Are you a bit domestically challenged? Try our Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies! This 7 minute, no-cook laundry detergent recipe makes anough Heavy Duty Laundry Detergent to wash 128 Loads of laundry, but it takes up very little room and less than $2.00 to make.

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  • 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 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

    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 583 Comments
    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.
    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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