Original Mom’s Super Laundry Sauce Laundry Soap Recipe

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Here is an amazingly simple Do It Yourself detergent that doesn’t leave any residue on clothing, gets nearly every stain known to man out the first time around and smells clean and fresh- oh and did I mention that it costs about $1.76 for 128 loads of laundry?
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Since our teen son started working at a fast food restaurant, this has become our most-loved detergent recipe. His clothing was so saturated with heavy french fry and onion ring grease scent that even washing them in TIDE didn’t take out the horrendous smell.

I whipped up a half gallon of this detergent and washed his clothes while he was at school- he thought I’d gotten a new shirt from his boss at work! First time EVER that ALL of the smell finally came out of his clothes, without further ado – here is my Super Laundry Sauce recipe!

By the way, One Single tablespoon of soap does a whole load of wash! As with ALL household/Soap/Detergent/ Cleaner recipes, please take the time to read through the ENTIRE recipe before starting it. It will save you loads of hassle with a recipe that doesn’t set properly.



Mom’s Super Laundry Sauce
Recipe adapted from Whipped Laundry Concentrate

~ This makes 1/2 Gallon of concentrate ~
~ Btw, that’s a full 128 loads of laundry!! ~

1 bar Fels Naptha (Yes, the ENTIRE Bar!)
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA!!)
4 cups of hot water

Here are what the ingredients look like:
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Quick Note: Follow the directions Carefully, adding the ingredients at the wrong time will result in a grainy textured detergent that will not dissolve well in the washer.

Step 1: Put 4 cups of water in a large heavy saucepan over high heat. While that is heating, mix the borax and washing soda together in a bowl, mixing well, set aside.

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Step 2: Grate the Fels Naptha- the easiest way to do this is to cut it into several smaller chunks and then run it through a food processor- otherwise, you can just grate it with a hand grater or shave it with a knife.

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Step 3: Add the freshly grated soap to the water in the saucepan, stirring almost constantly. Reduce the heat to medium, It will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes for the Fels Naptha to complete dissolve. If it takes longer, your heat wasn’t up high enough. Alternatively, you can melt the fels on the stove over low heat without water then add the water afterwards, stirring it in, as the original recipe called for. I find that it’s much easier to melt IN the water. Absolutely do NOT let this Boil over, or you’ll have a sudsy mess that you do NOT want to contend with!!

It should be a rolling, simmering boil where you must stir Constantly but it does not foam heavily or seem to “creep up” the saucepan. See the photo below- note the amount of “foam” – that’s all you should see.

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Step4: Once the fels naptha has completely melted, remove the pan from the heat and add in the Borax and the Washing Soda, stirring constantly until the powders are completely dissolved, this will take about 3-5 minutes. Do not under-stir or your soap texture will be very grainy rather than smooth. (You can fee the “graininess” on the bottom of the pan, once you can’t feel it, it’s incorporated fully!)

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Step 5: Pour the liquid equally into (2) 1 quart Mason jars.

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Step 6: Add just enough water to bring the contents up to the “shoulders” or Rounded part of the jar, leaving approximately 1 ½ inches of headspace.

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Step 7: Put the lid on the jars and turn them UPSIDE DOWN and let them sit a few hours (about 4 – 5 hours). The reason for this is that the soap is going to Separate into layers while it’s resting and occasionally will form crystals on the bottom. Rather than waste these trying to scrape them off, in the next step we’re going to incorporate them easily! Btw, if you leave it overnight it will have a slightly grainier texture than if you whip it immediately after 4 hours.

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The Layers will separate after a few hours:

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Then the bottom layer will become very, very thick, like so:
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Step 8: There are two ways to do this next step, depending on what you have for equipment. Here’s how I like to do it- unscrew the blade and bottom from your blender and screw them onto your regular mouthed mason jar containing all of your ingredients.
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Place the entire mason jar on the blender and whip until smooth and creamy throughout, about a minute. Flip back over, unscrew the blender blade, attach a cover and seal.

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If you don’t have mason jars or a blender, pour the contents of your settled jar into a large bowl, be sure to scrape down any remaining from the jar to get it all. Using a Hand mixer, Whip the ingredients until light and fluffy and well blended. Transfer the ingredients back into the jar, cover and store until needed. If you like, add a tsp of glycerin per jar.

Step 9: 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. The detergent is Smooth and creamy with the same Look and consistency of Mayonnaise. Be sure to label the jar to prevent accidental ingestion!!

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Here is EXACTLY how I use our detergent:

Top Loading Machine Directions

  • Fill the machine with dirty clothes
  • start the water, (hot- Cold- or warm- doesn’t matter)
  • Measure out 1 Tablespoon (literally) of super laundry sauce
  • stick the measuring spoon of detergent under the running water, let it fall off the spoon.
  • Close the washer lid, go away and do something else while the machine runs.

    Front-loader Machine Directions:

  • Fill the machine with dirty clothes
  • Measure out 1 Tablespoon (literally) of super laundry sauce On Top of the dirty Clothes
  • Close the washer, start it, go away and do something else while the machine runs.

    Really, it’s that easy folks!

    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 (Don’t ask how we know!)

    • We have not had any issues with clothing fading due to use

    • Since the Soaps have been completely dissolved in this recipe, it leaves NO residue on your clothing like many homemade detergent recipes

    • This recipe can easily be doubled to make a Full Gallon of Detergent.

    • This can be stored indefinitely. It does become slightly firmer but still melts fine in water, hot or cold

    • 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.

    • If you leave the detergent sitting more than 6 hours without whipping it, it will likely take on a grainy texture. It should be light, smooth, silky feeling with no “gritty” feeling whatsoever. If it Does have grit, that means that it did Not dissolve properly.

    • What do I do if it’s too grainy or if it doesn’t separate? If it’s too grainy or doesn’t separate it means that the soaps were not fully dissolved. You can spoon the mixture back into your saucepan and remelt it until it is smooth. Try not to breathe in the fumes, remember, you are making detergent! Once it feels “smooth” pour it back into the mason jars. Let it set a few hours and then whip.

      • Gritty Soap- if your soap is mostly smooth with only a little “grit” feeling, it will still work fine, but may not dissolve well in cold water.
      • If you have Moderately gritty soap that DID separate, but you don’t feel like it’s “good enough” to use in your laundry, then use it as a super stain remover for those stubborn stains
      • If your soap is Super Gritty or didn’t separate, you should remelt it over medium heat, stirring constantly.

    • Do NOT use different sized jars, your soap will not set properly.

    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

    Before you Begin- Check out our Simplified NO COOK Version of this Recipe, aptly named
    Super Laundry Sauce for Dummies, No Fail 7 minute Laundry Detergent


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      • Great Recipe, thank you for sharing

        Is this suppose to make alot of suds? I made a batch of this last night. Everything worked like magic.

        When i threw a spoon in the wash….nada. No suds. If it is suppose to not suds fine.

        I was just wondering. Most men measure the size of their accomplishment by the amount of their suds. Just curious.

      • So, I hate cooking or doing anything domestic. But laundry soap is expensive, so I made this. First I will start by saying, I am impressed!

        It was easy to make and even though I messed up in the first batch I was able to fix it. (I misunderstood that I was supposed to add some more water after putting it in the jars, so there was nothing to separate, also I didnt have any jars so I used a plastic container) After the first batch I got some jars and tried again. The second batch turned out perfect and the first one is slightly gritty but just barely and I’m still using it.

        I dont have a blender so I had to mix it with a hand mixer (ugh). I decided I wanted it to have more fragrance, so I melted down about 1/2 cup of downy unstoppable pellets to boost the scent and added half to each jar before whipping it. It blended together perfectly and now smells great.

        The stuff seemed to get thicker as I got the hang of how much to mix it. I didnt do the first batch for as long so its not quite as thick. Next time I make this I hope to have a blender cause mixing it then transferring it back to the jars was kinda messy.

        Anyway, the real test… I had this blanket that I have washed like 3 times (in some other homemade soap my hubby made) and it had this weird smell that would not go away. So I figured this would be the best test. I threw it in with some other clothes and added ONLY one Tbsp like this recipe says.

        (I held the spoon under the water so it would not be a glob in the washer and it dissolved easily) Then this morning I pulled it out of the dryer and the stubborn weird smell is gone! Woohoo! Yay me for doing something domestic!

        My mom is proud 😀 I’m going to give her a jar since I ended up with 4 of them by the time i was done! I would definitely recommend trying this!!

    1. i use the duggar’s recipe for home-made laundry soap and all the ingredient’s are the same except i like the idea of your’s being concentrated! will use this recipe after my current soap is all used up!!
      :loveshower:

      • I had been meaning to make the Duggar’s homemade laundry soap and even had the ingredients. So I was very happy to see the very concentrated recipe. It works very well and can be stored in 2 one-quart mason jars.

      • Like you, the “compactness” of this recipe was a big draw for me. The recipe I had before (and never made) involved two 5-gallon buckets. This is so much better – and it contains exactly the same ingredients, just a lot more concentrated.

        I love it.

        • Like you, the “compactness” of this recipe was a big draw for me. The recipe I had before (and never made) involved two 5-gallon buckets. This is so much better – and it contains exactly the same ingredients, just a lot more concentrated.

          I love it.

          That was my reason for choosing this recipe too. It’s so concentrated and no 5 gallon mess.

    2. does long term storage affect the detergent’s effectiveness or consistency and how long is too long as far as storage for this recipe?

      • Does long term storage affect the detergent’s effectiveness or consistency and how long is too long as far as storage for this recipe?

        It may become slightly firmer, yet still spoonable with long term storage. It doesn’t appear to affect the effectiveness/potency of the detergent. We’ve stored laundry soap for over a year before (due to forgetting a jar).

        • As easy as this recipe is and the fact that I have used it multiple times, I made a huge mistake. I forgot to add the water before turning upside down and sitting and then whipping….ruined? Help!

      • I keep mine in a mason jar (in which it was made) with the top securely on. I’ve had no problems, but if I did, I feel sure I could dissolve the one Tablespoon in some warm water before putting in the washing machine.

    3. i have made this before i was just wondering if you ever had the soap to make yor clothes look dingy? i have and that is why i stopped making it . could you tell me what i might be doing wrong?

      • I have made this before I was just wondering if you ever had the soap to make yor clothes look dingy? I have and that is why I stopped making it . Could you tell me what I might be doing wrong?

        You have hard water. The soap is chemically reacting with magnesium or calcium in your water. You might have to wash with real detergent and alternate with your home made product.

        Let me know if you have anyone else tell you another solution.

        • You have hard water. The soap is chemically reacting with magnesium or calcium in your water. You might have to wash with real detergent and alternate with your home made product.

          Let me know if you have anyone else tell you another solution.

          Hello, I live in Luxembourg and I’ve seen that Amazon.co.uk sells most of the products needed. I don’t know how expensive shipping would be, but I’m definitely looking into it!

    4. the number one reason clothes look dingy is too much soap. a little vinegar instead of fabric softener in the rinse cycle will help remove detergent build-up.

      • The number one reason clothes look dingy is too much soap. A little vinegar instead of fabric softener in the rinse cycle will help remove detergent build-up.

        Put white vinegar in the rinse cycle. It cuts build up and makes clothes softer.

        You are probably using too much soap, try cutting back. I find this recipe takes very little to clean.

      • I’ve made this laundry sauce and discovered that I can reheat the mixture after it’s been whipped. After it was whipped, there were still a lot of small lumps that just were not smoothing out. I put it back on the stove and reheated it, stirring, until it was completely melted and smooth again.

        I poured it back in the mason jar and it separated perfectly again. After it sat for 2 hours I poured it in my blender and it whipped up smooth and creamy just like it’s supposed to! Success!

        Also, before whipping this mixture in the blender container or the mason jar, I would recommend breaking up the firmer portion in the jar with a knife so it will blend up quicker and easier.

      • i’m wondering if you can add scents to this recipe?
        if so..how much..

        hello. i am now on my second batch of this awesome recipe. i added 2 caps of the Downy UnStopables to both of my batches, in the water, before adding the Fels Naptha.

        It added a decent amount of scent to both the detergent and the clothing without making it overpowering. The Downy UnStopables are a little on the expensive side, and the directions call for 1 cap full in the wash water per load. By splitting the amount across several jars in this recipe, it has stretched the use of this product too.

        It also did not affect the detergent recipe in any way. Both of my batches dissolved and separated exactly as shown in the tutorial.

      • i’m wondering if you can add scents to this recipe?
        if so..how much..

        I made mine and before whipping it at the end I melted down about a half cup of downy unstoppables and divided it between the 2 jars then whipped it. It blended together perfectly and smells great. for my second batch i used a little more, so i think you could just guess, but id wait and add it at the end cause I dont know what it would do to the separation process.

      • i’m wondering if you can add scents to this recipe?
        if so..how much..

        After I put the soap to cool in the mason jars, I added a peel of lemon in each to add a fresh scent. Remove Lemon before whipping!

      • i’m wondering if you can add scents to this recipe?
        if so..how much..

        I was wondering the same thing, can I add some essential oils for fragrance?

        • Is it ok to use a pot and blender that I use for cooking?

          I use mine. You are making soap. I just make sure that I or my husband are the ones to wash the pot to make sure that it is “Clean”

      • I added vanilla to my jars. It didn’t seem to help make the laundry smell like that. I think I going to try the laundry crystals to give it a nice smell.

        Maybe next time I make it (in a year!) I will add more vanilla.

        • I’ve made it with the Purex Crystals, Lavender and Fresh Spring Waters. Both are good but the Fresh is our favorite…very nice.

      • I made this and have now done several loads of laundry. It’s working very well, however, mine is more the consistency of whipped butter, rather than creamy or mayo like, did I do something wrong when making it? Also I have to use the extra rinse setting on my HE washer otherwise there seems to be some white residue on the darks.

        The “sauce” is very smooth feeling with no gritty texture at all, so I’m not convinced it’s the detergents fault, but rather the fact that my washer doesn’t have an agitator and sometimes the clothes get twisted up and maybe aren’t rinsing as well as they should. Does anyone else with an agitator-less washer have this issue?

      • There is a recipe posted that includes Purex crystals for scent. “Liss Favorite Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe” I plan to try this one next.

      • Can this soap be used in a he washer?

        i made this soap for years but when my old washer went down and i got the new he washer it didn’t wash as good as with the soap

      • Can this soap be used in a he washer?

        it’s not worth the risk to destroy your washer…he detergent should always be used in he washers.

      • Can this soap be used in a he washer?

        while i have not used this recipe in my he washer. i have used something almost the same. on hers it says to add it directly with the clothes (in step 9).

        I put my soap in a cup of hot water and poor it down the soap hatch. No mater if I am doing a cold load are not. The hot water is just to make the soap runny enough to go through the workings of the he washer.

        if you find that your clothes come out of the washer still feeling to soapy try using less soap.

        there is absolutely no ingredient difference between he soap and non he soap. the difference is in the machines themselves. an he washer needs less soap then a top loader.

        when i still used regular soap. i used my same laundry soap just 2/3rds less.

