• Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies

    Are 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 costs less than $2.00 to make.
    myo super concentrated homemade laundry detergent- use just 1 tbs per load

    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!)

    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 used SARD Wonder Soap in place of the fels naptha)
    3 c. water
    1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax Powder
    1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not Baking Soda)

    2 (1 qt) Mason Jars

    30 drops Essential Oil of your choice such as Lavender, Jasmine, etc

    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.

    How to make Mom's Super Laundry Sauce, step by step

    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:

    How to make Mom's Super Laundry Sauce, step by step

    The next day (or several days down the road, depending on your schedule!), open the jar, use a butter knife to make a "criss-cross" pattern to loosen the gelled fels naphtha
    off the bottom when you whip it. Add 1/2 cup borax and 1/2 cup washing soda to each jar.

    At this point, if you'd like to add a scent to the sauce, directly add your essential oil(s). We've found lavender or jasmine to work quite well.

    How to make Mom's Super Laundry Sauce, step by step

    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...
    How to make Mom's Super Laundry Sauce, step by step

    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.

    How to make Mom's Super Laundry Sauce, step by step

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

    How to make Mom's Super Laundry Sauce, step by step

    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 it 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)

    How to make Mom's Super Laundry Sauce, step by step

    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.

    How to make Mom's Super Laundry Sauce, step by step

    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)

    How to make Mom's Super Laundry Sauce, step by step

    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:

    How to make Mom's Super Laundry Sauce, step by step

    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:

    How to make Mom's Super Laundry Sauce, step by step

    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.

    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
    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 588 Comments
    1. MrsGate's Avatar
      MrsGate -
      Quote Originally Posted by Baygirl02 View Post
      Castile Soap is a natural soap you can use to make your own. As far as I can tell you can only get it in the US. Walmart carries it. I am thinking of ordering it as well. You can make everything with it, from hand soap to shampoo's to laundry soap. And you just add your own fragrance. You can also get some that already had different fragrances as well. Good luck.
      I found Castile soap at Cracker Barrel if that helps any....
    1. KimberH's Avatar
      KimberH -
      Quote Originally Posted by Extrathrifty View Post
      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.
      I put my mixture in a 2.5 quart rubbermaid container (it is an oblong container 9.5 inches long, 4.5 inches wide and 5 inches deep), let it set for a few hours or overnight then get out my stick blender and whip it up for a few minutes to the right consistency. And ther you have it all in one container ready to go, no glass jar no mess.
    1. dmmos3's Avatar
      dmmos3 -
      Has anyone ever tried to store this in a pump bottle, like a lotion bottle or such. I was thinking of just pumping equivalent to a teaspoon onto a washcloth or scrap cloth and tossing it into the front loader.
    1. theboysmom's Avatar
      theboysmom -
      Well, I have been using homemade laundry soap for some time now and have the same problem that has been voiced from others..the darned bucket is a pain to store!! So, I found this recipe and finally made it, we did our first laundry with it yesterday. My husband works outdoors, in the dirt and in grease his work shirts were awful, I was resolve to the fact that they were stained beyond cleaning. I washed them with the Super Laundry Sauce, and although I will not say that they are spotless, they are much cleaner than they have been in a long time!! Really like the storage factor with this concentrated version, but we did have to improvise when it came to mixing it; mixing in the quart jar just didn't cut it..after measuring everything into the jar, we transferred it to the blender jar and did just fine!! Although, I am not a big fan of the smell of the Sauce, I survive it!! Will definitely use this one for a long time!!
    1. Darby5's Avatar
      Darby5 -
      This sounds awesome! Can't wait to try it!!!
    1. Cissy8630's Avatar
      Cissy8630 -
      I made my first batch a few weeks ago, and have now done about three weeks' worth of laundry, including my husband's work clothes (he's a welder), his paintball clothes, a double sleeping bag, and my delicate work clothes. The laundry sauce worked great on his dirty work clothes AND my nice ones! I'm very happy with this. I did have to improvise a bit because my washer is an HE washer that fills from the bottom, so I couldn't just let the water wash the sauce off the spoon. I did notice that a few small clumps remained on clothing if I just put a spoonful in the bin with the clothes, so now I put a tablespoonful in an empty peanut butter jar with a little hot water and use the spoon to mush it up real well. Then I fill the rest of the jar with hot water, put the lid on, and shake it up. I just pour that into the bin before I load the dirty clothes and wash as usual. This stuff is great, and I really like how inexpensive it is. I've already shared this page with several friends, and I'm looking forward to trying many more of these great ideas. Thanks!!!
    1. dunderwood's Avatar
      dunderwood -
      Gonna make this first thing in the morning! Thank you! Certainly will save moneyon laundry soap!
    1. Pam0221's Avatar
      Pam0221 -
      Going to try this as soon as my previous batch of homemade detergent is done. I can't seem to get the other to stop separating!
    1. TerriRH's Avatar
      TerriRH -
      Does the tablespoon work on any size of load? Wondering if it would make a difference depending on the amount of water used.
    1. Healy14's Avatar
      Healy14 -
      I donot have blender can I use my kitchen aid n
      Mixer then put it in jar? Do u have to use glass jar?
    1. Justathot's Avatar
      Justathot -
      Does this work with HE washers?
    1. Blanchard1's Avatar
      Blanchard1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RkyMtnSailor85 View Post
      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?
      I have read A LOT of similar recipes and they say you can use Zoute, Glycerine Soap or whatever you like. I'm thinking that if you have sensitive skin that Glycerine would be your best option.
    1. Blanchard1's Avatar
      Blanchard1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lmitchell View Post
      Is there a way to make this that does not involve the use of a blender?
      There is a recipe that calls for no cooking at all and no blender. Just grind up your bar soap or use a grater and mix it in with the other dry ingredients. Takes the same amount of detergent.
    1. Valarie51's Avatar
      Valarie51 -
      Today is Feb. 10th 2014, I just joined Budget101 this mo. and I have just compleated making homemade laundry Sauce !!!!! Thanks to such great directions .... Im sharing the sauce and this site ............. I did take pictures but Im not to sure how to upload it for you to see..........
    1. wratliff's Avatar
      wratliff -
      I found that if you add the hot water to both jars before you blend one jar will be super smooth and the other a bit gritty. I don't know if the time spent blending the first jar caused some issues or not. So now I do each jar individually and get a smooth texture on both
    1. bearguess's Avatar
      bearguess -
      Cant wait to try this one!
    1. Wolfwayz's Avatar
      Wolfwayz -
      We'll be trying this one very soon.
    1. kristinaa's Avatar
      kristinaa -
      I am really excited to try this! Any advice for what to do with the dirty tbs spoon? I used to just toss the plastic cup in the wash so it got cleaned with the clothes. I don't want to put a spoon in the washer. Who knows where it will end up?? Perhaps with all the unmatched socks?

      lol Question: When does the new pig get posted for the day? thx!!https://www.budget101.com/images/smilies/beaverhug.gif
    1. juliamarie32's Avatar
      juliamarie32 -
      Hello! Started my first batch tonight (we'll see how it turns out!) I didn't realize that Fels Naptha uses animal fat in it. I'm a Pescatarian and while I realize it's almost impossible to avoid animal biproducts completely, I do like to try to. Anyone have any ideas of what I can substitute for the Fels Naptha that is more vegetarian friendly?

    1. Beftaco6909's Avatar
      Beftaco6909 -
      I tried it using a mason jar lid without the center insert, the blender blade and rubber seal were held in place nicely.
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