• Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies

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    1. Sdye84's Avatar
      Sdye84 -
      does anyone know how well this gets out bad smells? my husband works in a weld shop and all his work shirts reek of sweat. i was them and they smell ok at first but after a day or two of sitting or if he wears them and they get damp at all they smell horrible quickly (even if its not damp from sweat again)...

      looking for something cheap that might help with smell..
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sdye84 View Post
      Does anyone know how well this gets out bad smells? my husband works in a weld shop and all his work shirts reek of sweat. I was them and they smell ok at first but after a day or two of sitting or if he wears them and they get damp at all they smell horrible quickly (even if its not damp from sweat again)...

      looking for something cheap that might help with smell..
      this is a direct quote from the first paragraph of cooking version of this laundry detergent:

      "here is an amazingly simple do it yourself detergent that doesn't leave any residue on clothing, gets nearly every stain known to man out the first time around and smells clean and fresh- oh and did i mention that it costs about $1.76 for 128 loads of laundry?
      Since our teen son started working
      at a fast food restaurant, this has become our most-loved detergent recipe. His clothing was so saturated with heavy french fry and onion ring grease scent that even washing them in tide didn't take out the horrendous smell. i whipped up a half gallon of this detergent and washed his clothes while he was at school- he thought i'd gotten a new shirt from his boss at work!

      first time ever that all of the smell finally came out of his clothes, without further ado - here is my super laundry sauce recipe!"

      hope it helps.
    1. amyatigger's Avatar
      amyatigger -
      i started making this tonight and i may have bought the wide mouth jars. can i use my kitchenaide mixer and whipping whisk to blend it all together tomorrow? also, i put the boiling water into the jars with the fels naptha and then wasn't sure if i should let it cool before sealing them.

      i placed the lids on but left them loose in case they need to release air (i don't can either so wasn't sure about whether the jars would crack). i know not to add oxyclean to the mix but was wondering if you can add oxyclean or bleach to this mix once you go to put it in the washer. one more, if i want to add fragrance to this what is the best to use and where do i get them?

      i'm not afraid of chemicals just wanted to try this to see if i could cut down on cost of detergents but now i'm thinking if this works would be a great gift.*bump*
    1. tngranny's Avatar
      tngranny -
      laundry sauce made and first load of white yard clothes in my he washer. Anxious to see how they turn out and have a few words of oops on me.

      I was in such a hurry today to finish the "Sauce for Dummies" I forgot to add the water before adding to the blender. Took me a minute to figure out why the Flels washing falling and why my blender was groaning: shame:

      Looking through site for more wonderful ideas.
    1. amyatigger's Avatar
      amyatigger -
      i made and tried out my first batch. it works great. i bought the wide mouth jars by accident but all i did was dump everything into my kitchenaid mixer with my wire whisk attachment and started slow then sped up a little (that didn't work well) so i dumped it all into my blender and it came out perfectly.

      it's all back in the jar now. the second batch i just dumped everything into the blender and it almost doubled in size. somehow the mixer method didn't do that.

      it was also more loose skipping the mixer part but then formed better once it cooled. i'm guessing that mixing it first cooled it enough to become the correct consistency. i should also mention that i tried the first method but this morning i measured out the dry ingredients and then added boiling water to the wide mouth jar that had been sitting overnight prior to mixing it.

      either way this stuff works great. i take care of my grandfather and he had some poopy laundry which smelled really bad, it got rid of the stains and the smell. when i put in the washing machine i added 1 small scoop of a generic oxyclean (I bought LA's version from the dollar store just for a little added boost) It worked!

      Thank you so much for this, great idea.
    1. veepman's Avatar
      veepman -
      i want to try this as my wife has sensitive skin. sounds perfect and very easy to do. thanks,
    1. Mommybott's Avatar
      Mommybott -
      this sounds so much easier than the cooking and stirring method. thanks!
    1. Scruff's Avatar
      Scruff -
      i made a batch of this and gave some to my daughter because her little one is so allergic to commercial brands of detergent. she is so impressed she has been telling everyone she knows about this soap. thank you so much and my grandaughter thanks you also !!

    1. Kaylahni's Avatar
      Kaylahni -
      has anyone made a scented speed version? i have yet to make any of these recipes and i'd like to get it right the first time! i do not have a working stove so i like the idea of using a coffee pot to boil the water and adding it to the jars.

      i don't have a blender either but it sounds like an immersion blender in the jar is the way to go. i'm looking forward to getting the ingredients and making a scented speed version. and then, i'm actually excited about doing some laundry!
    1. mmmichelle's Avatar
      mmmichelle -
      i just used the original recipe last night. next time, i'm using one of these methods!! thank you for making it easier for those of us who are domestically challenged.

      it's good to know there are multiple ways to reach the same result. using the original recipe, my process didn't go as well as the instructions described, but it turned out well in the end.
    1. CynthiaS's Avatar
      CynthiaS -
      Quote Originally Posted by mommamerri View Post
      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
      My fels bar is 5.5 oz so about a third of yours.

      I just made this recipe using the no cooking version and don't own any blenders. Took me about 8 minutes with my mixer to get something resembling mayonnaise as it was likely too hot to start out ... my powders weren't dissolving so I kept nuking it in the microwave.

      lol Now I am off to find some dirty laundry to test this out on!!!
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynthiaS View Post
      My fels bar is 5.5 oz so about a third of yours.
      The fels naptha bar used in our Original Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies recipe is also 5.5oz .
    1. joycem's Avatar
      joycem -
      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.
      Just made a batch using my immersion blender and it came out great (Jars won't fit on my blender, so had to improvise) Measured the dry ingredients and water into the canning jars, then transferred it to a plastic storage container and used the immersion blender. Whipped up nicely!

      Should be easier to get it out of the storage container too when nearing the bottom of the container.
    1. phantomgreywolf's Avatar
      phantomgreywolf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Several. You could use plain Ivory bar soap, Dr. Bronner's Castile bar soaps, or Kirk's Castile bar soap. Best of luck.
      Thanks!

      I wanted to try this, but I'm allergic to most perfumes so I wasn't sure if I could. I'll definitely give it a go now!
    1. trish hall's Avatar
      trish hall -
      if you happen to buy mayo at the store.....ave the bottles and store your laundry soap in them saving your mason jars fo canning. upcycling
    1. trish hall's Avatar
      trish hall -
      my husband works with chemicals, store your naptha outside, is can be very flammable
    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?
      I use white Dove soap. Works great.
    1. mimiRN's Avatar
      mimiRN -
      i would love to try this! saw the zote - naptha challenge and noted the zote did not clean very well. what about ivory, dove or even lye soaps?

      i have a number of allergies to contend with.
      thanks!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by trish hall View Post
      My husband works with chemicals, store your naptha outside, is can be very flammable
      I am a chemist. Fels Naptha does not contain the chemical Naptha and is safe to store in the laundry room.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by trish hall View Post
      My husband works with chemicals, store your naptha outside, is can be very flammable
      wrong wrong wrong...
      naptha the chemical is a petroleum byproduct. it should be stored and handled like gasoline.

      fels naptha is a brand/marketing name. the naptha connotation is related to the palm, tallow and coconut acids used in the soap.

      ingredients from their website.
      soap (sodium tallowate*, sodium cocoate* (or) sodium palmate kernelate*, and sodium palmate*), water, talc, cocnut acid*, palm acid*, tallow acid*, peg-6 methyl ether, glycerin, sorbitol, sodium chloride, pentasodium pentetate and/or tetrasodium etidronate, titatium dioxide, fragrance, Acid Orange (CI 20170), Acid yellow 73 (ci43350)
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