    5. hi, so glad you posted this! 1st: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! Omg!

      Its like a magic bullet!

      Wow.
      Ok, next: I simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. Is this the same thing as like powered detergent? I can find that all day long.

      I finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it.

      I will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it. I will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet!

        wow.
        ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent? i can find that all day long.

        i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it.

        i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it. i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

        the fels soap in in the detergent isle along with the borax and washing soda. at the walmart in my area the soap was right next to the borax and washing soda.

        • The Fels soap in in the detergent isle along with the borax and washing soda. at the walmart in my area the soap was right next to the borax and washing soda.

          i’ve also found it (including the fels naptha) at our local hyvee supermarket. i’ve seen the borax & washing soda @ supersaver supermarket also.

          so maybe looking in the laundry area of the supermarkets might work.

        • The Fels soap in in the detergent isle along with the borax and washing soda. at the walmart in my area the soap was right next to the borax and washing soda.

          i found the fells at ace hardware, borax and washing soda at ralph’s here in san diego.

        • The Fels soap in in the detergent isle along with the borax and washing soda. at the walmart in my area the soap was right next to the borax and washing soda.

          i live in pa and i found the soap in the health and beauty aid section of our weiss market grocery store. the borax and washing powder were in the laundry detergent section with the stain removers.

          hope this helps you in looking for the ingrediants

        • The Fels soap in in the detergent isle along with the borax and washing soda. at the walmart in my area the soap was right next to the borax and washing soda.

          i found all three in walmart in the laundry detergent aisle. they were on the same side as the fabric softener.

        • The Fels soap in in the detergent isle along with the borax and washing soda. at the walmart in my area the soap was right next to the borax and washing soda.

          you can easily make washing soda at home. it is simply baking soda that is baked in the oven…the consistency will change.

          do a quick search and you will be able to find instructions for the proper temperature. i have done it when making lots of laundry soap – the additional bit of time was worth it for the savings compared to purchasing!

        • The Fels soap in in the detergent isle along with the borax and washing soda. at the walmart in my area the soap was right next to the borax and washing soda.

          they sell arm & hammer washing soda online at http://www.etsy.com or you can google search how to make your own from baking soda. it really easy, all you do it put the baking soda in the oven!

          a lot of places still haven’t adapted the natural lifestyles yet, but they’ll get there!

        • The Fels soap in in the detergent isle along with the borax and washing soda. at the walmart in my area the soap was right next to the borax and washing soda.

          i actually ordered all of the ingredients from amazon as a “bundle” deal. total cost for 3 bars of Fels Naptha, a 55 oz (3 lb) box of Washing Soda and a 76 oz (4lb, 12 0z) box of Borax was $27.00. Here’s the link to the item if you’re interested in going that route.

          http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007CNKM42/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B007CNKM42&linkCode=as2&tag=budget101com-20&linkId=SFL2IKXHEFWAQOAQ
          Obviously I’ll have LOTS of washing soda and Borax for other things but I can also order additional Fels Naptha if I can’t find it locally.
          I made my first batch 10 minutes ago and am just now waiting for it to settle and separate so I can blend.

          Fingers crossed! So far it looks just like the recipe/directions. My only concern now is that my son has sensitive skin and I am hoping that this detergent doesn’t cause him problems. Again, fingers crossed!

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet! wow.
        ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?

        i can find that all day long. i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it. i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.

        i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

        i just found all three ingredients sitting right next to each other at my fred meyer, also known as kroger in most places.

        • Try a more specialty grocery store and see what you can find. That is really weird that Walmart isn’t selling the Arm and Hammer in the yellow box. Ours has really increased it’s supply, but we live in a smaller farming community and have a lot of amish in the area.

          Hope you find it. I know you can order it online too.

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet! wow.
        ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?

        i can find that all day long. i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it. i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.

        i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

        our wal-mart carries all three ingredients right next to each other on the self across from the tide detergent. also, meijers carries all three ingredients but not all in the same locations.

        the bar soap at meijers is in a really wierd location so you really have to look for it. ours is at the end of the plastic baggies isle. the other two are across from the opposite isle on the other end.

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet! wow.
        ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?

        i can find that all day long. i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it. i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.

        i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

        me too. a mason jar on your blender !!

        omg what a time saver. man i love this site.

      • ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?!

        you can usually find both arm and hammer washing soda and fels naphtha in the grocery store. we have hannaford where i am and they always have both.

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet! wow.
        ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?

        i can find that all day long. i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it. i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.

        i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

        i found all the ingredients at a super wally world!!!

      • ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?!

        i got everything from amazon

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet! wow.
        ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?

        i can find that all day long. i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it. i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.

        i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

        hi, i am brand new to the site. i found this on a friend’s fb page. while reading the comments, i noticed your question and i hope this will help.

        i did a search on amazon.com and found the ingredients for this (including 3 bars of the Fels) for $33.00. Here is the link (Amazon.com: Laundry Soap Kit – Fels Naptha, Borax & Washing Soda: Home Improvement) If the link doesn’t come through, try searching Laundry Soap Kit.

      • ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?

        look at tractor supply or rural king

        • Look at tractor supply or rural king

          I found it at Publix, just a regular grocery store on the laundry isle with the laundry additives.

      • ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?![/quote

        all 3 ingredients are usually together in the laundry soap aisle.

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet! wow.

        i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.!

        go to wal-mart they have all of it. it was altogether in my wal-mart.

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet! wow.
        ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?

        i can find that all day long. i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it. i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.

        i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

        i like you had trouble finding the washing soda so i yahoogel it… and this site made the most sense to me.

        Turn Baking Soda into Washing Soda {#TinyTipTues} – Nature's Nurture : Nature's Nurture there were lots of how to’s and all said the same thing this just had the best pictures I bought the super size baking soda and turned about 1/2 the box into washing soda and stored the other in a mason jar. :piggy:

      • All of the ingredients can be found at Wal-Mart. They will be in the laundry isle. The A&H Super Washing Soap should be right next to the Borax, usually on the bottom row.

        The FelsNaptha should be next to the other bar style cleaners. Another bar soap I’ve heard rave reviews about is Castile and Ivory (just regular body soap). Castile would be in the laundry isle as well.

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet! wow.
        ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?

        i can find that all day long. i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it. i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.

        i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

        you can also try looking at ace hardware, the one here has the soap. if you cannot find washing soda…then make your own, that is what i do……spread out baking soda on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 1 hour…you now have washing soda 🙂

      • I found the Fels at my local grocery store and the Arm and Hammer Washing Powder at my local hardware store (Ace Hardware) good luck hope this helps!! Just started making my first batch tonight 🙂 I’m keeping my fingers that everything turns out and I will be on my way to saving CASH!!!

      • ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.

        i have found both the super washing soda & the fels naptha bars @ walmart in the cleaning section (w/the clothes soaps &/or the dusting supplies)

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet! wow.
        ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?

        i can find that all day long. i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it. i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.

        i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

        i found all of these ingredients at walmart, the bar soap was on the top shelf, the boxes of the borax (white box) and washing soda (yellow box) on the bottom shelf.

      • Ikr! When I seen it I was like omg! I had no clue you canput jar on a blender!

        The laundry soap was great! But the blender with a jar blew my friggin mind. #smallthingsexciteme

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet! wow.
        ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?

        i can find that all day long. i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it. i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.

        i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

        you can actually make your own washing soda. just put baking soda in the oven in a 2 quart baking dish at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes. It has to be washing soda, not baking, or the recipe won’t work.

      • hi, so glad you posted this! 1ST: I had no idea that you could put a mason jar onto a blender blade! omg!

        its like a magic bullet! wow.
        ok, next: i simply can not find the arm & hammer washing powder. is this the same thing as like powered detergent?

        i can find that all day long. i finally found borax in target, even my wally world didnt have it. i will look for the fels soap, but i doubt i can find it.

        i will be making this tho, i love the idea of a “sauce” rather than the thin liquids i have made before that did not work. (perhaps b/c i used regular powder detergent, cheap of cheap?) anyways, thanks so much for the post!

        you can find all products at wal-mart they are located in the fabric dye section on the bottom shelf…same isle as the fabric softener..

      • Does it HAVE TO BE Fels Naptha? I found a beatiful rose scented bar soap, could this be substituted?

        Yes, it MUST be fels naptha, other types of soap will leave a dingy film on your clothes.

        • Yes, it must be fels naptha, other types of soap will leave a dingy film on your clothes.

          i have found that you can also use dove soap. i have super sensitive skin and i use half dove & half fels naptha.

        • Yes, it must be fels naptha, other types of soap will leave a dingy film on your clothes.

          check your local grocery store. our kroger & hayes grocery stores both had all the ingredients on their laundry isle.

        • Yes, it must be fels naptha, other types of soap will leave a dingy film on your clothes.

          zote soap just works as well.

        • Yes, it must be fels naptha, other types of soap will leave a dingy film on your clothes.

          i found the fels naptha in the hand soap isle at my local grocery store.

        • Yes, it must be fels naptha, other types of soap will leave a dingy film on your clothes.

          i have made this recipe with dr. bronner’s bar soap a number of times. no dingy film.

        • Yes, it must be fels naptha, other types of soap will leave a dingy film on your clothes.

          what about zote? i have heard so many glowing reports of that brand soap too. just curious.

          :dontknow:

          • What about Zote? I have heard so many glowing reports of that brand soap too. Just curious.

            :dontknow:

            It needs to be Fels Naptha due to the cleaning agents in it.

        • Yes, it must be fels naptha, other types of soap will leave a dingy film on your clothes.

          i read a recipe that said fels-naptha or octagon. have not used octagon; only made two batches and that was with the fels-naptha. btw, amazon has a package deal where the three ingredients are sold together – makes it convenient.

          • I read a recipe that said Fels-Naptha or Octagon. Have not used Octagon; only made two batches and that was with the Fels-Naptha. BTW, Amazon has a package deal where the three ingredients are sold together – makes it convenient.

            Yes, the package deal from amazon is nice UNLESS you have a Walmart nearby as you can get ALL 3 ingredients for under $10 Total

        • all of these products are sold at Walmart, and most grocery stores!

          Right! That’s the point! They’re available and dirt cheap, it’s only $1.76 for 128 loads of laundry!

      • Does it have to be fels naptha? i found a beatiful rose scented bar soap, could this be substituted?

        my guess is that it would not clean nearly as well. however, i have seen several times that it’s okay to add a little lavender oil or any other fragrance.

      • Does it have to be fels naptha? i found a beatiful rose scented bar soap, could this be substituted?

        i use zote because i could not find fels naptha and it turned out great. it did take a while to melt though.

      • Does it have to be fels naptha? i found a beatiful rose scented bar soap, could this be substituted?

        washing soda is “sodium carbonate”. if you can’t find it in the grocery store, try looking in your garage (if you have a swimming pool). it is one of the “chemicals” used to regulate ph so is sold at swimming pool supply companies.

        sodium carbonate is washing soda. sodium bicarbonate is baking soda. sodium percarbonate is the active ingredient in oxyclean (dry form of hydrogen peroxide and can also be found in big buckets for a pittance).

      • Does it have to be fels naptha? i found a beatiful rose scented bar soap, could this be substituted?

        it needs to be a laundry bar of soap. sunlight or zote also work well.

      • Can you use this on an he washer?

        yes you can. i have a super heavy duty he, which means it holds 2 1/2 loads of what my prior heavy duty washer held and I still use 1 tablespoon of the detergent. Only issue is the HE washer does not run water until the washer is closed so what I do with this is I put a rag in every wash that is already wet and wipe the contents out of my scoop and mash it up in the rag.

        Works perfect and laundry smells wonderful. But if you are like me and like that extra pop of scent – get the Downy Unstopables and toss in about half a cap.

    6. i’ve tried this recipes twice and i’m having a few problems with it. first, the fels naptha takes about 30min to completely melt and I grated it. I never let it boil and it still becomes very sudsy.

      The borax and soda take about 15min to dissolve and even after that its not completely dissolved.

      I used 4 pint mason jars because that’s all I had. I whipped it on the blender which worked fine. But it doesn’t dissolve in the washer.

      I’m really sure what I’m doing wrong.

      I follwed to directions exactly. Also wasn’t sure if you add hot or cold water to the jars or if it mattered. Thanks

      • I’ve tried this recipes twice and I’m having a few problems with it. First, the fels naptha takes about 30min to completely melt and I grated it. I never let it boil and it still becomes very sudsy. The borax and soda take about 15min to dissolve and even after that its not completely dissolved. I used 4 pint mason jars because that’s all I had. I whipped it on the blender which worked fine. But it doesn’t dissolve in the washer. I’m really sure what I’m doing wrong. I follwed to directions exactly. Also wasn’t sure if you add hot or cold water to the jars or if it mattered. Thanks

        It must be made according to the directions, you cannot use pint jars, you must use quart jars and it should not take more than 12-15 minutes for the (Fels naptha) soap to melt.
        Maybe your heat isn’t turned up quite enough, it should be at a decent simmer.

        You must MIX the borax and the washing soda together BEFORE pouring them into the melted fels naptha and it takes Maybe 4 minutes in all to fully dissolve them so that there is NO grainy texture.

        I literally just made another batch less than an hour ago, I really can’t tell what you’re doing wrong, but it sounds like you don’t have the correct water ratio due to using smaller jars and it sounds like the washing soap and borax were not mixed together, hence the texture you ended up with.

        • It must be made according to the directions, you cannot use pint jars, you must use quart jars and it should not take more than 12-15 minutes for the (Fels naptha) soap to melt.
          Maybe your heat isn’t turned up quite enough, it should be at a decent simmer.

          You must mix the borax and the washing soda together before pouring them into the melted fels naptha and it takes maybe 4 minutes in all to fully dissolve them so that there is no grainy texture.

          i literally just made another batch less than an hour ago, i really can’t tell what you’re doing wrong, but it sounds like you don’t have the correct water ratio due to using smaller jars and it sounds like the washing soap and borax were not mixed together, hence the texture you ended up with.

          i follow the directions exactly, except i use pint jars and have never had any issues what so ever, everything dissolves, and mixes right up with my jar attached to my blender. maybe its just luck?

      • I’ve tried this recipes twice and I’m having a few problems with it. First, the fels naptha takes about 30min to completely melt and I grated it. I never let it boil and it still becomes very sudsy.

        The borax and soda take about 15min to dissolve and even after that its not completely dissolved. I used 4 pint mason jars because that’s all I had. I whipped it on the blender which worked fine.

        But it doesn’t dissolve in the washer. I’m really sure what I’m doing wrong. I follwed to directions exactly.

