• Original Mom's Super Laundry Sauce Laundry Soap Recipe

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    1. BaconEater's Avatar
      BaconEater -
      Great Recipe, thank you for sharing
    1. cklein62's Avatar
      cklein62 -
      i use the duggar's recipe for home-made laundry soap and all the ingredient's are the same except i like the idea of your's being concentrated! will use this recipe after my current soap is all used up!!
    1. MrsPaws's Avatar
      MrsPaws -
      does long term storage affect the detergent's effectiveness or consistency and how long is too long as far as storage for this recipe?
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by MrsPaws View Post
      Does long term storage affect the detergent's effectiveness or consistency and how long is too long as far as storage for this recipe?
      It may become slightly firmer, yet still spoonable with long term storage. It doesn't appear to affect the effectiveness/potency of the detergent. We've stored laundry soap for over a year before (due to forgetting a jar).
    1. pennyjean's Avatar
      pennyjean -
      i have made this before i was just wondering if you ever had the soap to make yor clothes look dingy? i have and that is why i stopped making it . could you tell me what i might be doing wrong?
    1. MabelMartha's Avatar
      MabelMartha -
      the number one reason clothes look dingy is too much soap. a little vinegar instead of fabric softener in the rinse cycle will help remove detergent build-up.
    1. jenniferm.coult's Avatar
      jenniferm.coult -
      i'm wondering if you can add scents to this recipe?
      if so..how much..
    1. The2fields's Avatar
      The2fields -
      can you use this soap in the dishwasher?
    1. Bvenable's Avatar
      Bvenable -
      can this soap be used in a he washer?
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by The2fields View Post
      Can you use this soap in the dishwasher?
      NO. Fels Naptha is not meant to be used on Dishes. There are a number of (Tried-n-True) homemade dishwasher detergents on the site.

      Budget101.com - - Homemade Dishwasher pellets | Make Your Own Dish Detergents | Tips-n-Tricks Kitchen

      https://www.budget101.com/frugal-sav...quid-help.html

      Quote Originally Posted by jenniferm.coult View Post
      i'm wondering if you can add scents to this recipe?
      if so..how much..
      Yes, you could, depends on what you use for scent, if you try it, let us know how it worked for you.

      Quote Originally Posted by pennyjean View Post
      I have made this before I was just wondering if you ever had the soap to make yor clothes look dingy? I have and that is why I stopped making it . Could you tell me what I might be doing wrong?

      1. Too Much Soap
      2. Hard water or Soft Water Issues

      Quote Originally Posted by Bvenable View Post
      Can this soap be used in a HE washer?

      YES.
    1. monhollenmom's Avatar
      monhollenmom -
      hi, so glad you posted this! 1st: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! Omg!

      Its like a magic bullet!

      Wow.
      Ok, next: I simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. Is this the same thing as like powered detergent? I can find that all day long.

      I finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it.

      I will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it. I will be making this tho, i love the idea of a "sauce" rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!
    1. sexton101's Avatar
      sexton101 -
      does it have to be fels naptha? i found a beatiful rose scented bar soap, could this be substituted?
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by sexton101 View Post
      Does it HAVE TO BE Fels Naptha? I found a beatiful rose scented bar soap, could this be substituted?
      Yes, it MUST be fels naptha, other types of soap will leave a dingy film on your clothes.
    1. kingdawnking's Avatar
      kingdawnking -
      Quote Originally Posted by monhollenmom View Post
      hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

      its like a magic bullet!

      wow.
      ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent? i can find that all day long.

      i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it.

      i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it. i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a "sauce" rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!
      the fels soap in in the detergent isle along with the borax and washing soda. at the walmart in my area the soap was right next to the borax and washing soda.
    1. Ashmeg's Avatar
      Ashmeg -
      can you use this on an he washer?
    1. allison92's Avatar
      allison92 -
      i've tried this recipes twice and i'm having a few problems with it. first, the fels naptha takes about 30min to completely melt and I grated it. I never let it boil and it still becomes very sudsy.

      The borax and soda take about 15min to dissolve and even after that its not completely dissolved.

