• Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies

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    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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