        Also wasn’t sure if you add hot or cold water to the jars or if it mattered. Thanks

        i used a microplane zester to grate the soap. it dissolved quickly.

        also wasn’t sure if you add hot or cold water to the jars or if it mattered.

        if you followed the directions exactly you’d see that you must always add hot water to the jars. that’s why it didn’t come out properly.

        try the no cook version, the link is at the bottom of the recipe in giant letters, it’s much easier.

      • I’ve tried this recipes twice and I’m having a few problems with it. First, the fels naptha takes about 30min to completely melt and I grated it. I never let it boil and it still becomes very sudsy.

        The borax and soda take about 15min to dissolve and even after that its not completely dissolved. I used 4 pint mason jars because that’s all I had. I whipped it on the blender which worked fine.

        But it doesn’t dissolve in the washer. I’m really sure what I’m doing wrong. I follwed to directions exactly.

        Also wasn’t sure if you add hot or cold water to the jars or if it mattered. Thanks

        If you chop the bars up into about 8 pieces, then put it in the food processor or blender and let it run on high until it is pulverized. Then I put it into the boiling water – turn down the flame though b/c you don’t want the water to boil over.

        I found that if you pulverize it in the food processor and then use a wire wisk to stir it – you only have to stir for a short time b/c the soap melts very quickly in the pulverized state. The wisk keeps it from clumping together and it melts very quickly – in a minute and a half. It’s so creamy and fragrant – I will do this soap forever more.

        I mainly started doing it to reduce the amount of plastic I was creating in the recycling bin. Those huge plastic bottles are now a thing of the past. Helping to reduce my carbon footprint one jar of laundry sauce at a time!

      • I’ve tried this recipes twice and I’m having a few problems with it. First, the fels naptha takes about 30min to completely melt and I grated it. I never let it boil and it still becomes very sudsy.

        The borax and soda take about 15min to dissolve and even after that its not completely dissolved. I used 4 pint mason jars because that’s all I had. I whipped it on the blender which worked fine.

        But it doesn’t dissolve in the washer. I’m really sure what I’m doing wrong. I follwed to directions exactly.

        Also wasn’t sure if you add hot or cold water to the jars or if it mattered. Thanks

        “I never let it boil…”, “I used 4 pint mason jars…” AND “I follwed to directions exactly.” …do not go together.

        Following exact directions makes a huge difference. Have everything that needs measured and pre-mixed done before starting, and definitely watch the heat/stirring as instructed. (electric stoves are much harder to control & heat adjustments aren’t immediate as gas burners) If you want something to turn out exactly as someone else’s did- then you have to follow every step the same way they did!

        Hope this helps!

      • I’ve tried this recipes twice and I’m having a few problems with it. First, the fels naptha takes about 30min to completely melt and I grated it. I never let it boil and it still becomes very sudsy.

        The borax and soda take about 15min to dissolve and even after that its not completely dissolved. I used 4 pint mason jars because that’s all I had. I whipped it on the blender which worked fine.

        But it doesn’t dissolve in the washer. I’m really sure what I’m doing wrong. I follwed to directions exactly.

        Also wasn’t sure if you add hot or cold water to the jars or if it mattered. Thanks

        i used a whisk to stir every thing after the water is boiling, tried with whisk and wooden spoon and whisk gets it done in no time.

      • I’ve tried this recipes twice and I’m having a few problems with it. First, the fels naptha takes about 30min to completely melt and I grated it. I never let it boil and it still becomes very sudsy.

        The borax and soda take about 15min to dissolve and even after that its not completely dissolved. I used 4 pint mason jars because that’s all I had. I whipped it on the blender which worked fine.

        But it doesn’t dissolve in the washer. I’m really sure what I’m doing wrong. I follwed to directions exactly.

        Also wasn’t sure if you add hot or cold water to the jars or if it mattered. Thanks

        I tried this once & it does not work out well. You need to get two quart jars. I think the water that you add ends up being too much when you use 4 pint jars.

        It’s the only time I’ve had trouble with this recipe. If your borax & washing soda still give a gritty feel when you’re stirring, you need to keep stirring. It will eventually get fully incorporated.

        If it’s not dissolving in the washer it could be your water is really hard? You could put the tablespoon of soap in a pint jar with some hot water, put the lid on & shake it up until it’s all melted then dump that into your washing machine. I’ve done that when we’ve lived in places with bad water.

      • Do you have a large pot used only for soap making? Can food be cooked in pot after soap making? Thank you.

        Yes, it must be wash thoroughly, this is just detergent.

          • Has anyone tryed this is the he washer, do you really put it in the inside, not in the container for the soap?

            yes, i have one and i just drop a spoonful directly on to the clothes, shut the door and walk away i have had no issues 🙂

    7. i did this today!

      so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot…. a lot of money on laundry detergent. my darling fiancé is a farmer which means heavily soiled clothes…

      included tractor grease, hydraulic fuel, and cow manure.

      yuckk. we are gain snobs simply because tide makes him itchy. so anyways i wanted to give this a whirl to save money since a.) this is less expensive to make and b.) i wouldn’t have to use so much per load.

      so to try out this recipe i only made half. i got all the ingredients at my local walmart. the fels naptha was $0.97 and the other two…

      Well one was about $2.50 and the other about $3.50.

      So I get home, and I heated 2 cups of water in a large pot. I don’t even own any medium sized pots anymore (long story-lol) but I used my smaller 10 Qt stainless steel pot. I didn’t process nor grate the soap.

      Since I was halving the recipe I only needed half the bar.

      To my surprise when I went to chop it in Half I noticed it was very soft so I just shaved it with my knife and gave it a few good run throughs. It looked fine enough to me. I let my water come to a boil.

      I tossed my soap in and started stirring with a wooden spoon immediately.

      Then turned heat to medium. this part i was not expecting….. i swear i stirred that soap for 35 minutes!

      It felt like it anyways, I really wish I would have timed myself.

      Lets just blame it on the humidity! Us here in south alabama blame everything on humidity! But it would build up on my spoon and I’d scrape it off and stir and over and over ugh!

      I finally had about 5 baby pieces and was like “oh they’ll live” and went on to the next part- (at this time my liquid was a yellowish tint and slightly thickened)

      I turned off the heat while I opened my Borax. I measured half a cup dumped it in, and I stirred immediately. The Borax dissolved almost immediately.

      Now my liquid was thicker (almost a Liquid hand soap consitency) and I’m still stirring…..

      And trying to open my washing soda…. At the same time. Left hand– wooden spoon.

      Right hand– steak knife.

      Anyways I put the spoon down to open and measure my Soda. When I dumped it in the mixture was immediately thick and gloopy. But I thought to my self keep stirring sista!

      After about 10 minutes my mixture still had the same ricotta cheese consistency.

      it would not go away. i kept stirring and stirring. so ugh!

      i thought- perhaps some water evaporated out while i was melting my soap, because my mixture was thick!

      so i added approximately 1 cup of boiling water (by the way my well was gettig worked on today so the only means of warm water or water at all for that matter was ice!) and I turned my burner back on to medium. I’m not sure what helped more… the extra water or the heat…

      but finally it dissolved through more stirring.

      It was still slightly grainy though, but I just couldn’t stir any longer! Both my hands were asleep!! So I got my quart mason jar, scraped the pot (lord, I really need a sauce pan for this job) and filled the rest up with water to the shoulder.

      It immediately started to separate.

      I turned it upside down and went shopping from 11:30 to 5:00. 🙂 when I got home I noticed my top solid layer wasnt as… Um…

      Solid?

      As yours! There were holes and unevenness in my solids but oh well. I turned the jar on its side, and it stayed liked yours so good enough I suppose!

      I took off my cap and added my blender blade. (My mother actually was throwing out this blender last year, and I saved the base and screw cap because I knew it fit a mason jar! I’ve never used it though because I have a Ninja Blender that makes snow out of ice, and I lovvvvve it)

      Anywho- I go to plug in and turn on the blender and boom pop crack!! black smoke going everywhere! guess that blender had seen better days!

      into the trash!

      no fear ninja is here! i scraped (which was a lot easier than i expected) the solids into my ninja with the liquids and buzzed it up! i didn’t really notice too much of a grainy texture.

      it looked like yours- a whipped glossy mayonnaise type deal.

      i scraped all the detergent back into my quart jar (which by the way it didn’t all fit– i had about 1/2-3/4 pint extra (but that’s probably because its hard to pack a jar with “whipped” contents because of all the fluffiness and air pockets))

      Anyways! Now to test it out!
      I went and gathered my darling-farming-fiance’s dirty clothes from the laundry basket (also known as the floor) and started a load. I had at least a table spoon of detergent in my blender and on the blade, so I filled my blender up with water and gave it a buzz.

      Easy clean up, and I didn’t have to waste any detergent 🙂

      1st load- watered down detergent. Successful. My clothes were fresh and smelled good (I also used snuggle fabric softener in a downy ball)

      2nd load-
      I loaded my clothes in the washer as it filled up with water. The washer was almost All the way full, and I ker-plunked a table spoon of laundry sauce right on top and shut the lid. I came back maybe 10 minutes later to see floating on top…..

      2-3 penny sized dollops of detergent.

      🙁 well its not too bad of an issue because I’m sure it all dissolved and my washer is set on double rinse so not a problem.

      3rd load. As the water was filling up, I got a table spoon of detergent, and I let the washer’s water fall hit the edge of my spoon little by little till it whisked away all the detergent off my spoon. (I know it’s hard to explain) but I basically just wanted it to be some-what pieced up instead of a big blob that might not get dissolved fast enough for full usability.

      That’s all for today!
      Maybe tomorrow I’ll ker-plunk a blob of detergent into the bottom of the washer before the water and clothes so perhaps the clothes will have time to break it up once the agitation starts before it can float to the top. 🙂
      (By the way I have a regular old-school washing machine with the agitator in the middle- no HE, 1/3 of the water stuff here for me! Trust me.

      It doesn’t work on farming clothes.

      I’ve tried. Plus it’s well water! so soft…

      and free :).

      )

      fortunately-unfortunately since it has been the holidays that darling farmer of mine hasn’t had any heavily soiled clothes, but spring is right around the corner, so i’m sure that will change soon.
      i will def do an update.

      so next time:
      -i need a medium sauce pan
      -i’m going to food-process the soap so it is finer. maybe it will dissolve faster. (i might even incorporate a little at a time instead of dumping it into my water all at once)
      -have all of my ingredients pre-measured and set aside.
      -hunt me down a non-smoking blender in a yard sale for cheap.
      because lord knows i did a lot of scraping today.

      i had to scrape the soap out of my pot into my jar, out of my jar into my blender, out of my blender into my jar, out of my blender into my washer.

      lort that’s a lot of scraping. maybe i can minimize that next time!

      but! overall i’m happy.
      i’m sorry i’m rambling a lot, but i just want to help anyone else out there thinking about trying this 🙂
      i like to give full-detailed reviews!

      • Loved this response so much!!! laughed all the way through!!! thank you!!!!!!

        I did this today!

        so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot…. a lot of money on laundry detergent. my darling fiancé is a farmer which means heavily soiled clothes…

        included tractor grease, hydraulic fuel, and cow manure. yuckk. we are gain snobs simply because tide makes him itchy.

        but! overall i’m happy.
        i’m sorry i’m rambling a lot, but i just want to help anyone else out there thinking about trying this 🙂
        i like to give full-detailed reviews!

      • I did this today!

        so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot…. a lot of money on laundry detergent. my darling fiancé is a farmer which means heavily soiled clothes…

        included tractor grease, hydraulic fuel, and cow manure. yuckk. we are gain snobs simply because tide makes him itchy.
        i like to give full-detailed reviews!

        i love this site already and i seriously enjoyed reading this lol.

        thanks for the info!

      • I did this today!

        so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot…. a lot of money on laundry detergent.

        but! overall i’m happy.
        i’m sorry i’m rambling a lot, but i just want to help anyone else out there thinking about trying this 🙂
        i like to give full-detailed reviews!

        so entertaining to read!!!! glad someone is still working the earth.

      • I sooo enjoyed your review!! You have a great sense of humor!!

        I did this today!

        so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot…. a lot of money on laundry detergent. my darling fiancé is a farmer which means heavily soiled clothes…

        included tractor grease, hydraulic fuel, and cow manure. yuckk. we are gain snobs simply because tide makes him itchy.

        so anyways i wanted to give this a whirl to save money since a.) this is less expensive to make and b.) i wouldn’t have to use so much per load.

        but! overall i’m happy.
        i’m sorry i’m rambling a lot, but i just want to help anyone else out there thinking about trying this 🙂
        i like to give full-detailed reviews!

      • omg… i have not laughed this much in a hell of a long time. i read your tail to my daughter and she’s like..

        wait.. did she actually write down “hunt me down a blender”

        thank you for the time you spent rambling!

        suzette in the great white north known as toronto, ontario. (canada)

        I did this today!

        so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot…. >
        i’m sorry i’m rambling a lot, but i just want to help anyone else out there thinking about trying this 🙂
        i like to give full-detailed reviews!

      • I loved reading your rendition of your experience! It made me think of how I end up writing about something.
        I was checking out this recipe for laundry soap that a friend posted on my Facebook newsfeed and started reading the comments below, I usually go there, I find sometimes the comments more interesting than the articles themselves!
        I really liked how you described everything in your process, I bet one day when I actually get around to making something like this I will remember something you wrote here…
        Thanks for a good read!

        I did this today!

        so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot…. a lot of money on laundry detergent. my darling fiancé is a farmer which means heavily soiled clothes…

        included tractor grease, hydraulic fuel, and cow manure. yuckk …….
        ……………… ………..

        ……. ….. …

        .. .
        …….. because lord knows i did a lot of scraping today.

        i had to scrape the soap out of my pot into my jar, out of my jar into my blender, out of my blender into my jar, out of my blender into my washer. lort that’s a lot of scraping. maybe i can minimize that next time!

        but! overall i’m happy.
        i’m sorry i’m rambling a lot, but i just want to help anyone else out there thinking about trying this 🙂
        i like to give full-detailed reviews!

      • I did this today!

        so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot…. a lot of money on laundry detergent.
        i like to give full-detailed reviews!

        you are hilarious and i think we’d be really good friends!

        loved this!

      • I did this today!

        i’m sorry i’m rambling a lot, but i just want to help anyone else out there thinking about trying this 🙂
        i like to give full-detailed reviews!

        thank you for you description wonderful! i just found a slightly different recipe basically the same. 1 cup borax 1cup washing soda and a bar of soap.

        I used all my soap leftover ends and put them in a old blender to my surprise they turned to a wonderful powder (I was like you one time when I cut it up)(which I since have found you need 1 cup of this powder) it worked wonderful melts very fast! now I am going to try something different for my dishwasher add Epsom’s salts 1/4 cup and some lemon or vinegar to the mix . this is suppose to work great 1 to 2 tablespoon per load of dishes.

        Thank to everyone !

      • I just read your post and had to laugh in a good way. I hope you got it all worked out. I usually make the duggers recipe which have the same ingredients.