      I used 4 pint mason jars because that's all I had. I whipped it on the blender which worked fine. But it doesn't dissolve in the washer.

      I'm really sure what I'm doing wrong.

      I follwed to directions exactly. Also wasn't sure if you add hot or cold water to the jars or if it mattered. Thanks
    1. pianojanie's Avatar
      pianojanie -
      do you have a large pot used only for soap making? can food be cooked in pot after soap making? thank you.
    1. Asianchik435's Avatar
      Asianchik435 -
      i did this today!

      so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot.... a lot of money on laundry detergent. my darling fiancé is a farmer which means heavily soiled clothes...

      included tractor grease, hydraulic fuel, and cow manure.

      yuckk. we are gain snobs simply because tide makes him itchy. so anyways i wanted to give this a whirl to save money since a.) this is less expensive to make and b.) i wouldn't have to use so much per load.

      so to try out this recipe i only made half. i got all the ingredients at my local walmart. the fels naptha was $0.97 and the other two...

      Well one was about $2.50 and the other about $3.50.

      So I get home, and I heated 2 cups of water in a large pot. I don't even own any medium sized pots anymore (long story-lol) but I used my smaller 10 Qt stainless steel pot. I didn't process nor grate the soap.

      Since I was halving the recipe I only needed half the bar.

      To my surprise when I went to chop it in Half I noticed it was very soft so I just shaved it with my knife and gave it a few good run throughs. It looked fine enough to me. I let my water come to a boil.

      I tossed my soap in and started stirring with a wooden spoon immediately.

      Then turned heat to medium. this part i was not expecting..... i swear i stirred that soap for 35 minutes!

      It felt like it anyways, I really wish I would have timed myself.

      Lets just blame it on the humidity! Us here in south alabama blame everything on humidity! But it would build up on my spoon and I'd scrape it off and stir and over and over ugh!

      I finally had about 5 baby pieces and was like "oh they'll live" and went on to the next part- (at this time my liquid was a yellowish tint and slightly thickened)

      I turned off the heat while I opened my Borax. I measured half a cup dumped it in, and I stirred immediately. The Borax dissolved almost immediately.

      Now my liquid was thicker (almost a Liquid hand soap consitency) and I'm still stirring.....

      And trying to open my washing soda.... At the same time. Left hand-- wooden spoon.

      Right hand-- steak knife.

      Anyways I put the spoon down to open and measure my Soda. When I dumped it in the mixture was immediately thick and gloopy. But I thought to my self keep stirring sista!

      After about 10 minutes my mixture still had the same ricotta cheese consistency.

      it would not go away. i kept stirring and stirring. so ugh!

      i thought- perhaps some water evaporated out while i was melting my soap, because my mixture was thick!

      so i added approximately 1 cup of boiling water (by the way my well was gettig worked on today so the only means of warm water or water at all for that matter was ice!) and I turned my burner back on to medium. I'm not sure what helped more... the extra water or the heat...

      but finally it dissolved through more stirring.

      It was still slightly grainy though, but I just couldn't stir any longer! Both my hands were asleep!! So I got my quart mason jar, scraped the pot (lord, I really need a sauce pan for this job) and filled the rest up with water to the shoulder.

      It immediately started to separate.

      I turned it upside down and went shopping from 11:30 to 5:00. when I got home I noticed my top solid layer wasnt as... Um...

      Solid?

      As yours! There were holes and unevenness in my solids but oh well. I turned the jar on its side, and it stayed liked yours so good enough I suppose!

      I took off my cap and added my blender blade. (My mother actually was throwing out this blender last year, and I saved the base and screw cap because I knew it fit a mason jar! I've never used it though because I have a Ninja Blender that makes snow out of ice, and I lovvvvve it)

      Anywho- I go to plug in and turn on the blender and boom pop crack!! black smoke going everywhere! guess that blender had seen better days!

      into the trash!

      no fear ninja is here! i scraped (which was a lot easier than i expected) the solids into my ninja with the liquids and buzzed it up! i didn't really notice too much of a grainy texture.

      it looked like yours- a whipped glossy mayonnaise type deal.

      i scraped all the detergent back into my quart jar (which by the way it didn't all fit-- i had about 1/2-3/4 pint extra (but that's probably because its hard to pack a jar with "whipped" contents because of all the fluffiness and air pockets))

      Anyways! Now to test it out!
      I went and gathered my darling-farming-fiance's dirty clothes from the laundry basket (also known as the floor) and started a load. I had at least a table spoon of detergent in my blender and on the blade, so I filled my blender up with water and gave it a buzz.

