• Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies

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    1. snowspirit's Avatar
      snowspirit -
      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 just completed making a batch of the Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies Method #2. After I combined the Fels Naptha to the diluted soda/borax mixture, along with about 1/2 cup of water in a large mixing bowl, I used the immersion blender to mix it all.

      It worked great! I then poured the batch in whatever size jars I could find. So YES, it does work if you don't have a blender.
    1. snowspirit's Avatar
      snowspirit -
      i'm one happy canadian! just made my first batch of super laundry sauce for dummies method #2. One issue I had, perhaps other Canuks will have, is that our mason jars are metric sizes, not the imperial , ie, 500 ml, 1L , as opposed to 1 Qt.

      I made an executive decision to combine all my ingredients in a large bowl, adding about 1/2 cup of water and blend using an immersion mixer. I thought it looked pretty darn good. I then scooped the sauce into my 1L sized jars and tadda...



      Finished my first load of laundry and it's clean and has a light scent. Will try the lavender version once this batch is done.

      Side note: Fels Naptha is impossible to find in Southern Ontario - I had drive to Buffalo, NY and found the bars at Walmart for $.99!
    1. ContentedQueen's Avatar
      ContentedQueen -
      i made the dummies version #1. And I love it! :cloud9 I have also shared either the finished product, or the recipe, and site link to almost everyone I know.

      Well, not EVERYONE, but you know what I mean. anyway, I have two "issues" come up that I haven't noticed anyone seeming to have. 1.

      The second day after I made it, the consistency turned from "mayonnaise" to"Shea butter". It still works fine, but is now a little stiffer than the first day. And 2.

      After a few days it began to separate, and I had to stir it up with my dipping spoon. Which, by the way, I just toss into the wash with my laundry to clean. We have a top loader, with no dasher, model.

      It's a breeze! But getting back to my issues... I didn't have a seal for my blender at the time of making my sauce, so I used a hand mixer instead.

      Could that be the issue of my "issues"...? Lol But anyway, it is great stuff, and I'm sticking to it like glue!
    1. RWRoses's Avatar
      RWRoses -
      i noticed that it says to add when water is running into washer. i have a front loader and the water will not run until the door is shut and locked and it will not open unless you turn the washer off. will hurt to put the soap directly onto the clothes before i start the washer?
      thank you for your help.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ms Alusa View Post
      I am one of those people who want to be prepared for some tough days ahead. I expect we will need to know how to make these things due to unavailability of store products. however, there is always the added benefit of saving money today, and having control of what exactly goes into your product.

      it is interesting to me, that all of the detergent style diy recipes that i have tried, are not only much cheaper, but work much better than their store-bought counterparts!!! great recipe and great article!!
      Unless you are also learning to make the Fells soap, Borax, and washing powder, all of these things still come from a store.
    1. Tashdan's Avatar
      Tashdan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Unless you are also learning to make the Fells soap, Borax, and washing powder, all of these things still come from a store.
      I bought 10 bars of Fels ($10) 3 Boxes of Borax $7.25 and 3 Boxes of Washing Soda $6.80- for a total of $24.05 The same price as 1 1/2 bottles of Tide- I have enough supplies to make detergent for literally 10 years. I don't need the store any more, I AM the store. hahahahaha
    1. Sherrylynn's Avatar
      Sherrylynn -
      i made. this laundry sauce today and it came out fantastic, seems more like whipped cream than mayo though and made more than two quarts. can you store the sauce in plastic coffee containers, so much easier to dip out than in jars?
    1. Bella'sNana's Avatar
      Bella'sNana -
      i used a stick mixer and it worked great. i put the bar of soap in the food processer and grated it. added it to the hot water and mixed it.

      then added the borax and washing soda and mixed. it thickened right up. i let it cool and whipped it again.

      put in it an air tight heavy plastic container and it works great. it does not suds up but it works great.
      i have a question about the "new" front end washing machines...do you think they work better then the regular top loaders and why? do they save time?
    1. Bella'sNana's Avatar
      Bella'sNana -
      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.
      Yes that would work. I used a stick blender with out a problem.

      Whipped it once. Let it cool and whipped it again. Then put it a large heavy plastic container that is airtight.
    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?
      You can use Ivory bar soap as well!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by surviving101 View Post
      Can't you just put it all in the blender then in the jars?
      I just made a triple batch using the above proportions in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixing wand/blender. All good. Just scoop it into whatever you will be storing it into.

      Thank all for the information here. Really nice brew!
    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?
      this is a low-sudsing detergent, so don't worry about not seeing many suds.

      it is working! that's why you can use the same amount in an he machine and a regular machine.
    1. tabberz74's Avatar
      tabberz74 -
      i found an easier way to "grate" my soap. i simply cut the bar in half and placed both halves on a paper plate...popped into the microwave and nuked in 30 second bursts(on high)..took just under 2 minutes total. It will puff up like a sponge, then let it cool off completely.

      Once it's cooled off it just crumbles...takes less time than grating that stuff(especially when you have arthritic hands)...personally I love this laundry soap and will never go back to the typical store bought ever again!! i love that it's saving me $$
    1. SSmith's Avatar
      SSmith -
      hi, growing up in the us, in the country and on a very low income, my mother would make her own laundry detergent. i've grown up, moved out of the us and, of course, can't find borax or even purex crystals...i'm wondering if you know of the generic name for these items so i can look for them in the uk? any assistance would be gratefully appreciated.
      thanks!
      ssmith
    1. SSmith's Avatar
      SSmith -
      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 do not do the cleaning...many folks seem to associate suds with clean.

      This is simply something the corporations have tried to brainwash us all into thinking. It is most definitely cleaning even without the suds
    1. k1kobra's Avatar
      k1kobra -
      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!
    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?
      Try making this with a bar of Dr. Bronner's or another castille soap. That's what I have used in the past when making detergent.

      We always made the same recipe but in the dilute 5 gallon size ( still using one bar of soap, and 1 cup each of washing soda and borax).

      Today, I plan on trying this more concentrated version ( with Dr. Bronner's). Honestly, I don't think I like the idea of the super concentrated detergent either. I read reviews where people had a hard time getting it to dissolve.

      The recipe makes 1/2 gallon. I used the same ingredient proportions to make 5 gallons in the past. They both wash about 128 loads. So, my plan is too make the sauce, then using my immersion blender, I plan to dilute it to about 2 gallons.

      Then, I will use 1/4 cup of detergent per load.
    1. Pivosquared's Avatar
      Pivosquared -
      could someone give me an estimate on how much water they added to their quart jars to get it up to the shoulder? i don't have quart mason jars. i am planning on doing speed recipe #2 and mixing everything up in my blender and then storing in pint jars I already have.

      Thank you!
    1. Larebare's Avatar
      Larebare -
      where do i get the blender top?
    1. Larebare's Avatar
      Larebare -
      where do i find the blender top?
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