        I usually use zone but will be trying this recipe. Have a great day.

      • Love your description….very entertaining!

        I did this today!

        so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot…. a lot of money on laundry detergent. my darling fiancé is a farmer which means heavily soiled clothes…

      • I did this today!

        so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot….

        but! overall i’m happy.
        i’m sorry i’m rambling a lot, but i just want to help anyone else out there thinking about trying this 🙂
        i like to give full-detailed reviews![/quote

        i do believe that i have never read a more entertaining review. love it!
        i might even give the sauce a try.
        thank you😀

      • I did this today!

        so i have been wanting to try out a detergent recipe because we spend a lot….

        but! overall i’m happy.
        i’m sorry i’m rambling a lot, but i just want to help anyone else out there thinking about trying this 🙂
        i like to give full-detailed reviews!

        i loved reading
        your review so much <3 You are so funny!!!!

    8. followed instructions but ingredients did not separate. any idea what went wrong?
      i guess the only instruction i didn’t follow was turning the jar upside down, because the jars i bought don’t seal well and soap came pouring out of them when i flipped them.

      • Followed instructions but ingredients did not separate. Any idea what went wrong?
        I guess the only instruction I didn’t follow was turning the jar upside down, because the jars I bought don’t seal well and soap came pouring out of them when I flipped them.

        i know! i know!!!! (raising my hand) i have made this a few times now and had the same thing happen the first time.

        leave the heat on the burner when you add the borax and washing powder and stir. (i use a heat resistant silicon spatula, super cheap at walmart.) i used a food processor for the fels naptha so it was pretty small pieces. (also, the jar is 4 cups so you don’t have to measure water just fill a jar and pour it in.) My Fels was fully dissolved around 10 minutes and the last 5 minutes I added the powder and stirred with the burner still on.

        I poured equal amounts into jars, added water to the ‘shoulders’ and set for 4 hours. I didn’t turn them upside down. After it sets take a knife and chop the soap up a little before blending.

        My blender attaches directly to the jar.

        About the short tablespoons:
        I spoon out the big jars into pint size jars after it is whipped. 1 quart=2pints An elastic hairband looped through the hole on the tablespoon and you can wrap it around the top of the jar for safekeeping.

        Stinky clothes:
        My husband is a workout freak and his gym clothes reek! I also have three teenage boys. They thought I was crazy for making this but a few weeks later are singing my praises!!

        (That never ever happpens!!) i have a normal plain jane top loader. with super stanky ones i load it (hot water) and let it agitate with the top up and walk away for a few hours. when i get back it has stopped before rinse and spin and soaked.

        close the lid and it will continue with the rinse and spin. voila! my guys have some favorite clothes that have developed a permanent stink that reactivates with a body heat.

        :worthy: they were doomed until laundry sauce. fixed! no more perma stink!!

        :loveshower:

      • Followed instructions but ingredients did not separate. Any idea what went wrong?
        I guess the only instruction I didn’t follow was turning the jar upside down, because the jars I bought don’t seal well and soap came pouring out of them when I flipped them.

        Try wrapping saran wrap over the opening before putting the lid on

    9. when using a he front loading washer do you put this in the detergent spot in the drawer that pulls out or in the drum itself? i want to try this but wanted to check before i do.

      • When using a HE front loading washer do you put this in the detergent spot in the drawer that pulls out or in the drum itself? I want to try this but wanted to check before I do.

        hehe, see step #9 for the answer to your question.

      • Hi, I did not find Fels Naptha, but I found a laundry bar called Zote, will that work as an alternative?

        No, Zote doesn’t work at all

        • No, Zote doesn’t work at all

          I’m confused on why you say the Zote doesn’t work at all. I made this recipe with Fels-Naptha a couple of weeks ago; and then made more last night using the Zote instead. I had to double the recipe, as the bar of soap is larger (I only used about 2/3 of the bar), but it came out very creamy and fresh smelling.

          I’ve washed 6 loads of laundry with it already, and my clothes have no residue and smell very fresh.

          • I’m confused on why you say the Zote doesn’t work at all. I made this recipe with Fels-Naptha a couple of weeks ago; and then made more last night using the Zote instead. I had to double the recipe, as the bar of soap is larger (I only used about 2/3 of the bar), but it came out very creamy and fresh smelling. I’ve washed 6 loads of laundry with it already, and my clothes have no residue and smell very fresh.

            The composition of the bars is completely different, yes you get a pretty smelling detergent, but that’s about it. Zote is made from animals fats- it leaves a nasty residue on the inside of the washing machine that will build up over time and be a bugger to remove.
            Secondly it does NOT contain the enzymes and solvents that Fels Naptha contains, which means unlike Fels it cannot and does not break down blood stains, grass stains, ring around the collar or any other tough stain for that matter. Zote Contains Animal Fat and does NOT breakdown or dissolve greasy stains.
            Fels naptha has a lower water content, making it more concentrated. All in all, this recipe is not meant for use with Zote, nor do we recommend it. If you can’t find it locally, we suggest purchasing Fels Naptha Online. You’ll get a MUCH better detergent that won’t slime your washing machine over time. Removing the Fels is taking the “Super” out of the “Sauce”.

            • The composition of the bars is completely different, yes you get a pretty smelling detergent, but that’s about it. Removing the Fels is taking the “Super” out of the “Sauce”.

              Thanks for this information. Anything more you can tell me about the critical ingredients in the Fels Naptha bar for this recipe would be appreciated. I cannot use the Fels Naptha because my wife (and others I know) is extremely sensitive to fragrance scents and other unnecessary ingredients like colorants that don’t need to be there.

              But the ingredients list is full of stuff I don’t recognize. Any help would be appreciated.

            • Thanks for this information. Anything more you can tell me about the critical ingredients in the Fels Naptha bar for this recipe would be appreciated. I cannot use the Fels Naptha because my wife (and others I know) is extremely sensitive to fragrance scents and other unnecessary ingredients like colorants that don’t need to be there. But the ingredients list is full of stuff I don’t recognize. Any help would be appreciated.

              Fels-Naptha contains soap consisting of sodium tallowate and sodium cocoate or sodium palmate kernelate and sodium palmate. The word “sodium” refers to sodium hydroxide, the lye used to make soap, in this case with tallow, coconut oil, palm oil or palm kernel oil. It also contains water and talc.

        • No, Zote doesn’t work at all

          both zote & fels naptha have added fragrance and colorants, both ingredient lists include tallow (tallow is any rendered animal fat, such as lard) and coconut oil which are both great for their cleansing value, but the fels naptha also adds palm oil (listed in order as the least predominant of oils) which adds nothing to the cleansing quality of a bar of soap. so when it comes to a laundry bar of soap, i find the added palm oil in fels of little value. i think you can use fels or zote interchangeably (identical weights of either) in this formula and then you should compare their efficacy for yourself.

          i think zote smells a lot better than fels, plus the long list of additional ingredients on fels label is somewhat alarming.

          what else is listed on the fels label and just what is its purpose in laundry soap…listed in predominant order taken from fels label:
          talc – is a mineral (magnesium, silicon & oxygen) use to absorb moisture
          dipentene – is a terpene liquid used as a flavor/fragrance enhancer
          peg 6 Methyl Esther – is a polyethylene glycol used as a solvent to coat the fibers of your fabric (can make cloth diapers useless)
          Glycerin – is a polyol (sugar alcohol) used as a lubricant and as a humectant (some glycerin is synthetic, some is a plant derivative)
          Sodium Chloride (Salt) – is an ionic compound used to soften water
          Pentasodium Pentetate – is a chelating agent used to deactivate metallic ions for stability and appearance of a product
          Titanium Dioxide – an oxide mineral used to add the color white to a product or to increase opacity of a product
          Triclocarban – similar to Triclosan, is an anti-bacterial agent which the FDA has recently proposed a ban on its use

          I make my own Laundry Detergent by starting with my handmade (Cold-Process) 100% Coconut Oil soap, No Added Colorant, No Added Fragrance, No SuperFat** (see explanation below), and there is no reason to add any glycerin to the formula since glycerin is a natural byproduct in handmade soap.

          **all soap is made from fats (oils, butters, tallow…you get the idea) and lye. all soap is made using lye…don’t let anyone tell you anything differently. the lye solution (most often made mixing lye and water) is added to the fats which, when properly formulated, will turn the emulsion into soap.

          the lye is no longer present in the soap. it has saponified with the fats to make soap. you can add a lot of other things to your soap formula, but it will start with fats & lye.

          what is super fat?

          most soap makers making a bath soap will super fat a formula which means they add a little extra oil than needed with the intention of allowing those extra oils to remain in the soap without being saponified…the purpose would be for adding additional skin-conditioning properties to their bar of bath soap; in addition, they might also super fat their formula as an extra margin of certainty that all the lye has been fully saponified.

          super fatting is not recommended for laundry soap. that is why you would not want to use a regular bath bar of soap to make your laundry detergent. you want to make (or use) a laundry soap.

          i hope you find this helpful when choosing (or making) a laundry soap to use for your laundry detergent. i tried not going into too much technical detail, but instead wanted you to know that you do have choices and that you should do your own research to find out what works best for you and your family.

          The composition of the bars is completely different, yes you get a pretty smelling detergent, but that’s about it. Zote is made from animals fats- it leaves a nasty residue on the inside of the washing machine that will build up over time and be a bugger to remove.
          Secondly it does not contain the enzymes and solvents that fels naptha contains, which means unlike fels it cannot and does not break down blood stains, grass stains, ring around the collar or any other tough stain for that matter. zote contains animal fat and does not breakdown or dissolve greasy stains.
          fels naptha has a lower water content, making it more concentrated.

          all in all, this recipe is not meant for use with zote, nor do we recommend it. if you can’t find it locally, we suggest purchasing Fels Naptha Online. you’ll get a much better detergent that won’t slime your washing machine over time.

          removing the fels is taking the “super” out of the “sauce”.

          actually, fels naptha does contain animal fat…in fact, it is the first thing listed on their label: sodium tallowate…this means it is the predominant fat used in making this bar of soap.

          your comparison between the ingredients in fels naptha & zote is incorrect. fels naptha does contain animal fat as indicated on the first ingredient listed under soap (sodium tallowate). tallow is any animal fat, not just that from a cow.

          for instance, lard is pig tallow and makes a wonderful bar of laundry soap. some use cow, pig, buffalo, & deer tallow to name a few.

          the major difference between zote and fels naptha is that the fels contains a slew of other chemicals (chelaters, solvents, whiteners, etc) that you did not list making your list of ingredients comparison invalid. perhaps it is those chemicals in fels that resulted in better cleaning over zote, but many of us make our own laundry detergent to get away from those chemicals.

          both zote & fels contain added fragrance and colorant. they both contain animal fat. personally, i prefer the fragrance of zote (pink) over that of fels naptha.

    10. ok, tried the recipe and well… i had a very gritty outcome. i am 99.9% sure that it wasn’t hot enough from your previous comments.

      My question is, instead of scrapping the whole batch and considering it a learning experience, can you possibly reheat this and break it down to get it to the proper consistency? Also, is this supposed to be the typical kinds of sudsy as a regular detergent or just more clean, less bubbles? Thanks so much!

      • Ok, tried the recipe and well… I had a very gritty outcome. I am 99.9% sure that it wasn’t hot enough from your previous comments. My question is, instead of scrapping the whole batch and considering it a learning experience, can you possibly reheat this and break it down to get it to the proper consistency? Also, is this supposed to be the typical kinds of sudsy as a regular detergent or just more clean, less bubbles? Thanks so much!

        If it’s still gritty it’s because the borax and washing soda were not fully dissolved. I don’t know whether or not it will incorporate if it’s reheated, I’ve never tried that before. If you do, let us know how it works. I would probably try melting just a cup or so of it to see. The other thing you can do is to dissolve a Tbs of the soap in a cup of HOT water and pour it into the laundry, rather than scrapping the batch. It will still work, it just won’t dissolve well in cold water. As far as “Sudsing”, it’s a very Low suds soap.

    11. i made your laundry soap a couple of weeks ago and love it! thanks for the great instructions! my washer is an he top loader, so it doesn’t fill up like a regular top loader.

      i love the fact that the detergent isn’t sudsy at all. that is why it works so well in he machines. anyway, i have a couple of questions.

      since i can’t really rinse my tablespoon the way you do, i have dried soap on it almost all of the time. also, when i am opening and closing my mason jar, there is dried soap all around the lid. do you have this problem?

      i am noticing a lot of laundry dust on top of my dryer (where i keep the detergent). what do you do to keep your laundry soap jar neat? also, do you have a super long spoon, or does the regular tablespoon work as you get deeper into the jar?

    12. why the problem adding the sauce to the detergent compartment of the washer? i have an he washer, but the water doesn’t come on with the top open. the water floods the little compartment for the soap, actually it is just an open vent you dump the soap into and not a compartment with a closed lid.

      does this make a difference?

      • Why the problem adding the sauce to the detergent compartment of the washer? I have an he washer, but the water doesn’t come on with the top open. the water floods the little compartment for the soap, actually it is just an open vent you dump the soap into and not a compartment with a closed lid.

        does this make a difference?

        i thought this as well, but when i tried it didn’t work. there wasn’t enough water or time to thoroughly ‘melt’ it i guess. if you think it should work for your washer you should just try it with a load of towels and see.

    13. [hanging head] i read your directions, i knew what to expect. after 20 minutes of stirring the fels naptha, I knew that the temperature wasn’t high enough. Still I added the borax and washing soda mix.

      Didn’t wait until it was thoroughly dissolved (though I had stirred for about 10 minutes), and poured it into the mason jars. The stuff never separated, in my arrogance I thought I had stumbled across some magic secret. Opened the jars to find a gritty mess.

      The thought of re-boiling it crossed my mind…then I thought it was time to read a few comments. No, no one had posted a re-melting reply, only one lonely question. What the heck, I hate waste, so if it’s too gritty to work well as it is, I may as well try it.

      what a dream! it worked *so* well. nearly instantly after pouring it back into the jars, the sauce began to separate.

      i can hardly wait to see the results after blending it. never mind that, i can hardly wait to use it. :d to those of you who may doubt the process, don’t, you will only waste your time.

      learn from the mistakes that preceded you. :notme:

    14. just made this today. it works like a charm. i had used the duggars recipe and hated that 5 gal of soap.

      It works great though. Can’t wait until I can try this concentrated version. Thanks for sharing with us your recipe.

    15. i like to use a little chlorine bleach in my towels and wash cloths. can i use bleach with this soap? only per load, not in the actual recipe.

      i see you mentioned hazards with other additives.

      this sounds like something i can do. i always get excited about saving money. i have never been so frugal as i have been in the past 5 or 6 years.

      I really like the idea of these good ‘ol home made “REAL” products. It just seems like now days we pay for x-tras in our food, grooming products, laundry products, etc… and what the heck are they???

