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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    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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