      Easy clean up, and I didn't have to waste any detergent

      1st load- watered down detergent. Successful. My clothes were fresh and smelled good (I also used snuggle fabric softener in a downy ball)

      2nd load-
      I loaded my clothes in the washer as it filled up with water. The washer was almost All the way full, and I ker-plunked a table spoon of laundry sauce right on top and shut the lid. I came back maybe 10 minutes later to see floating on top.....

      2-3 penny sized dollops of detergent.

      well its not too bad of an issue because I'm sure it all dissolved and my washer is set on double rinse so not a problem.

      3rd load. As the water was filling up, I got a table spoon of detergent, and I let the washer's water fall hit the edge of my spoon little by little till it whisked away all the detergent off my spoon. (I know it's hard to explain) but I basically just wanted it to be some-what pieced up instead of a big blob that might not get dissolved fast enough for full usability.

      That's all for today!
      Maybe tomorrow I'll ker-plunk a blob of detergent into the bottom of the washer before the water and clothes so perhaps the clothes will have time to break it up once the agitation starts before it can float to the top.
      (By the way I have a regular old-school washing machine with the agitator in the middle- no HE, 1/3 of the water stuff here for me! Trust me.

      It doesn't work on farming clothes.

      I've tried. Plus it's well water! so soft...

      and free .

      )

      fortunately-unfortunately since it has been the holidays that darling farmer of mine hasn't had any heavily soiled clothes, but spring is right around the corner, so i'm sure that will change soon.
      i will def do an update.

      so next time:
      -i need a medium sauce pan
      -i'm going to food-process the soap so it is finer. maybe it will dissolve faster. (i might even incorporate a little at a time instead of dumping it into my water all at once)
      -have all of my ingredients pre-measured and set aside.
      -hunt me down a non-smoking blender in a yard sale for cheap.
      because lord knows i did a lot of scraping today.

      i had to scrape the soap out of my pot into my jar, out of my jar into my blender, out of my blender into my jar, out of my blender into my washer.

      lort that's a lot of scraping. maybe i can minimize that next time!

      but! overall i'm happy.
      i'm sorry i'm rambling a lot, but i just want to help anyone else out there thinking about trying this
      i like to give full-detailed reviews!
    1. WendyK84's Avatar
      WendyK84 -
      followed instructions but ingredients did not separate. any idea what went wrong?
      i guess the only instruction i didn't follow was turning the jar upside down, because the jars i bought don't seal well and soap came pouring out of them when i flipped them.
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by allison92 View Post
      I've tried this recipes twice and I'm having a few problems with it. First, the fels naptha takes about 30min to completely melt and I grated it. I never let it boil and it still becomes very sudsy. The borax and soda take about 15min to dissolve and even after that its not completely dissolved. I used 4 pint mason jars because that's all I had. I whipped it on the blender which worked fine. But it doesn't dissolve in the washer. I'm really sure what I'm doing wrong. I follwed to directions exactly. Also wasn't sure if you add hot or cold water to the jars or if it mattered. Thanks
      It must be made according to the directions, you cannot use pint jars, you must use quart jars and it should not take more than 12-15 minutes for the (Fels naptha) soap to melt.
      Maybe your heat isn't turned up quite enough, it should be at a decent simmer.

      You must MIX the borax and the washing soda together BEFORE pouring them into the melted fels naptha and it takes Maybe 4 minutes in all to fully dissolve them so that there is NO grainy texture.

      I literally just made another batch less than an hour ago, I really can't tell what you're doing wrong, but it sounds like you don't have the correct water ratio due to using smaller jars and it sounds like the washing soap and borax were not mixed together, hence the texture you ended up with.
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