      So thank you all for sharing your grandmother’s tricks and recipes. :brew:

      • I like to use a little chlorine bleach in my towels and wash cloths. Can I use bleach with this soap? Only per load, not in the actual recipe.

        I see you mentioned hazards with other additives.

        I use bleach just like I would any other laundry detergent.

    16. i just made my first “batch” of this today and so far i’m very excited about it! i didn’t have any mason jars, i gave all mine to a friend when i moved last month (sigh….) so i re-purposed other jars and it worked just fine. i used my kitchen aid to whip the soap and it worked beautifully.

      i’ve just finished my second load of laundry with my new sauce, it dissolved just fine in my top load that only adds water once the lid is locked. i haven’t tried it with cold water yet, but i’m sure it will be just fine.
      thank you so much for this awesome recipe and money saver!!!!
      :purr:

    17. my husband and i made this recipe and followed it to a t. but still, it never separated. we whipped it in the blender just fine and the texture is soft, smooth and creamy.

      however, it doesn’t seem to dissolve well in the washer. any suggestions? also, can it be moved to a different jar now?

      i don’t like scooping the soap out and having it on my fingers.

      • My husband and I made this recipe and followed it to a T. But still, it never separated. We whipped it in the blender just fine and the texture is soft, smooth and creamy. However, it doesn’t seem to dissolve well in the washer. Any suggestions? Also, can it be moved to a different jar now? I don’t like scooping the soap out and having it on my fingers.

        Hmm…

      • do you have soft water? (or alternatively, Hard water?)
      • Is your water Alkaline or Acidic?
      • Did you per chance substitute any of the ingredients? Failure to separate generally occurs when a different soap is substituted (like Zote or Ivory)
      • Any chance you can share a photo of your finished soap, up close?

        I like to use a little chlorine bleach in my towels and wash cloths. Can I use bleach with this soap?

        Yes, use it as you would any detergent.

        • Hmm…

        • do you have soft water? (or alternatively, Hard water?)
        • Is your water Alkaline or Acidic?
        • Did you per chance substitute any of the ingredieynts? Failure to separate generally occurs when a different soap is substituted (like Zote or Ivory)
        • Any chance you can share a photo of your finished soap, up close?

          yes, use it as you would any detergent.

        • yes, we have hard water, alkaline.

          no ingredients were substituted. the first jar after it was put on the blender turned out amazing. the second jar, not so much.

          it ate the rubber sealer under the blade. i did scoop it out and use my magic bullet but it wasn’t quite the same. after using a few tablespoons of the first jar, the laundry is great.

          still not too sure of the second jar. it’s just not as fluffy and light. i’m thinking maybe just whip it again?

          we are def making another batch. we have enjoyed it and my son, 6 months old, has sensitive skin and it looks so much better. I’ll see what I can do on a pic 🙂

    18. ok- we made this but i have to confess that we didn’t follow the directions precisely at first and the ingredients did not separate, so i reheated it and brought it a boil, stirring constantly, but didn’t let it creep up the pan or foam up like the directions instructed, shut off the burner and poured it into my waiting jars and whadddya’ know, it began to separate instantly before my eyes.

      so- if your soap doesn’t separate- sorry, you were like me, you didn’t follow the directions lol. :drama:

    19. i am up for trying this, but moving to a new house with well water and have a front load machine. i assume i can put the soap in the front load machine soap dispenser as that runs water over soap. anything i need to check on about my well water and septic before i use this soap?

    20. do you know if you can use this on baby laundry? i use a dye-free detergent now (not dreft) and my child hasn’t had any reactions to anything so far. thank you!

      • Do you know if you can use this on baby laundry? I use a dye-free detergent now (not Dreft) and my child hasn’t had any reactions to anything so far. Thank you!

        i use a home-made detergent recipe very similar to this on my son’s clothes, and i have very sensitive skin, so does he (he’s five months old) and we’ve never had a problem!

        but i want to try this one and see if it works better!

    21. has anyone tried this with sensitive skin? between me and my 2 kids, we’re down to All Free & Clear detergent with no softener (I use a vinegar rinse from time to time and wool dryer balls) because we’re all super sensitive. I’d love to use detergent that actually works well, but everything makes us break out.

      I may try this since everything is so cheap…

      • Has anyone tried this with sensitive skin? Between me and my 2 kids, we’re down to All Free & Clear detergent with no softener

        i have very sensitive skin and when we did purchase soap i could only use dye & fragrance free, which is kind of how i ended up making my own to begin with. this one doesn’t bother me at all.

        • I have very sensitive skin and when we did purchase soap i could only use dye & fragrance free, which is kind of how i ended up making my own to begin with. this one doesn’t bother me at all.

          btw downy now makes a dye/fragrance free fabric softner.

    22. i’m looking forward to making this, as i’ve been making (and love) the powdered version. i plan on taking my time and following directions to a tee. my question is: do you by chance share the adorable label you made for your jar?

      i would love to be able to print one out, because when god was passing out “artistic-ness”, i got in the wrong line:(

    23. i tried this today and everything seemed fine except that when i poured it into the two quart jars it filled them both almost to the top and left no room for adding more than about a tablespoon of water.

      they are definitely quart jars and i followed the measurements exactly. i melted the soap for ten minutes stirring continuously. i premixed the powders and added them in and mixed for 5 minutes.

      I did stir vigorously and it seemed to get thick while I was mixing. Could that be the issue?

      It is separating in the jars but there is at least double the amount of solid in my jars versus yours.

      Should I add water before I blend it?

    24. hi liss
      i am trying this recipe out today, right now i have it in the jars and will be whipping it in about 3 hours. My house smells lovely from the process so far. My ingredients were a little more expensive to buy where I live but even with that adjustment of costs, if it all works out, it is a bargain at twice (or more) the price!!

      Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe and site I am learning so much!!:party1::party1:

    25. hello everyone! i just made this laundry sauce, and it’s in the jars (for a second time) siting for 4 (more) hours, lol! I just wanted to share my experience and maybe it will help someone else!

      I gathered all the ingredients: Grated Felz Naptha, 4 cups water, 1 cup each of Borax and Washing soda mixed well, medium saucepan. I felt fully prepared. I have made other laundry detergents in the past, so I thought that this one shouldn’t be too difficult.

      I boiled the water, melted the soap, added the detergents and stirred, stirred, stirred. I couldn’t feel the gritties anymore, so I grabbed my funnel, poured the emulsion equally into 2 regular mouthed Mason jars, flipped upside down, set the timer for 4 hours and walked away.

      4 hours later: Heard the timer, and excitedly bound into the kitchen to find…the detergent never separated! It was one light colored mass in the jar. No beautiful yellowish liquid on the bottom.

      So, having read all the comments and hints before I started, this is what I did.

      I opened a jar and used a spoon to get all the lumpy goop back into the saucepan, turned the burner on medium-high, and stirred, stirred, stirred yet again! At first it looked like chunky, yellow, cottage cheese. As it heated though, it became more like a white gravy.

      When it finally became more like milk, I could feel it: gritty detergent that must not have melted the first time around. I don’t know if I was just stirring so enthusiastically the first time, the small grit was just lifted into the watery part and I didn’t feel it, or what, but I could definitely feel it the second time when I was stirring more slowly.

      As soon as the mixture started to simmer, I turned the burner off and then stirred for 5 minutes. I couldn’t feel any more grit after about 2 minutes, but I was trying to make sure I wouldn’t have to do this a third time, lol! when i poured it back into the jar, it started to separate almost immediately.

      yay!! i flipped it over, repeated the process on the second jar, and success once again! it’s now been almost an hour, and over half the jar is the yellow liquid, so i’m feeling more confident that this time it will work out fine!

      next time i am just going to make sure that when i am melting the soap i have the heat up high enough so that when i put the detergents in there, they really melt into the liquid part. and i am going to stir and heat, repeating until it’s silky smooth…no grit!

      hope this helps someone! good luck!

    26. okay, made this for the first time today. i followed the recipe exactly and it has worked so far. it’s amazing what happens when you follow the directions!!

      so my question is…i’m to the step where i turn the jars upside down. after just an hour, my mixture has fully separated and is solid, meaning i can turn it on it’s side like your picture. so, is it really necessary to wait 4 hours if it has already reached this point??

      Or is it okay to go on ahead and blend it? Since I’m not expecting a quick reply, I will continue following the directions exactly and will wait. I’m really just wanting to know this for future reference.

      Thanks for the recipe!!!

      • Okay, made this for the first time today. I followed the recipe EXACTLY and it has worked so far. It’s amazing what happens when you follow the directions!!

        So my question is…I’m to the step where I turn the jars upside down. After just an hour, my mixture has fully separated and is solid, meaning I can turn it on it’s side like your picture. So, is it really necessary to wait 4 hours if it has already reached this point??

        Or is it okay to go on ahead and blend it? Since I’m not expecting a quick reply, I will continue following the directions exactly and will wait. I’m really just wanting to know this for future reference.

        Thanks for the recipe!!!

        Mine sat for an hour or so it was barely warm, but was separated and solid. I put it in my blender and whipped it up. It was so pretty!

    27. hi! new to the site, loving it so far. quick question.

      i use the cold/cold setting on my washer for tons of reasons. would this recipe work if you only use the cold/cold setting? thanks!

      • Hi! New to the site, loving it so far. Quick question.

        I use the cold/cold setting on my washer for tons of reasons. Would this recipe work if you only use the cold/cold setting? Thanks!

        I also use the cold/cold setting, and at first i didnt think it was going to dissolve because there were chunks that were floating on the top, but as the cycle runs and it starts to agitate they do disappear.

        I hope that answers your question :o)

    28. i decided to start trying to make my own things in hopes of being able to put some money away towards the purchase of our first home:o) i am a stay at home mom and wanted to contribute “financially” if you will, by cutting costs wherever i can. i made this laundry detergent yesterday. it was fairly easy to make, though i found that whipping it in my kitchenaid mixer left small chunks that did not incorporate.

      i tried whipping it more, but then it started to look more like frosting than mayonnaise. i then spooned it into my blender which doesnt have a removeable blade (would have been so much easier if it did) and was able to get 99% of the chunks incorporated, while also blowing the motor in my mixer (it was a fairly cheap one) i placed it in a new container because there was no way it was all going to fit back into the mason jars. i did my first load of laundry and was a little worried when i saw globs of the detergent floating on top of the water.

      i let the cycle run for a few minutes and looked again…they were disappearing. btw, we use cold water in our washer and it seemed to dissolve really well. it seems to have washed the clothes well, but only lessened some fresh spots on my kitchen towels.

      i am wondering if i might need to put a little more than a tbsp in because i had to whip it so much, that it got kind of “fluffy”. i might just need to still pre-treat my stains with shout. the one thing i do not like about it though, is that it does not have a pleasant smell as a detergent.

      i havent been able to tell whether the smell is in the clothes when they are done, due to a stuffy nose. I think i will add some thing for scent next batch i make. also….i have a question.

      my friend wants to try it out too, but is very fond of using oxyclean with her detergent. i read to not all it to the mix, but can you add it into the water during washing as a “boost”?

    29. i had all the stuff on hand and made it today, followed the instructions, it is more chemistry than cooking, and i had a couple of questions:

      1 – Mine, like the person’s above separated immediately and turned to a solid block. I had to take a knife and break it into pieces to blend it, so do you have to wait 4 hours to blend or just until it is cool?

      2 – Could you shave the soap, put it in the water a day or so before to melt and heat it up so you didn’t have to heat it so long? Has anyone ever tried that? My Arm and Hammer was lumpy and some of the lumps didn’t melt, so I just removed them.

      I tried the stuff out immediately in cold water. The clothes were not that dirty, but they looked and smelled fresh after the wash. I liked that it wasn’t so sudsy and that it didn’t appear to leave residue, which makes clothes look dull.

      Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. :worthy: It not only saves money. Think about how much it saves the environment – plastic packages, fuel to deliver products, etc.

      This is a win, win, win!!!!!!! :party1::party1::party1

    30. i have been using this laundry soap for about 3 weeks now. Here is what I love, love, love about it! i have a top load, he, large capacity washer.

      in the past, i was only able to wash 3 pairs of my husbands dark work pants at a time, and I had to add the extra rinse cycle. Even then, I would take the laundry out and search for white patches. These were from sitting suds in the washer that didn’t quite get all the way out before the spin cycle.

      Since this new detergent is already suds out during the process of making it, there is very little sudsing in the washing machine. My washer easily washes 5 pairs of pants without crowding, and now I can finally wash more than 3 at a time. I don’t have to use an extra rinse cycle and they come out great!!

      I’m to the bottom of my first jar, though, and I’m not sure how my little tablespoon is going to reach! Right now I just jam my whole fist in and get it out. 🙂 Any suggestions?

      One last thing…I am also wondering if there is any way to make is smell cleaner. Right now it smells okay, but I do like the clean scent of regular laundry detergent. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to regular laundry detergent, but I do like the smell!!

      Does anyone have a recipe for those Purex Crystal Effects? Those smell great but are expensive to buy!

      • Does anyone have a recipe for those Purex Crystal Effects? Those smell great but are expensive to buy!

        No, but there is a coupon in the forums for $1.50 off which makes them about $1.45- couple that with the fact that you can probably make 10 batches or so of soap before the bottle runs out and it’s actually pretty frugal.

        Also, I can’t find it at the moment, but someone just asked about low sudsing- this is a Low Sudsing Soap, that means you should NOT exceed the recommended amount of soap per load which is 1 Tablespoon. Rest assured, it doesn’t need to froth/bubble up to clean the clothes.

    31. i followed the recipe exactly and my results were picture perfect until the end. my soap separated just like the picture and it mixed well using the blender. my end product looks thicker and is less like mayonaisse and more like lard.

      also, when i put it in the washer it doesnt seem to dissolve well but rather floats up to the top and just looks like little lumps. i’ve only tried it on old towels so far because i’m not sure if this is what is supposed to happen. it sounds like it should fall off the spoon and dissolve pretty quickly.

      the towels smell fresh and i don’t see any signs of the soap at the end of the cycle. i tried reheating and remixing one of my jars and the end result is the same. any suggestions?

      • i’m wondering if you can add scents to this recipe?
        if so..how much..

        Yes, here is the scented version:
        Budget101.com – – Lavender Super Laundry Sauce & Softener Concentrate | Homemade Laundry Detergent

        Do you know if you can use this on baby laundry? I use a dye-free detergent now (not Dreft) and my child hasn’t had any reactions to anything so far. Thank you!

        I don’t see why not, it’s very light, doesn’t contain dyes, perfumes or additives of any kind and if used properly (1 Tbs per load) there isn’t any detergent left in the clothing after a normal wash.

        Yes, we have hard water, alkaline. It’s just not as fluffy and light. I’m thinking maybe just whip it again? We are def making another batch. We have enjoyed it and my son, 6 months old, has sensitive skin and it looks so much better. I’ll see what I can do on a pic

        It doesn’t have to be whipped again as long as it was fully dissolved the first time. I think in cases of really hard water I would increase the fels naptha an additional 1/3 of a bar and see how that works. Be aware that you’ll have more soap than will fit in 2 jars.

