• 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. Gmato52004's Avatar
      Gmato52004 -
      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
      I believe the recipe calls for a 5.05 oz bar of the soap.
    1. lgagen's Avatar
      lgagen -
      Gahhh!!! So frustrated. Tried this method and while the consistency I got is the same, it is slightly grainy and it doesn't dissolve in cold water washes. I read the directions again, for the 15th time, and I did everything correctly. However, in the FAQ section it said that the powdered ingredients didn't dissolve correctly . .. so should I have waited for it to dissolve or stirred it? It didn't say that in the directions, so I dumped in the water until it was just past the shoulders of the jar (quart size mason jar) and put it on the blender. Now what? I do mostly cold water washes so what can I do with the 2 jars I have now? Don't even ask me about the powdered dishwasher detergent . . . .
    1. tmmygrrtt's Avatar
      tmmygrrtt -
      What else can u store it in if udn have mason jars??

      My hubby's clothes disgust me w/grease from work, automobiles, dirt, mudd etc. & my sons clothes also. My question is can u use this recipe for a stain treater for all types of stains (inc food & drinks) before u launder. Thnx, tammy

      Important Moderator Note multiple questions from same member combined into single comment by mods
    1. lululovesu's Avatar
      lululovesu -
      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.
      I am just wondering if anyone has tried using these yet to see how it worked..

      Did you ever try adding the crystals? If so when did you do it, did it turn out? etc = )
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by lululovesu View Post
      I am just wondering if anyone has tried using these yet to see how it worked..

      Did you ever try adding the crystals? If so when did you do it, did it turn out? etc = )

      The Dr Bronners works okay, fels works the best, Ivory does NOT get the laundry clean and leaves a residue on the clothes. You can add crystals at the same time as the other dry ingredients.
    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 kirk's coco castile soap, it comes regular or unscented, and is gentle but works well in laundry soaps. I also add essential oils to my detergent.
    1. lululovesu's Avatar
      lululovesu -
      Quote Originally Posted by bagheera47 View Post
      Thank you for posting these instructions. I've been making my own laundry soap for some time, but I was excited by the new method using the canning jar and blender.

      I have one comment I think should be added to the instructions. "Use a Regular Mouth Canning Jar".
      So you don't feel like I need to wait for it to gel? Mine is so watery, but it's only been an hour. I'm just impatient and want to get some laundry done! = )
    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?
      Most soaps and cleaner add an ingreant that has nothing to do with cleaning just to make it sud-up. Because, your not alone in assosating sudding with cleaning, however they are not at all related. This gose back to the orginal soaps which just happened to sud.
    1. Kitabear333's Avatar
      Kitabear333 -
      So I made this laundry detergent using the directions for Dummie Detergent #2. I was super excited because 1. I love to be frugal and 2 my husband works in a kitchen and his clothes are filthy so I was excited about being able to get his clothes truly clean. So I followed the steps accordingly however my end product DOES NOT have the consistency of mayonnaise. It is not smooth at all at least not on the top, it is kind of frothy. Plus there was enough left over that I was able to half way fill another court jar. So I am assuming on the last step of filling to the shoulders I put too much. Can anyone help me "fix" my batch or give me any ideas?
    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 think I am going to do the same. I am thinking if I use wide mouth jars I won't have to transfer it, just do it in them.
    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 made this today with a stick blender. The stick blender wouldn't fit into the regular mason jar opening so I placed everything in a glass bowl. Then transfered back to the mason jar. It worked out well. I think next time I make this I will use a wide mouth mason jar so I don't have to transfer back and forth. Hope this helps.
    1. sharonw53's Avatar
      sharonw53 -
      I made it and today was the first time I used it. What a surprise to find my clothes cleaner than ever with no heavy perfumey smell. I love this and will never go back to commercially produced detergent. Thanks, Liss for posting this, especially the "dummies" version.
    1. danie2k's Avatar
      danie2k -
      I have tried the powdered version ( for about 3-4 months now ), the cooked version and now the uncooked version. the powdered version very easy the cooked version worked well but was mess i also think i need the wide mouth mason jars which i ordered recently but was a little messier, and i had to reheat to get the grit from the powdered borax and the washing soda smooth and the no cook version also worked well but i had some issues. The soap was kind of lumpy still next time i will cut into smaller peices or shave it down and it did go solid like the picture but only for 1 day after tht it was more like a wet paste but hard at the very bottom like in the picture and i know i only added 1 1/2 cup boiling water once i got it out of the jar to mix it was fine but made a little more then the jar could hold. I did laundry with the whipped version for the first time this weeked and they all worked wonderful.
    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 used my immersion blender because dummy me bought wide mouth jars! The good thing is that it worked very well, I got my mayonnaise-like laundry sauce! Now waiting for my 2 teen boys to come back from soccer practice...if it can clean THAT, I will be in heaven! Thank you Liss, I have learned a lot from your site, keep up the hard work!!!!!!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by kathyk View Post
      will this work with zote soap also

      No, it will not. I believe this was covered in the original "cooking" detergent.
    1. Hossgal7's Avatar
      Hossgal7 -
      Does it HAVE to be Fels Naptha or will a bar of Castile soap work as well?? Not adverse to finding the Fels Naptha, just curious..
    1. joycem's Avatar
      joycem -
      Thanks for this recipe!! I've been using it for two weeks and it does a great job on our laundry. I made extra and gave some to my daughter and to my daughter-in-law.
    1. jantaylor's Avatar
      jantaylor -
      I just finished making my first batch of moms super laundry sauce. I followed all the directions and it turned out just like the the pictures. I cant wait untill tomorow when I do my laundry!
    1. Jeanne1950's Avatar
      Jeanne1950 -
      The Super Laundry Sance is Fabulous!!! I have been using it for about a month now and my laundry has come out beautiful. And it has saved me alot of money
    1. OmaDucky's Avatar
      OmaDucky -
      In my homemade powdered soap I add water softener powder as we have very hard water, and a tiny amount of TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) can these be added to this recipe? Thanks!
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