• Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies

    Home Remedies-no-fail-laundry-detergent.jpgAre you a bit domestically challenged? Try our Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies! This 7 minute, No Mess, no-cook laundry detergent recipe makes enough Heavy Duty Laundry Detergent to wash 128 Loads of laundry, but it takes up very little room and less than $2.00 to make.
    After reading 100+ comments from our readers we realized that not everyone is used to making their own detergents, cleaners and soaps- so I set out to figure out a way to make the recipe Fool-Proof for those that may be.. domestically challenged (or just plain too busy to spend time Cooking their own Detergent!)

    Thus, My Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies recipe was born! This has all the amazing washing capabilities of our Original Laundry Sauce Recipe- but with very minimal effort. If you can Boil water in a microwave, you can make your own no-fail laundry soap. The ingredients are linked below so you can see what they should look like as well as where you can purchase them if they are not available to you locally.

    Below you'll see that I've broken down this 1 recipe into 2 different methods- the recipe is the same- the preparation is slightly different, the end result is the same. I guess what I'm trying to tell you is that this is not Brain Surgery- it's like any other recipe, it can be made a thousand different ways and still come out great, that's the beauty of it! Find a method that works best for you and go with it.

    You'll Need:

    1 Entire 5.05oz Bar of Fels Naptha Soap (Some of our Aussie Friends have use SARD Wonder Soap in place of fels)
    3 c. water
    1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax Powder
    1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not Baking Soda)

    2 (1 qt) Mason Jars

    How to Make Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies Detergent: Method #1

    Unwrap the Fels Naptha soap and cut the bar in half. Take (1) half of the bar and slice it, cutting it into pea sized chunks. Place all of those chunks into a 1 qt mason Jar. Cut up the other half and place those pieces in the second mason jar.

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    Add 1 1/2 cups of Boiling Hot Water to each jar, cover and leave it alone overnight. I literally just run a pot of water through my coffee pot and use that. This is what it will look like in the morning, if you cut the pieces up first:

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    The next day (or several days down the road, depending on your schedule!), open the jar, use a butterknife to make a "criss-cross" pattern to loosen the gelled fels naptha off the bottom when you whip it. Add 1/2 cup borax and 1/2 cup washing soda to each jar.
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    Add Enough Hot water to bring the level up to the "shoulder" of the Jar, (again, I actually just ran a pot of water through my coffee pot, because boiling water is a pain in the butt!) like so:

    Note the Purple line to indicate the level your water should be at before you continue to the next step...
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    Carefully seat the gasket and blender blade onto the bottom of the jar. If the rubber gasket is wet or has any contents of the jar on it, it will get chewed up into your laundry soap.

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    Place the jar on the blender base and Whip until it is light and fluffy with the consistency of Creamy Mayonnaise.

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    How to Make Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies Detergent: Method #2

    This was my "speed" method the first time around . . .

    Unwrap the bar of Fels Naptha soap and cut it into chunks. Place those chunks in a Ziploc baggie and add 2 cups of water. It doesn't have to be hot or cold, just your basic plain old tap water will do fine. Remove as much of the air as possible from the bag and seal it shut. (This takes all of 30 seconds).


    Set is aside for 48 hours.

    Once the fels naptha has set for 48 hours (or more- it's fine if you forget it for a few days) Gently palpate the bag -squeezing any lumps to squish them. You want the contents of the baggie to be uniform without big chunks. (This takes about 20 seconds)

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    In a Medium size bowl combine borax and washing soda powder. Add 2 cups of boiling water and stir well to combine. We simply heated the water in the microwave in a pyrex measuring cup for 2 minutes.

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    Snip the corner of the baggie off and squeeze the fels naptha into the mixing bowl containing the dissolved borax/washing soda. Mix well with a spoon or spatula or a whisk- whatever you happen to have on hand will work just fine. (this takes about a minute)

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    Pour the mixture evenly into 2 ( One Quart) mason jars. Add enough water to bring the contents of each jar up to the "shoulder" of the jar, so that it looks like this:

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    Unscrew the blade and bottom from your blender and carefully seat the gasket and blade on the jar, then screw on the bottom piece. If you neglect to make sure your gasket is lined up properly, it will get chewed up by the blade when you whip the contents of the jar, consider yourself forewarned.


    Put the jar onto the blender and whip until smooth and creamy throughout. Ours took about 25 seconds per jar.



    The detergent is Smooth and creamy with the same Look and consistency of Mayonnaise. This is what it looks like after it's whipped:

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    Unscrew the blender blade, attach a canning jar lid and cover and that's all there is to it! You've just made enough Heavy Duty Laundry Detergent to wash 128 Loads of Laundry for about $1.76 and in less than 10 minutes flat.

    By the way, it is smooth and creamy like mayonnaise after it is freshly whipped, but will thicken as it sets and must be stored with a cover on. A repurposed parmesan cheese lid works perfectly. (Thank you to Southern Belle for this great tip!)

    How to Use the Homemade Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies: (View FAQ here)

    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. (It WILL get stuck in the compartment, I can assure you!)

    Be sure to label the jar to prevent accidental ingestion!! We have created these cute labels here if you'd like to Print them out to attach to your own Jars.

    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.


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    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


    • This can be stored indefinitely. It does become slightly firmer but still melts fine in the washing machine water, both hot or cold. Be sure to store it with a lid on though, once it dries out, it's effectiveness is greatly reduced. Again, repurpose the lid from a container of parmesan cheese and you'll be good to go!


    • 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.


    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


    We're really hoping that you find these 2 different "speed" methods to be easier and less time consuming for you!