        Hi! New to the site, loving it so far. Quick question. I use the cold/cold setting on my washer for tons of reasons. Would this recipe work if you only use the cold/cold setting? Thanks!

        As long as it was fully dissolved when making it, then yes you can use it in cold/cold. If it is fairly gritty in texture, it means it wasn’t fully dissolved and then no, you’d need warm/cold.

        t was fairly easy to make, though i found that whipping it in my kitchenaid mixer left small chunks that did not incorporate. i tried whipping it more, but then it started to look more like frosting than mayonnaise.

        Ok.. this means you need to completely remelt it as it wasn’t melted to begin with, there should be any “chunks” to whip. It should be very smooth and completely liquid with nothing larger than a soft canned pea in the mix. It will only look like Mayonnaise if it’s still slightly warm. It will look more like frosting when it’s completely cold because it starts to form crystals, much like sugar.

        My friend is very fond of using oxyclean with her detergent. i read to not all it to the mix, but can you add it into the water during washing as a “boost”?

        Completely unneccesary and more likely to interfere with cleaning than help; Good example of More is Not Better. But, if it’ll make her happy, it won’t hurt anything to add oxyclean to the WASH, not the mix.

        . i might just need to still pre-treat my stains with shout. the one thing i do not like about it though, is that it does not have a pleasant smell as a detergent.

        Yes, here is the scented version:
        https://www.budget101.com/myo-household-items/lavender-super-laundry-sauce-softener-concentrate-4018.htm

        This sounds great. Do you know if it’s safe for septics?

        Yes, all ingredients are septic safe as per the manufacturers labels on the boxes.

        I’m to the bottom of my first jar, though, and I’m not sure how my little tablespoon is going to reach! Right now I just jam my whole fist in and get it out. Any suggestions?

        You’ve already done 60+ loads of laundry! Wow – just use a rubber spatula to scrape the jar down and push all the ingredients to one side.

        One last thing…I am also wondering if there is any way to make is smell cleaner. Right now it smells okay, but I do like the clean scent of regular laundry detergent. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to regular laundry detergent, but I do like the smell!!

        here is the scented version:
        https://www.budget101.com/myo-household-items/lavender-super-laundry-sauce-softener-concentrate-4018.htm

        Also, when I put it in the washer it doesnt seem to dissolve well but rather floats up to the top and just looks like little lumps.It sounds like it should fall off the spoon and dissolve pretty quickly. The towels smell fresh and I don’t see any signs of the soap at the end of the cycle.Any suggestions?

        Yes, use a tablespoon to measure out the soap, then hold it under the running water of your machine while it’s filling. Chances are you have hard (or excessively soft) water if it’s not dissolving right away. It will dissolve in the first few minutes of washing, regardless.

    32. i followed the directions and the end product looks like the picture. however, when i used it my clothes did not smell good after the wash was finished. they smelled like they did when i put them in the wash.

      do you think it didn’t dissolve properly? or should i add more fels naptha to my mix? thanks!

    33. i’m using this in a front load he washer. i scoop a tablespoon out of the jar, shake it or wipe it out of the spoon with a piece of clothing & toss the spoon into the load, shut the door & press start. it works wonders!
      our household consists of a husband working so many hours his socks literally stay in the shape of his foot; a son who is a want-to-be mechanic and a puberty ridden 13 yo son.

      This stuff cleans everything with no residue.
      My first batch came out a little gritty but is still working great; second batch came out perfect (higher heat this try).
      More is not better, its just more. The wanna be mechanic tried 3 scoops of soap & found himself repeating entire wash/rinse cycle to get the small suds but huge film out of his jeans (adding vinegar to assist). Moms are so dumb to follow directions, hehehe.

      • I’m using this in a front load he washer. i scoop a tablespoon out of the jar, shake it or wipe it out of the spoon with a piece of clothing & toss the spoon into the load, shut the door & press start.

        lunytunes, thank you for your description of what you do with the front loader! i have a front loader and just finished making a batch of the soap. it never occurred to me that i could toss the plastic tablespoon in the washer.

        duh. :loveshower:

        • Lunytunes, thank you for your description of what you do with the front loader! I have a front loader and just finished making a batch of the soap. It never occurred to me that I could toss the plastic tablespoon in the washer.

          Duh. :loveshower:

          Putting the spoon in washer is great, just have to remember to take it out and not put in the dryer, can be a mess. Learned the hard way.

    34. i made the soap and the end result looked just like the picture. however when i used it in the laundry, my stinky gym clothes still were stinky at the end of the cycle. do u think its didnt dissolve properly or i need to add more fels naptha?

      thanks!

      • Kelley14312;266020
        I have been using this for a year with hard water. I just use a heaping tbsp. Works for my hubs work clothes and twin boys clothes.

        Sometime I add 1/4 c ammonia because one of the twins had an accident and I found the laundry sauce still left a slight scent. Ammonia knock out the smell and the clothes smell fine when dry. I looked up why ammonia works and it turns out ammonia is great at getting out urea.

        We even have a small amount of urea in our sweat. I’ve even thought of using ammonia as the water in the sauce so I’ll have an all purpose sauce. The only thing keeping me back is ammonia stanks and I’m not really sure if I want to heat it up.

        I’m thinking it will up the stank by 20 and I don’t want to gas the whole house.

      • My question is this soap suppose to lather up and cause bubbles in the wash? I made it and used it but no bubbles.

        I make the powder version of this. It doesn’t suds unless I put way too much in.

        So my guess is this won’t either.

    35. hi, i have all the ingredients and am ready to give it a try, but i have a different question. how did you make your labels for the jars? yours are darling.

    36. sounds awesome. i want to try, but i have always used zote soap in the past and love it. why doesn’t zote soap work in this recipe?

      what happens?

      • Would love to try this, but no time to make. Any one ever thought of selling this on Etsy? Buyer right here.

        I’ll be happy to make it for you!!

        Terry

    37. i saw this and i wanted so badly to try it and i am from canada i could not find the ingredients anywhere, i was so dissapointed but i kept looking and i finally found some (not exact) on a site called well.ca so i ordered my ingredients and i will try this out as soon as i receive them, i will certainly post again, to let you know if they turned out ok.

      • I saw this and I wanted so badly to try it and I am from Canada I could not find the ingredients anywhere, I was so dissapointed but I kept looking and I finally found some (not exact) on a site called well.ca so I ordered my ingredients and I will try this out as soon as I receive them, I will certainly post again, to let you know if they turned out ok.

        update i made the laundry soap but it came out kinda hard and not creamy what ever did i do wrong?

        • update i made the laundry soap but it came out kinda hard and not creamy what ever did i do wrong?

          tiff, it’s likely that the (almost exact) ingredients you bought weren’t compatible. the instructions do state that you should follow them excatly. forgive me if that sounded condescending, it wasn’t intended to be.

          i suggest you look online on either amazon or ebay for the ingredients. before i found out i could buy them locally i checked both these sites and found them. downside, they are more expensive to buy that way.

          you could try googling where to buy the ingredients (if you haven’t already) and maybe find a better deal. good luck to you.

    38. can you wash the pan and utensils used to make the soap in the dishwasher? i put them in the dishwasher and now i’m thinking maybe i shouldn’t have.

    39. i actually halved the recipe. it came out super creamy and looks just like your pics! i’m curious though – is it a very low sudsing detergent or is my super hard water making it so?

      or is it because i halved it?

    40. haven’t made this yet. but, have made a dry recipe i love. i used the fels naptha bar & grated it with the grater attachment on my kitchenaid stand mixer.

      super fast and super easy. smaller pieces than in these illustrations above.

    41. ok…i read pretty much all the comments, and i don’t think anyone has asked this question yet. forgive me if they have. i really, really want to try making this recipe, but i don’t have the mason jars.

      has anyone tried doing this without them? i went to buy them, but you have to buy a dozen of them for, $15. It’s a little less budget-friendly if I have to buy all those extra jars, and I live in an apartment anyway, and don’t really have the excess space for that.

      Any suggestions? :helpme::smiley-signs083:

      • Ok…I read pretty much all the comments, and I don’t think anyone has asked this question yet. Forgive me if they have. I really, really want to try making this recipe, but I don’t have the mason jars.

        Has anyone tried doing this without them? I went to buy them, but you have to buy a dozen of them for, $15. It’s a little less budget-friendly if I have to buy all those extra jars, and I live in an apartment anyway, and don’t really have the excess space for that.

        Any suggestions? :helpme::smiley-signs083:

        If you go to a hobby store (Hobby Lobby or Michaels or maybe even Joanns), they will sell them by the single there.

        • If you go to a hobby store (Hobby Lobby or Michaels or maybe even Joanns), they will sell them by the single there.

          i just went to ac moore and they have them on sale for $0.88 each!! So, I grabbed two!! And they are Ball’s and made in USA!!!

          • I just went to AC Moore and they have them on sale for $0.88 each!! So, I grabbed two!! And they are Ball’s and made in usa!!!

            awesome!!!

            thanks for the tip! :loveshower:

          • I just went to AC Moore and they have them on sale for $0.88 each!! So, I grabbed two!! And they are Ball’s and made in usa!!!

            you can also try resale shops & thrift stores like goodwill.

            i see jars nearly every time i go there. or garage sales.

        • If you go to a hobby store (Hobby Lobby or Michaels or maybe even Joanns), they will sell them by the single there.

          I would also think you could go to a Goodwill and then you can always just buy you some lids or seals and rims in the canning department at Walmart, etc.

        • I made this for the first time today. I followed the directions. It took over 20 minutes to melt the gels Balthazar.

          After I poured the other stuff in and stirred for 5 minutes, it was a paste, not a liquid. I spooned it into the jars anyway, but I was wondering, should I pour it back into the pan and melt it better? Should I have added water when it was pastey?

      • Ok…I read pretty much all the comments, and I don’t think anyone has asked this question yet. Forgive me if they have. I really, really want to try making this recipe, but I don’t have the mason jars.

        Has anyone tried doing this without them? I went to buy them, but you have to buy a dozen of them for, $15. It’s a little less budget-friendly if I have to buy all those extra jars, and I live in an apartment anyway, and don’t really have the excess space for that.

        Any suggestions? :helpme::smiley-signs083:

        try any flea market or thrift store – good will, salvation army, dav, etc. they sell tons of them by the piece and many have rings, if not caps!

      • Ok…I read pretty much all the comments, and I don’t think anyone has asked this question yet. Forgive me if they have. I really, really want to try making this recipe, but I don’t have the mason jars.

        Has anyone tried doing this without them? I went to buy them, but you have to buy a dozen of them for, $15. It’s a little less budget-friendly if I have to buy all those extra jars, and I live in an apartment anyway, and don’t really have the excess space for that.

        Any suggestions? :helpme::smiley-signs083:

        You can buy jars at any second hand store. They are usually 25 cents each or so.

        If you don’t see any on the shelves, just ask someone who works there.

        • You can buy jars at any second hand store. They are usually 25 cents each or so. If you don’t see any on the shelves, just ask someone who works there.

          I buy pasta sauce that comes in mason jars and just re-use the jars for this (once they are clean of course) and then you don’t need to buy anything.

      • Ok…I read pretty much all the comments, and I don’t think anyone has asked this question yet. Forgive me if they have. I really, really want to try making this recipe, but I don’t have the mason jars.

        Has anyone tried doing this without them? I went to buy them, but you have to buy a dozen of them for, $15. It’s a little less budget-friendly if I have to buy all those extra jars, and I live in an apartment anyway, and don’t really have the excess space for that.

        Any suggestions? :helpme::smiley-signs083:

        You can usually find quart size canning jars at garage/yard sales, or at thrift stores. Even if you can’t find them and have to purchase them you will be saving money the next time you make the soap.

    42. moms super laundry sauce is great, my clothes feel so soft and fresh smelling . i can’t wait to make another batch of it. so simple to make.

      it really gets your clothes clean no pig pen here:suey:

      thanks,
      bigbadbitty1

    43. ok, so i made this according to your directions, minus the blender (although that would have been so much easier…i don’t have one. so i used my kitchen aid). the first one i whipped up looked perfect, the second one whipped up so much i had to use 4 extra little jars to put it in.

      Is there something I can do to reverse that or do I need to use more than a tablespoon as its more widely distributed? I am so excited about not having to store my detergent in a 5 gallon paint bucket.

    44. i have made a similar recipe to this before, but i had to store it in a 5 gallon paint bucket. lame. I am pretty pumped about having this recipe- I made it this afternoon during Fischer’s nap time.

      I had 2 jars that I turned over and they settled nicely. When my husband left for work, I put them in the mixing bowl (as I do not have a blender…which would have made my life a lot easier) separately and the first jar came out nicely. it almost looked the consistency of thick lotion.

      The second jar, however…I fear I may have whipped it too much. It fluffed up so much I couldn’t fit it in the original mason jar, I had to get 3 other little jars to put the rest of the stuff in. SO, is there any way I can make the detergent “shrink”?

      or do I need to just use more than a tablespoon since it is spread a little thinner….? ugh. I can’t wait to use it, though 🙂

    45. i made this laundry soap and i love it…..it will be hard for me to know exactly how many loads i’ll wash with this soap, since there are two other people in our house who do laundry….so since i made the first batch on 1/19, I fiqured it should last at least until 2/21….that would be 4 loads a day, 32 days=128 loads….of course, we don’t wash that many a day, so I’m looking forward to see how long it will last…

    46. ok, i am ready to make this and can’t wait! however i have a question to anyone that have made this soap… can you use regular grater and pot to make this and then re-use them for cooking purpose or do you have a special grater and pot just for soap making purpose?!?
      tia!!

      • ok, I am ready to make this and can’t wait! However I have a question to anyone that have made this soap… Can you use regular grater and pot to make this and then re-use them for cooking purpose or do you have a special grater and pot just for soap making purpose?!?
        TIA!!

        You can use whatever grater you have, and the just wash it well!

    47. is there a different soap that can be used instead of the Fels Naptha , it has a few more chemicals than i like, my kids have asthma and this scent is really strong as well.

      • is there a different soap that can be used instead of the Fels Naptha , it has a few more chemicals than i like, my kids have asthma and this scent is really strong as well.

        I don’t know about making it this way, but I think there is one that is either Ivory soap or close to it that you can use to make it the other way. Hope this helps.

    48. you mentioned adding a tsp of glycerin to each jar. why? what would that do the laundry soap?

      my batch is cooling and separating right now (success so far) and i’m wondering if i should add the glycerin.

    49. i have been making my own laundry soap (in a 5 gallon bucket) for a couple years. I knew I had to give this method a try and I am so glad I did. I was a little concerned about using Fels Naptha soap since my hubby has pretty sensitive skin and hates strong smelling detergents.

