• 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. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Thanks for this amazing recipe. I have a few tips I have started using that make this easier and I think better.

      1. I use a WIDE mouth mason jar, then use an immersion blender to mix it. I switched to this method after the fourth time cleaning my kitchen counter, bottom cabinets and floor with hot soapy water. I could not get the seal lined up correctly and several batches leaked out.

      2. I made my own soap instead of the Fels Naptha. I made six 3.5 oz bars of 100% coconut oil soap with no super fat (extra oil added for skin conditioning benefits) It works great and I know what is in the soap.
    1. sandesnow's Avatar
      sandesnow -
      Quote Originally Posted by RkyMtnSailor85 View Post
      Oh yeah, thanks for the simplified directions. I wasn't looking forward to all that stirring.
      I use ivory soap in place, because I have sensitive skin, and have been able to use it successfully.
    1. HardiBeck's Avatar
      HardiBeck -
      I have the HE washer and the water does not start until door is closed..now what do I do? I want the old fashioned washers back.
    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?
      Suds don't do any cleaning, suds is just the soap and air mixed. the actual cleaning is done by what is in the water.
    1. Karen Brown's Avatar
      Karen Brown -
      Homemade detergent sauce.
      They sell all the ingredients on Amazon together. Enough to make 4 batches. I’m assuming this because there’s 4 bars of soap for around $25. Roughly about 4.5 cents per load. The tide pods that I really like are $20 for 80 loads. I’m going to try Amazon.
      Also can I use The Downy scent boosters in the wash?
    1. ExArmyGirl's Avatar
      ExArmyGirl -
      Quote Originally Posted by k1kobra View Post
      Okay, so I made a double batch of this recipe today. Or the other one on this site and now I can't get back to that page. Anyway, I followed it to a T. But instead of taking 10-15 minutes for the soap to melt, it took almost 25. My brother helped out with the constant whisking. Then it took almost 10 minutes for it to completely incorporate the dry stuff. Spaghetti arms.

      Instead of 4 quart mason jars it took 8. I filled 2 jars at a time to the 12 ounce mark, which is half full by the markings, then mixed a bit in between to keep consistent mixture. Then I added 12 ounces of water to each jar. Some began separating right away. Now at the 4 hour mark and only 3 look like they separated correctly. The others look like they are 3/4 or more full of the solid part with little to no liquid. What did I do wrong? I will now have to attempt another heat, mix and separate journey. This recipe sounded so good and easy, but I have found it to be a bit more work than expected. 4 1/2 hours now are turning into 8-10. Not so simple after all. Blahhhhhh!
      18 Aug 2018

      I am not an expert by any means at all, but.....if the 12 oz mark is half-way on your jars than you are NOT using a 32 oz quart size jar which is what both the original cook and the refined no cook method call for. If you are re-using Classico or any other spaghetti jars those are only 24 oz jars generally. Reading is fundamental and oh so important, but these days most people are unaware of the cooking terms and abbreviations because schools quit teaching home economics.
    1. ExArmyGirl's Avatar
      ExArmyGirl -
      Quote Originally Posted by bopeep View Post
      I have now used this laundry soap for one year, and would like to give it a review! I have not tried the non cooked recipes as yet, but I will tell you what I think of the long version. First of all, it is very time consuming, and leaves a big mess in the kitchen! The second thing that happened, is that the Fels Naptha shredding in my food processor has really taken a toll on it, even though it is only two years old, and just off warranty. Having to replace one of those every few years, can certainly add on to the price of the soap! Next we come to something that is very irritating to me. Why does it have to go into a quart jar? They are not very user friendly when it comes to getting the tablespoon of soap out of the jar and into the washer, especially when one gets down about half way! It gets all over my hands. It is also hard to get it out of the jar and into a blender! I'm sure many of you who have done this, can testify that once you try to open the jar after it has been upside down, at least one of the jars is going to spill all over! I have purchased two blenders now, and neither one of them is the right size on the bottom to "just screw the canning jar on the blade and blend"! That is also adding to the price of the homemade soap! (Yes, I have tried both regular and wide mouth jars.) Can anyone tell me what brand of blender to get? On a side note, the cheap blender I bought two months ago not only was the wrong size for the jar mouth, but when I scrapped the soap out of the jars to blend, the substance was so thick that it burned out the motor on one batch of soap! Even with adding extra water to help it!
      Lastly I come to the topic of rating the soap itself. It is the very best laundry soap I have ever used!!!!! If you have the problem of stinky towels, this takes care of it very well! Although it may take a few washes to totally eliminate that problem, as it did in our household, as our water is so bad. It does well on dirt, and baby laundry. I don't know if it would work by itself on grease, as I always have a bottle of Greased Lightening in the laundry room for that purpose. The stain that it seems to have a hard time with in our household, with our type of water, is tomato, like pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce. So I just have a bottle of Shout on hand too, and after a year, have only used about two inches of the bottle! I also keep a bar of the Fels Naptha by the washer to rub on stains, does great with ring around the collar! It gets out farm smells, and teen-age boys socks smells! What I am saying is, because I have the time, it is worth it for me to make this soap because your clothes smell like clothes, and come out clean! Next time I need soap, I will definitely try the fast method.
      18 Aug 2018

      I am sorry you are having so many troubles actually making this recipe as it is stated because it should be rather easy as Liss is like "America's Test Kitchen" in that she troubleshoots her recipes before posting them. Please from one mother to another, do the no cook short version of this recipe. After putting the hot water over the soap in the jar, put the cover on, turn the jar upside down to cool. When gelled, turn right side up and use the evil plastic straw to make several air holes for it to fall to the bottom before proceeding to the mix phase on the blender (after you have added the dry ingredients). I have no had any jars spill over, however, there is always a bit of the soap still dripping off of the blades and gasket when I take it off the jar so I do that at the sink and use that to wash whatever nasty greasy stuff is in my sink then (there is always something that fits that description in my kitchen by the way). I have had no issues with my food processor up to this point, but like many things in this world, they are not all created alike, so that being said, try the microwave method to crumble your Fels Naptha bars. As to which blender to buy, I have an old Sunbeam (+20 yrs old) and a new Oster (+4 yrs old) and both fit all regular mouth canning jars and even a pickle jar from slab pickles I got at Dollar Tree. My fix for not getting the substance out of the jar for use is the Betty Crocker covered bowls from Dollar Tree...just need to make sure that I don't mix it past the 64 oz mark on the bowl.

    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Would this work with Kirk's original cocoa Castile soap bars? I have to use pure natural soaps (no harsh chemicals or fragrances). Feels naptha triggers headaches with me.
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