
        Sounds great. Am planning on making this as soon as I can get all the ingredients together.
      1. Dhutch's Avatar
        Hi Liss, Your jars look like they are completely full when done, but mine are not, did I do something wrong? I filled them with water to what looked like the same level as yours. Also, any suggestions to keep this from splashing out when you open the jars to mix them?
      1. Marci's Avatar
        Could you use Downy Unstoppables instead of the Purex?
      1. pjcamp1106's Avatar
        how would you use it if you have a front loading washer? I have been wanting to make my own stuff but having a 5 gallon pail in my laundry room was just not gonna happen not enough room.
      1. pjcamp1106's Avatar
        Quote Originally Posted by Liss View Post
        In addition to a very light scent, Purex adds a Fabric softener capability (which means you don't need a dryer sheet when you dry them).

        However, our original, scent free version is available here:

        Budget101.com - - Mom's Super Laundry Sauce | Whipped Laundry Soap | Make your own Laundry Detergent
        what if you have a front load washer?
      1. Liss's Avatar
        Quote Originally Posted by pjcamp1106 View Post
        what if you have a front load washer?
        Just put the detergent in with your clothes, on top.
      1. celma11's Avatar
        Made it today used my imersion blender to mix it. Cant wait to try it!
      1. celma11's Avatar
        Can i transfer it to another container after its made? I only have a few mason jars and want to make some for family without having to buy more jars.
      1. Acorns-2-Oaks's Avatar
        I have been making my own dry laundry soap for a while but I can't wait to try this one.
      1. rott440's Avatar
        made this the other day and it works GREAT!!!!!
      1. caylor's Avatar
        I am having trouble with both of my blenders fitting on the jar both are to small. Any alternatives to whipping it??
      1. RiverLiz's Avatar
        I made this recipe this morning, exactly as described; however, the mix went into the jar emulsified and never did separate. After I added the water I used an immersion blender, like someone suggested. The results is silky smooth(no grit) and smells great. I'm looking around for laundry to try it out!
      1. CountryGrl21's Avatar
        I love this recipe- but I have a warning for you! Be sure that you test to make sure that you are not sensitive to Purex Laundry Crystals first! I've been using the Original Laundry sauce for awhile now and thought I'd give this one a try. I was wearing a shirt that was washed in the lavender sauce and when I took my shirt off, it looked like I was still wearing a RED SHIRT. You could literally see the entire outline of my tank top, where I was wearing it. The rash is raised and very itchy and my skin is tight/hot.

        I wasn't positive that it was caused by the detergent so I dampened a t-shirt that was washed in it and laid it across my arm in one spot (that didn't yet have the rash!) Within 10 minutes- RASH.
      1. rott440's Avatar
        had to make another batch of this...i cant keep it in the house, my daughters liked it so much they handed me $2 and said ...thanks mom!
      1. FrugaltoaFault's Avatar
        Question-- My bottle of Purex Crystals does not say "Softener" on it anywhere. In fact there is no claim that it is a fabric softener or that it can be used as such. It just says laundry enhancer. So is it a softener or not? For this recipe what ingredient(s) make it a fabric softener too?
      1. Liss's Avatar
        Quote Originally Posted by FrugaltoaFault View Post
        Question-- My bottle of Purex Crystals does not say "Softener" on it anywhere. In fact there is no claim that it is a fabric softener or that it can be used as such. It just says laundry enhancer. So is it a softener or not ?
        Hmmm, great Science Question! It is a fabric softener, you can view it listed right on the bottle in the photo of the ingredients in the recipe directions.

        Here's what Purex lists on their Own Website about their product:

        How does Purex Crystals work?
        Add Purex Crystals at the start of the wash cycle with detergentóno need to wait for the rinse cycle or use messy "softener balls" to get great freshness. This way it spends more time with your laundry, infusing it with fresh scents that can last for weeks, not days.

        http://www.purex.com/products/softeners/purex-complete-crystals


        I can't say that I ever paid much attention to the listing on the bottle or the ingredients, but Purex lists it as a Softener on their site:

        Attachment 5576

        I do know that when we use the crystals we don't need to add a dryer sheet to the laundry during drying.

        Fabric softeners work by creating a thin layer of lubricant on the surface of the cloth fibers.

        If you're concerned about chemicals, you could use our original laundry sauce recipe, (link in the recipe above) and then just add 1/4-1/3 c. of vinegar to the rinse cycle for an all natural softener.

      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        Quote Originally Posted by caylor View Post
        I am having trouble with both of my blenders fitting on the jar both are to small. Any alternatives to whipping it??
        Caylor, you could put it in a bowl and whip it with a hand mixer.
      1. Liss's Avatar
        Quote Originally Posted by FrugaltoaFault View Post
        Question-- My bottle of Purex Crystals does not say "Softener" on it anywhere. In fact there is no claim that it is a fabric softener or that it can be used as such. It just says laundry enhancer. So is it a softener or not?
        That's Rather Odd- Mine Does. Here's a Photo of It:


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