    See Also the Super Laundry Sauce Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
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    Comments 504 Comments
    1. mimisbuddy1's Avatar
      mimisbuddy1 -
      Thank you for sharing this, I'm going to try it!
    1. kathyk's Avatar
      kathyk -
      will this work with zote soap also
    1. dolphin110417's Avatar
      dolphin110417 -
      Is this detergent safe for use on cloth diapers?
    1. TCain0001's Avatar
      TCain0001 -
      Question--can you use this in HE (high efficiency) washers?
    1. Candace's Avatar
      Candace -
      Quote Originally Posted by TCain0001 View Post
      Question--can you use this in HE (high efficiency) washers?

      According to the instructions in the recipe listed above, yes:


      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. (It WILL get stuck in the compartment, I can assure you!)
    1. BananaJackson's Avatar
      BananaJackson -
      Just finished making a batch this morning. I used the FIRST set of instructions. I have these things to add that might be helpful...

      1. When I mixed my "pea sized" Fels Naptha bar and boiling water, the two did not fully incorporate but began to separate into two layers. I noticed this was happening, so I got a long teaspoon and stirred them up together... that's all it took... the layer finally solidified the way it was supposed to.

      2. The next day, after you add the remaining ingredients and the boiling water, BE VERY CAREFUL to get the rubber gasket lined up before turning the jar over. I wasn't careful with this and leaked scalding water on my hands. OUCH!

      3. Be sure to keep your blender on the LOWEST SPEED until the Fels Naptha gel layer melts and falls down to the blender knives area. Do not turn your blender up to WHIP until those two have had a chance to combine for a while. Otherwise, you may bend your blender blades the way I did... Arrgh! :P

      4. To store my supplies for the next batch, I cut the tops off of the two boxes, down close to where the powder was, and that made each box small enough to fit into a gallon zip-top bag.

      5. I used a piece of yarn to tie an old Tablespoon to my jar of laundry sauce for easy dispensing.

      Thanks for the great tips on this website! I'm going to put up some links on my personal blog to your article here and share my experiences with it.

      God bless,
      Anna "Banana" Jackson

      (By the way... sorry if I posted this comment twice... but I didn't see it come up in the list after the first time I posted it.)
    1. lawannagrace's Avatar
      lawannagrace -
      I love this recipe and will try it as soon as I can find a good used blender.
    1. surviving101's Avatar
      surviving101 -
      Can't you just put it all in the blender then in the jars?
    1. RkyMtnSailor85's Avatar
      RkyMtnSailor85 -
      The whole point of me wanting to make my own laundry soap was to have a natural detergent because of skin irritation, even to "sensitive deemed detergents." When my husband read the ingedient list on the Fels soap, (after I had most of it grated of course :-\), yuck. The chemicals sounded as bad as regular detergents, and there is fragrance in it. I had intended to add Essential Oils to it. Is there an alternative to this stuff?
    1. RkyMtnSailor85's Avatar
      RkyMtnSailor85 -
      Oh yeah, thanks for the simplified directions. I wasn't looking forward to all that stirring.
    1. johoney's Avatar
      johoney -
      Is this the same as the moms super laundry sauce just done a different way? Which way is better? Thanks!
    1. bagheera47's Avatar
      bagheera47 -
      Thank you for posting these instructions. I've been making my own laundry soap for some time, but I was excited by the new method using the canning jar and blender.

      I have one comment I think should be added to the instructions. "Use a Regular Mouth Canning Jar".

      It may have been clear to everyone else, but all of my canning jars are Wide Mouth. Luckily I save all kinds of jars to store dry mixes and such, so I had a Classico Pasta Sauce jar that would fit with my blender.

      I have always grated my Fels Naptha soap, so I did the same with this recipe. I added the hot water and other ingredients with out any wait time and everything worked out find. Took me about 2-3 minutes for the whole process after I realized my Wide Mouth jar wasn't going to work.

      Thanks again. I enjoyed making this so much I gave my 2 jars away to co-workers.
    1. lmitchell's Avatar
      lmitchell -
      Is there a way to make this that does not involve the use of a blender?
    1. lawannagrace's Avatar
      lawannagrace -
      I just made my first batch of the laundry sauce and it turned out just like the pictures of the sauce. I washed one load of laundry using one tablespoon of laundry sauce and it seemed to clean the clothes however there wasn't any suds which left me wondering if its cleaning properly. Is it still cleaning without any soap suds?
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by johoney View Post
      Is this the same as the moms super laundry sauce just done a different way? Which way is better? Thanks!
      This is the "No Effort, No Fail" Method.
    1. Mommasika's Avatar
      Mommasika -
      How do you specifically line up the gasket? Is there a trick to it? I made one batch successfully but the gasket did get a little cracked. It wouldn't allow a tight seal. So... I need to buy more.

      Someone did ask earlier if this could be made in a blender at once, then put in the jars. Makes sense that it could be..
    1. lawannagrace's Avatar
      lawannagrace -
      I haven't seen any directions to turn the mason jar upside down after filling with bar soap and hot water, but have read a comment or two saying they turned the jar upside down. Is that part of the proceedure for making the soap? I made my first batch without turning the jars upside down and it turned out good.
    1. Donna-M's Avatar
      Donna-M -
      You just keep on getting better and better. Thank you so much.
    1. Extrathrifty's Avatar
      Extrathrifty -
      Has anyone had success with an immersion blender? I would probably "whip" it in a bowl & then transfer to my airtight storage container/ jar of choice.
    1. lucygoose's Avatar
      lucygoose -
      I made the Lavender Laundry Sauce for my first adventure in making laundry detergent. I worked great, but I thought I'd try this method. Can I add the Purex crystals with the borax & washing soda?


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