• 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!)

    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 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

    Optional:
    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
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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 588 Comments
    1. SC_GAL's Avatar
      SC_GAL -
      WONDERFUL, works great ... having been using in my HE washer for almost 2 months and don't miss buying those $$$HE$$$ detergents...
    1. Candycane's Avatar
      Candycane -
      I didn't see if someone had already asked this, but how is this detergent for sensitive skin. I have tried multitudes of detergents and almost every one has caused me irritation. I would love to find one that's easy on my skin and my wallet.
    1. sleepblack's Avatar
      sleepblack -
      Quote Originally Posted by lawannagrace View Post
      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?

      This is supposed to be non sudsy, we have an obsession with suds in the US, but they are not required for cleaning. I've made my own laundry detergent (dry) for about 6 years now, and I love it, it takes me about 20 minutes to make a huge batch that lasts me about 4 months

      Quote Originally Posted by Candycane View Post
      I didn't see if someone had already asked this, but how is this detergent for sensitive skin. I have tried multitudes of detergents and almost every one has caused me irritation. I would love to find one that's easy on my skin and my wallet.
      I make dry detergent with Zote for my Eczema ridden daughter, I use it for the whole family and it works fantastic for her skin. I imagine that Fels Naptha would work better, I can just get the Zout for $0.90 a bar an
    1. cozyrozy's Avatar
      cozyrozy -
      I am so going to try this tomorrow..the only difference would be using the immersion blender. thanks for the information!
    1. mommamerri's Avatar
      mommamerri -
      Can you please tell me what size your bars of Fels is? I see that it comes in 2 sizes. Plus, I am using a HUGE bar of (14.1 oz) of Lirio because they are cheaper and smell better than Fels.. si I need to adjust the recipe
    1. djssaab's Avatar
      djssaab -
      Just made this today and it turned out perfect. For those who are concerned about the splash back when you open the jars after they have set for the recommended time, I used a two tine cooking fork to puncture the thick layer, allowing the liquid to drain into the empty space. You can use the fork to break up the solids, too. I did not have any splash, although I did place the jar in a large bowl, just in case. Was so easy to make.
    1. HaleighBaleigh's Avatar
      HaleighBaleigh -
      I was so excited to try this recipe out, I didn't have any washing soda, so I was going to bake the baking soda to make washing soda, but Totally forgot! So I made it all the way before I remembered!!!! Should I put on a cloth lid so it doesn't explode??? Or will the air ruin the rest of the ingredients? I did use my immersion blender which worked awesome!
    1. Gail L's Avatar
      Gail L -
      I tried making this and ended up with a consistency more like shortening. What did I do wrong? Could it have gotten like that from having the blender on too long?
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gail L View Post
      I tried making this and ended up with a consistency more like shortening. What did I do wrong? Could it have gotten like that from having the blender on too long?
      Make sure you use Boiling water next time when you add it to the jar and fill it up a little bit higher in the neck. Shortening consistency is fine, it will still work just as well.
    1. froggysgirl's Avatar
      froggysgirl -
      Now that my hubby is disabled and I'm trying to save money, I just might have to give this one a try....looks easy enough. Thanks!!
    1. Ms Alusa's Avatar
      Ms Alusa -
      I am one of those people who want to be prepared for some tough days ahead. I expect we will NEED to know how to make these things due to unavailability of store products. However, there is always the added benefit of saving money TODAY, and having control of what exactly goes into your product. It is interesting to me, that all of the detergent style DIY recipes that I have tried, are not only much cheaper, but work much better than their store-bought counterparts!!! Great recipe and great article!!
    1. wilhurl's Avatar
      wilhurl -
      Thank you , Will try this ....Just ordered what I need to make !!
    1. wilhurl's Avatar
      wilhurl -
      The 20 Mule Is also good to get rid of ants too !
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      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 just used my immersion blender to whip this in my (oops) wide-mouth canning jars.... It was perfect!
    1. runaway731's Avatar
      runaway731 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dolphin110417 View Post
      Is this detergent safe for use on cloth diapers?
      I only use zote soap it melts faster and comes in different colors. also very easy to shred heating.
    1. azladi5's Avatar
      azladi5 -
      This is a wonderful idea! I love sites like this! Thank you!
    1. HREESE07's Avatar
      HREESE07 -
      This sounds great! I can't wait to make this, will save a lot of money that's for sure.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by lawannagrace View Post
      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?
      If you ask anybody who works on repairing clothes washers, they will tell you that if it doesn't suds it is much safer for the machine, & still effective, than if it does suds because if it does, it is a sign of using too much detergent. Too much is bad for the machine & leaves residues in the items being washed.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      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?
      Several. You could use plain Ivory bar soap, Dr. Bronner's Castile bar soaps, or Kirk's Castile bar soap. Best of luck.
    1. GeneB's Avatar
      GeneB -
      Quote Originally Posted by lawannagrace View Post
      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?
      yes, it will clean very well. Suds are not essential to cleaning -we have "learned" to expect suds because that is what advertisers have led us to believe.
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