      I’ve done laundry a couple times since and he’s not said a single word about it. The only thing he commented on was how there was no fragrance smell…none at all, which was fine by him.
      I was pretty careful about following the direction exactly. One jar separated just like the picture, the other didn’t come out exactly the same.

      Both whipped up just the same though. I am saying bye-bye to the bucket and look forward to not banging my toe on it every time I walk by.

    50. thank you so much for posting this! i made my first patch today and followed your directions with every detail and it came out perfect! my first load is in now, the house smells great and my boys loved it too.

      we’ll will be making this again for sure!!

    51. i am wondering if when ready to mix this if you could use a vitamix or a kitchen aid mixer to mix it up. i have plenty of qt. canning jars just not a regular blender.

      thanks for any information. i presently make the powder soap, but sometimes it doesn’t always dissolve (i find the residue around the washer seal, i have a front loader). so this looks really interesting to me.

      interested in trying it. also do you use just one particular pan only for making the soap?
      thanks

    52. so i made this today and put a load of laundry in right away i was so excited! as i peeked in the washer through the cycle i noticed there wasn’t a single sud & i also couldn’t smell the scent at all like i had during the making process. is it supposed to be this way??

    53. i’m new to this site coming from pintrest. i love the label on your soap. i have been looking for labels like that for my canning jars. is there a link or info on where to get those labels?

      thanks so much!!!!
      becky

    54. i just made this…finally! but it has been sitting for almost 4 hours and no signs of separation! What did I do wrong?

      I am assuming it will still work out okay since soap is soap but just thought it was odd. Any suggestions for this time or next time?

    55. hi, i cant buy fels naptha in new zealand and would have to buy it on ebay and have it shipped here! but there are a few different sized bars shown for sale! i want to buy several bars to make it worth while.

      what size bar do i need to buy? i can buy sunlight laundry soap, which is vegetable based, will this work?

      • hi, i cant buy fels naptha in new zealand and would have to buy it on ebay and have it shipped here! but there are a few different sized bars shown for sale! i want to buy several bars to make it worth while. what size bar do i need to buy? i can buy sunlight laundry soap, which is vegetable based, will this work?

        I don’t know, I couldn’t say, but you could try it and let us know!

    56. i made this last week and my daughters could not wait to try it. the result: we love this!!!! it’s so easy and the savings is phenomenal.

      so i’ve been telling everyone about it, sharing what i made with some folks at church – they love it too!! thank you for sharing such a wonderful product. god bless!

    57. ok, I am ready to make this and can’t wait! However I have a question to anyone that have made this soap… Can you use regular grater and pot to make this and then re-use them for cooking purpose or do you have a special grater and pot just for soap making purpose?!?
      TIA!!

      Yes, you can use a regular pot, just make sure you Scrub them really really well afterwards!

      I actually halved the recipe. It came out super creamy and looks just like your pics! I’m curious though – is it a very low sudsing detergent or is my super hard water making it so? Or is it because I halved it?

      It’s very low sudsing, which makes it work really well in HE machines. (Don’t use “more” to make suds, it won’t rinse out of your clothes well if you do.

      1 – Mine, like the person’s above separated immediately and turned to a solid block. I had to take a knife and break it into pieces to blend it, so do you have to wait 4 hours to blend or just until it is cool?

      2 – Could you shave the soap, put it in the water a day or so before to melt and heat it up so you didn’t have to heat it so long? Has anyone ever tried that? My Arm and Hammer was lumpy and some of the lumps didn’t melt, so I just removed them.

      I wait until it’s cool enough to handle the jar easily, which takes about 4 hours usually. The soap is REALLY REALLY hot when it goes into the jars.

      On shaving the soap- you could, but it might not be worth it in the long run because fels kind of “clumps” together when it’s melting in the pan, even when it’s finely chopped. You might be able to get away with melting half the fels and then adding the other half After to keep it from clumping and save some time.

      Questions regarding the labels- these were just labels that I threw together and printed out. Here are the directions for making your own labels:

      Budget101.com – – Make Your Own Antiqued Paper | Craft Recipes

      I didn’t bother to “antique” them first, I just printed them off and then cut them out.

    58. ok, i followed the recipe to the t. it took a little longer than 15 min for the fels naptha to dissolve completely, and it felt like forever for the borax/washing soda to dissolve, but I had everything perfect, at least it seemed perfect. I divided the mixture between two-quart mason jars and filled with water exactly like the pictures.

      As soon as I closed the jars and put upside down I started to see already separating so I was pretty happy. Then after 4 1/2 hours it didn’t really separate like the pictures, more liquid and less solid part. It was mostly solid than liquid.

      When blending, it didn’t blend all the way and I could not do it for a minute straight. I had to blend for few seconds then the motor of my quite new blender starting to make a noise and I started to smell burnt motor. So, I had to stop and open and mix.

      I had to do that for like 10 times per jar and still like a quarter of the jar didn’t get really mixed in, and finally the rubber ring from my blender broke! The top part looked exactly like the picture. Like mayo!

      Super smooth. I am guessing that happened because the solid part was the majority of the jar. Not sure if the fels naptha comes in different size and maybe I used a bigger size?

      So now I am doing a load to test it. I am hoping that when it gets to the bottom I will be able to scrape and blend again. Any ideas what went wrong?

      I am doing a load of laundry right now to test it, but I don’t want to kill my blender next time making it, otherwise this soap making will cost me more $$, if I have to purchase another blender!
      TIA!

    59. i’ve read alot of comments and i did everything to a t like the recipe said. i too found that it took a lot longer than the recipe said to dissolve the fels naptha (more like 20 min.) The I added the Borax and the washing soda which again took forever to dissolve. I tried to keep the temp up high but it always wanted to go over and I surely did want that to happen.

      When I put them in the canning jars they started to separate but not as it should have because when I came back 4 hrs. later they did not look like the picture did at all. SO, for all of you wondering if you can put it back in the pot and remelt it..you certainly can.

      I did and when I put it back in the canning jars they separated almost immediately! After 4 hrs. I mixed it up with my mixer because my blender bottom doesn’t come off.

      It came out smooth but I was afraid it was going to turn to butter like consistency so I stopped mixing. I filled up one jar as my husband watched and he asked “How do you plan on getting it out of the bottom of the jar?” His suggestion was to put it in a Ziploc container which is exactly what I did and it works great!

      I put it in my washer by the 1/2 Tbsp. (loved the suggestion to throw the spoon in with the load of laundry to clean it off) I’ve been using it in my Front load washer for a week now and so far so good! Thinking I may share some of it with my daughter and get her hooked.

      It’s cheap!

    60. instead of stirring, has anyone tried a stick blender while melting? i have one that i use solely for chemical stuff (i make hand cream, etc) and i would like to do that rather than stirring. seems like it would be a lot easier, but it may foam up too much?

      has anyone tried?

      • Instead of stirring, has anyone tried a stick blender while melting? I have one that I use solely for chemical stuff (I make hand cream, etc) and I would like to do that rather than stirring. Seems like it would be a lot easier, but it may foam up too much?

        Has anyone tried?

        This comes months after your post, but I used a hand blender, and made quite a mess in my kitchen. My son found it quite funny and it cleaned up easily. Lol But if you don’t want, or have time to clean up your counters and walls, then maybe use a mixer and bowl.

    61. i just made a batch and was easier than i thought. i used wide mouth quart jars so couldn’t use my blender. after 6.5 hours used my kitchen aide to mix.

      Used the whisk and let it blend for a while. My two year old had me distracted. It had increased in volume.

      I ended up needing another quart jar and there still was more soap in the bowl. Should I use more than a tablespoon now when doing my laundry?

    62. so i decided to try this one, i admit i was a bit hesitant after reading some of these epic fails (no offense to anyone, you should’ve seen the first time i made creme brulee!). anyways, i forgot to do the part where you are supposed to add water to the shoulders and remembered like a half hour later after some separating already occurred…oops! so mine didn’t separate as well as the picture, but it came out beautifully in the end.

      my daughter even thought it was dessert and asked if she could eat some. no? oh, so it’s a drink?

      haha, anywho, i’ve done a few loads and i’m happy. plus i love the whipped cream consistency, great recipe!

    63. i have always made the regular liquid laundry detergent, but liked the idea of this being so concentrated. i ran out of detergent, my dd was sick so i was desperate and out of fels naptha, i tried this with octagon soap and have to say that it worked as well. it didn’t separate as cleanly or prettily as the photos, but whipped up to a beautiful consistency.

      has worked great. i do prefer the smell of the fels naptha so will make that next time, but thought i would put this out there for those who for whatever reason wanted another soap 🙂

    64. we reheated our soap as per directions. it separated. once it was on the blender it would not completely whip the entire jar.

      any suggestions?

    65. i followed the directions perfectly. i mixed the borax and washing soda, i grated the fels naphtha and before i put everything in the jar my soap was the consistency of mashed potatoes. i don’t know what i did wrong?

    66. i ended up with a mashed potato like substance but after continuing with the process and blending it the sauce turned out all right. since it had already separated because it was like mashed potatoes when i took it out of the pan i waited like 30 min with it upside down then blended it it turned out like the final product should but just to be safe I turned it upside down again and it didn’t separate. Here’s hoping that although this time turned out okay that next time actually goes as it should.

      • I ended up with a mashed potato like substance but after continuing with the process and blending it the sauce turned out all right. Since it had already separated because it was like mashed potatoes when I took it out of the pan I waited like 30 min with it upside down then blended it it turned out like the final product should but just to be safe I turned it upside down again and it didn’t separate. Here’s hoping that although this time turned out okay that next time actually goes as it should.

        Mine did the same thing!

    67. i have had this pinned for a month; finally got around to making it. wow! easy and i love it!

      i followed the directions exactly, as i read that other users had problems, but mine came out perfectly. i love the whipped consistency, and though i did use a mixer instead of a blender (and splashed a little on the floor), i had great success. this is my first dyi home project, and i could not be more pleased.

      i took it right to the laundry room and did two loads of really bad clothes. stains came out, and everything smells so nice. thank you!

    68. okay, before i start trying to make this. which by the way, i found everything at my little grocery store almost right next to each other. i was amazed, besides the fact i am continually finding cool stuff at this little country grocery store.

      anyway, i have a machine that the lid locks and the water doesn’t start until the lid is shut. so here’s the question??? would it be okay to just use the bombs made from the same products for general clothes washing???

      thanks in advance, happy..

    69. while melting down the fels naptha, i had to keep blowing on it while i was constantly stirring it because it kept rising up to the top of my very deep pan. i even had the flame on medium/low. it was completely melted in 10 minutes but I still feel like I did it wrong because of how high it was rising.

      I don’t know if your directions are specified with the stove setting for electric, but I have propane. Does it make a difference and should I just keep it on a low flame when making it?

    70. how much of the fels naptha should i be using for this recipe? the recipe this was taken from shows 1 cup…the directions don’t really say besides you needing one bar of it and in the picture it doesn’t look like you used a whole lot! I recently made this recipe and used a whole bar of soap for it and it works and smells great, I just want to make sure that’s how I should be making it.

      Other websites I’ve seen where they “Pour it into a 5 gallon bucket” only use 1 bar for all of that. So I just want to make sure I am using the right amount 🙂

    71. So here’s the question??? Would it be okay to just use the bombs made from the same products for general clothes washing???

      You can use any of the recipes, it’s just a matter of preference. Overall, I prefer the laundry sauce for everyday clothes and the kids have gotten to the point where they prefer the laundry bombs.

      While melting down the Fels Naptha, I had to keep blowing on it while I was constantly stirring it because it kept rising up to the top of my very deep pan. I even had the flame on medium/low. It was completely melted in 10 minutes

      Yup that’s about right, it takes about 10-15 minutes tops and it sounds like you had the flame at the right level. I had forgotten, when sharing this recipe, that some folks use Electric stoves and that will just about double your melting time. But good ol’ propane really gets the job done!

      How much of the Fels Naptha should I be using for this recipe?

      The Entire Bar, This recipe uses 1 bar Fels Naptha in it’s entirety.

      I made this for the first time today. I followed the directions. It took over 20 minutes to melt the gels Balthazar. After I poured the other stuff in and stirred for 5 minutes, it was a paste, not a liquid. I spooned it into the jars anyway, but I was wondering, should I pour it back into the pan and melt it better? Should I have added water when it was pastey?

      It sounds like your heat was way too low and your water evaporated before your fels naptha dissolved, which is how you ended up with Paste. Next time around you’ll want to turn your burner up higher and melt the fels, stirring constantly. As for adding more water when it became pastey… I don’t know, I’ve never encountered that issue. How did the soap work for you? Does it dissolve okay?

    72. i’ve tried the powder version of this soap before and had mixed results. if i didn’t wash on very warm or a hot setting the fels naptha wouldn’t dissolve. after i realized this and upped my water temps i noticed it cleaned well and smelled ok, but my he machine seemed to get a build up or residue on it faster than when i used tide.

      i have since switched to vinegar for rinse, and that seems to have almost eliminated the residue issue with the store bought soaps. my question mainly is- do you notice a build up or residue in your machine after a few uses of this creamy version?

    73. just made this today. i used a larger pan, not a sauce pan, which could explain a longer length of time for the process. my main concern as i have them sitting upside down is what i put in the mason jars was no longer liquid…it’s more like a paste.

      i’m not sure what this means…perhaps not quite stirring consistently enough…i didn’t think of adding in a little more hot water to loosen it back into liquid…so i guess i will wait to see if it separates and what we get. i guess if its still too gritty, back on the burner we go…

      • Just made this today. I used a larger pan, not a sauce pan, which could explain a longer length of time for the process. My main concern as I have them sitting upside down is what I put in the mason jars was no longer liquid…it’s more like a paste.

        I’m not sure what this means…perhaps not quite stirring consistently enough…I didn’t think of adding in a little more hot water to loosen it back into liquid…so I guess I will wait to see if it separates and what we get. I guess if its still too gritty, back on the burner we go…

        update: it did not separate out at all, so back into the pan it went. i used a potato masher to get the clumps out, got it nice and smooth, and then ladled it back into the jars. it set up quite nicely, and whipped nicely too.

        just tried my first load with it this morning!

    74. though the prices have gone up on all the ingredients since the original posting, they are still reasonably priced and add up to a better valued detergent. i paid:
      1.33 for the Fels Naptha,
      4.35 for the Borax, and
      3.49 for the washing soda. So 1.92 more than expected, but not terrible :piggy:
      One little piece of advice I could share is, use 2 piece mason jar lids.

      Don’t bother trying to use the lids that come on store bought jars like mayo or peanut butter. They do NOT seal the same and when you flip over that hot jar full of freshly boiled ingredients, believe me, you don’t want to find out it’s not going to work the way I found out.
      Other than that, this was a simple recipe that works just as well as it claims.

    75. i just tried to make this soap and it turned out horrible. i don’t know what i did wrong. i followed the recipe to a t.

      i read the recipe all the way through twice and even read a bunch of comments before starting. i knew it was a picky recipe so i wanted to make sure i did everything just right so it would turn out correctly.

      well first off, my fels did not melt in 10-15 mins. It took forever. I think I stirred for probably 30 mins and it still would not melt all the way.

      I had a rolling boil and my fels looked just like the picture in step 3. But as I continued to stir and let it try to melt all the way, it seemed to make it worse. It kept getting caked on the sides of my pan.

      So I scraped it down and it just made more fels chunks to melt. This cycle just continued until I finally gave up and figured I would just spoon out the little chunks and move on to the next step. Then I poured my pre-measured, pre-mixed washing soda and borax into the pan (after removing fels/water mixture from heat).

      That didn’t work either. It never dissolved completely and was very grainy. So I went back and re-read the “What to do if it’s too grainy” steps while continuing to stir.

      Directions said to reheat the mixture to get the soda and borax to melt all the way. So that’s what I did. And I stirred.

      And stirred. And stirred. It was STILL grainy!

      I had my soap over medium heat, but the soda and borax still wouldn’t dissolved! So I gave up and just figured I’d have grainy soap and “we will just wait and see how it turns out.” Boy was I in for a surprise when I dumped my soap into the mason jar (1 qt jar).

      First, there was only enough yellow liquid to put into one jar. Where was the rest of my yellow liquid that was supposed to be poured into jar #2? Hardened to the bottom of my pan!

      And I mean it was hard! white stuff stuck to the bottom of my pan. and thick too!

      i couldn’t even get it scraped out with a metal spoon. so now it’s just sitting in my sink soaking until i can think of a better way to get that stuff out. so can you tell me what i did wrong?

      or how i can get it out of my pan?

      idk if the link below will work but it’s a picture of my pan with the hardened mess after i tried to scrape it out.

      /users/marlonladd/desktop/laundry sauce gone wrong.jpg

      • I just tried to make this soap and it turned out HORRIBLE. I don’t know what I did wrong. I followed the recipe to a T. I read the recipe all the way through twice and even read a bunch of comments before starting. I knew it was a picky recipe so I wanted to make sure I did everything just right so it would turn out correctly.

        1. What kind of stove/heat did you use? Propane/electric/etc

        2. Do you use a water softener system in your house?

        3. Do you have Hard Water? (a telltale sign is water stains in the bottom of your sink/tub or toilet)

        4. How much liquid was left in the pan after you dissolved your fels naptha? It sounds as though all the liquid was evaporated or nearly gone. If there isn’t quite enough liquid then the fels cannot dissolve.

        5. The fels must be very finely grated in order to dissolve quickly, otherwise it takes forever, which then leads to too much evaporated liquid and grainy soap.

        Directions said to reheat the mixture to get the soda and borax to melt all the way. So that’s what I did. And I stirred. And stirred. And stirred. It was STILL grainy! I had my soap over medium heat, but the soda and borax still wouldn’t dissolved!

        This occurs when there is Not enough liquid left in the pan, too much had evaporated. The borax and washing soda cannot dissolve properly unless there’s enough liquid. If, when you pour it into the jars, it does not fill the jars to about the same level as the photo, it means that your detergent doesn’t have the proper amount of liquid left for the soaps to set properly. Add water to the correct level, dump the contents back into pan and reheat, stirring until it’s dissolved.

        Then complete the recipe as per the directions and it should still set fine.

    76. i’ve almost used my first batch of laundry sauce and i love it! i also used it to clean my carpets with very good results. i just dissolved a teaspoon of sauce in a bucket of water and used that in my machine.

    77. i just made this stuff! first someone asked about soaking the soap overnight, works great! and the other thing i wondered was how much extra water was add when put into the jars.

      answer 10oz (1 1/4C). I only had one narrow mouth jar and wanted to know this for future reference. Next time I’m going to get essential oils and try that out!

      By the way silky smooth!

      • I made this the other day for the first time and love it except I had yo whip it in my kitchen aid mixer. Going yo try to find me a used blender. I’m using it for washing my dishes.

        My husband was wondering how it would work as a dishwasher soap. I don’t have one now, but we are buying a house that has one. So I will try it soon.

    78. do you know if this detergent is safe to use on cloth diapers? i have already used this recipe to make my own detergent and i love it! i just am not sure if it will be ok to use with my cloth diapers once my little one gets here in may!

    79. made this for the first time last night. followed instructions. had perfect separation (this was of course after having to remelt after it didn’t separate the first time).

      then after 4.5 hours, and the hard part was so thick I could lay it on its side (just like the pictures). I poured it out and mixed it with a hand mixer and my sauce is more of a liquid than whipped. Is this ok?

      Did I do something wrong? I am hoping to use tomorrow. Thanks.

    80. i love this laundry soap and so does my budget minded husband!

      we are new parents and i usually use dreft on our son’s clothes. is this gentle enough to use on his clothes? i’m most concerned because we use cloth diapers and i want to make sure this soap is ok to use on his diapers.

      any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!

    81. i love this soap! my budget-minded-husband loves it even more than i do.

      we are new parents and use dreft for the baby’s laundry, including our cloth diapers. do you think this home made detergent is gentle enough for our new born’s laundry?

      i’m especially interested in the cloth diapers because we run a load a day for the diapers.

      thanks for any input!!

    82. first…thanks for the recipe. love it. i made it and have been using it for a week and it works great!

      i really loved the smell of the fels as i was cutting and cooking it, but i do wish it would have retained more of that smell once it was complete. it does smell clean, like soap, but it doesnt have that strong smell that i smelt when it was just the fels. also mine did not seperate exactly like the pictures show, but it still turned out great.

      smooth and creamy.

      second…i do not understand why everyone is having so many problems with this recipe. it is really not that complicated. for new commers that are thinking about trying this…just follow the directions and it will turn out fine.

      don’t let all of the comments freak you out. it is not rocket science.

      third….i haven’t seen this really mentioned before so i thought it might be worth saying. i let my mom try this detergent and she has a front loader machine. we put it in the normal detergent thing (i now know not to do this, but didn’t know why before).

      we even lifted the little trap door up some for “powder detergent” thinking it would pass through easier…….well it started leaking all over the place (water) out of the detergent dispenser thing. it was a total mess. needless to say…my mom was not so interested in trying it again and putting it in with the clothes instead.

      lol i dont blame her. my bad, but just thought others might want to be warned of what will happen if you make the same mistake.

      again thanks for the recipe. i should have done this years ago. now i am off to try and make my own dishwasher detergent!

      • when i put Fels Naptha in the walmart search i get a soap called zote pink laundry soap, can i use that?

        Hi Kristine!:dontknow: Check the comments above yours this question has been answered several times already.

    83. i am on my 2nd batch of laundry soap, going to try this one, I cant find Fel Natha in Canada and have used Dr Bonners, first batch with liquid diodnt like it very much, last batch with the solid bar which i liek much better works better as well, which has geled up alot theyare solid in the jars like the renunzit deoderizers, i am going to try this recipe, I have two quart jars that I am going to try to whip, but they did not seperate like this one did, will let you know how it works 🙂

    84. wee! i just tried this recipe, i used an old cheese grater for the fels naptha and added it about a third of a bar at a time and it dissolved fairly quickly, probably about 10 to 15 minutes. I don’t know, my husband kept distracting me.

      ANYWAY, mixed the powders in a bowl before adding them and they dissolved rather quickly, I would say less than the 3 minutes specified, although I did have my heat fairly high. (the fels almost boiled over once, oops.) Now they are settling in the jars, nicely separated. My husband kept me from blending them too soon, although I’m pretty impatient about it.

      I can’t wait to see how this turns out! I promised all of my pinterest friends and my sister that I would update them on how it works on my clothes so that they can save $10 per batch of laundry detergent too!

      Question, does it HAVE to set for 4 hours, or it is OK to blend sooner if it separates quickly?

      • Question, does it HAVE to set for 4 hours, or it is OK to blend sooner if it separates quickly?

        you can do it sooner, just make sure your jar is cool enough to handle safely. I’ve never had a jar break, knock on wood, but I wouldn’t want the contents to be hot if it did!

        • you can do it sooner, just make sure your jar is cool enough to handle safely. I’ve never had a jar break, knock on wood, but I wouldn’t want the contents to be hot if it did!

          Thanks! I just blended them and put some in a load.

          I am pretty excited to see how it worked.

    85. i used all the ingredients but mine only made one quart jar. i tried putting it in two but it only filled one about half way. when i was melting the fels, it was getting stuck to the bottom of the pan so i had it on the stove for about 30 minutes trying to dissolve the stuff that was scraping up from the bottom.

      After adding the dry ingredients it stayed pretty grainy so I put it back on the stove, stirring it the whole time. I added water to it after putting it in the jar but its not separating very well, only the very bottom of the jar is the yellow/clear. I only finished and flipped it about a half an hour ago so ill keep checking on it.

      I was just wondering how I only made one jar and not two.

    86. i made this soap today and so far it’s doing what it’s supposed to do. it’s still sitting upside down in the jars and will be ready to whip in about 3 hours.

      I’m wondering if I could put the tablespoon of “sauce” in a cup, mix it with a little water until dissolved, then pour it into my front loader’s detergent compartment that’s located in a pull out drawer. Has anyone tried this before and will it work?

    87. i have been using this homemade laundry soap for over a month now, and i still love it, i have noticed that my high efficiency washer no longer has that awful stink to it, and it is working much better, when i first purchased the washer it was supposed to take out 75% of the water out of the clothes, this did not last long using regular laundry soap. my clothes were coming out wet and taking forever to dry, but now it seems that my homemade laundry soap has actually cleaned my machine and it is now actually spin drying the clothes. Fresh and Clean is the way I like it.

    88. i tried making this recipe yesterday. i don’t know where i went wrong but i had trouble with the fels sticking to the bottom and sides of the pan and it seemed to take 10 minutes to get the majority of it melted what with scraping it off the sides and bottom. I had mixed the two powders together before adding them but after 15 minutes of stirring it still felt a little gritty.

      It didn’t separate in the jars and after 6 hrs I mixed it with my stick blender anyway. It increased in volume and is creamy but gritty. Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

      Thanks!

      • I tried making this recipe yesterday. I don’t know where I went wrong but I had trouble with the Fels sticking to the bottom and sides of the pan and it seemed to take 10 minutes to get the majority of it melted what with scraping it off the sides and bottom. I had mixed the two powders together before adding them but after 15 minutes of stirring it still felt a little gritty. It didn’t separate in the jars and after 6 hrs I mixed it with my stick blender anyway. It increased in volume and is creamy but gritty. Any ideas would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

        If it’s gritty it means the soaps did not properly dissolve, It should still work, but will work best in warm water. Try this one next time instead:

        https://www.budget101.com/myo-household-items/5-minute-no-cook-laundry-detergent-recipe-4075.html

    89. i know a few people have asked about whether or not this “sauce” is safe to use on kid’s clothing and cloth diapers? i am expecting my first child in a few weeks and want to start prepping my cloth diapers and infant clothing. i already use the sauce for my own laundry and would love to use it for the baby’s as well.

      i just need to know if it is safe to do so! thanks in advance!!

      • I know a few people have asked about whether or not this “sauce” is safe to use on kid’s clothing and cloth diapers? I am expecting my first child in a few weeks and want to start prepping my cloth diapers and infant clothing. I already use the sauce for my own laundry and would love to use it for the baby’s as well. I just need to know if it is safe to do so! Thanks in advance!!

        I see no reason why it wouldn’t be, all the ingredients in the detergent are safe.

    90. i followed everything and as soon as i flipped my jars upside down they separate right away. should i still wait four hours or should i whip now?

      • I followed everything and as soon as I flipped my jars upside down they separate right away. Should I still wait four hours or should I whip now?

        you can whip it as soon as it’s cool enough to handle.

    91. i’ve made this and love it. i’m ready to make a second batch and wondered, what is the purpose of the glycerin as an optional added ingredient?

    92. this is great!!!…..made it in saturday and it did not separate the right way….after reading a lot of posts i reheated it this morning and within 5 minutes of putting it back in the jars it was separating…It looked just like the pictures…..I just finished blending them and it came out perfect……Using it now…..Thanks so much for the information

    93. i made it and have used it without incident. it was super easy to make. the first batch i followed the times and measurements as stated.

      the second batch was grainy because i didn’t’ dissolve the powder fully. i also whipped one jar after only two and one half hours. the other jar i waited about six hours.

      the one whipped prematurely was lighter in color. the texture was the same in both jars.

    94. love this stuff!!! i have found that it mixes up better if i use a gas stove rather than an electric one (not really sure why other than instant adjustments to temperature can be made). i usually set a time for a full 5 minutes when adding the borax and washing soda and stir steady and continiously.

      I have also discovered that it is right about 2 cups of water that I add in the end. 1 cup per jar. Hope these tips help.

      I am on my forth batch of the stuff and still have borax and washing soda. Also, I have a drink mixer blender (one from south beach for smoothies and stuff) , the pour spout makes getting it into the jars less of a chore.

    95. i’m just waiting to whip mine, but so far it looks good! my question is this- do you use a tablespoon even on a small load??? thanks for any input!

    96. not sure why people are having so much trouble. i made this for the first time today with no issues at all. also, i only had one quart sized jar and a few pint jars so i measured half into quart jar and topped it off then poured it into the two pint jars to get the right proportions.

      thanks for the recipe!

    97. just a quick question… i made it with no problem, but when i used it the water seems to get cloudy but there’s really no other indication that i’m actually am using soap… is it supposed be get sudsy at all?

    98. hi everyone. i live in ireland and was wondering if anyone knows where i can get ingredients for this – without having today astronomical postage fees – thank you so much xx

    99. i love the idea behind this recipe! i want to make a batch to try it out, but i need to know if it’s going to be alright for sensitive skin?

      my family has a problem with being allergic to most detergents. has anyone had an issue with allergic reactions to any of these ingredients?

      • I love the idea behind this recipe! I want to make a batch to try it out, but I need to know if it’s going to be alright for sensitive skin?

        My family has a problem with being allergic to most detergents. Has anyone had an issue with allergic reactions to any of these ingredients?

        It works fine for my girls who have sensitive skin, and my sister who is allergic to several name brand laundry detergents. I hope it works for you too!

    100. great recipe thanks. i also used to make duggar’s laundry soap but this is much more convenient i however used zote laundry soap as i’m allergic to fels napth i just had to add 1 cup of extra water as the bar is much larger also bought on the Laundry cleaning isle:loveshower:

    101. i have successfully made this soap twice. however, today, when i began whipping end product with mixer, the consistency never really became creamy.
      today, i used a grater that made the bar soap very fine. it melted very quickly in the boiling water.

      (previously i had to cook the shreds of bar soap quite a while before it all melted.) that is the only difference in today’s attempt and previously successful times.
      wondering if the fels naptha can be out of date?
      i did get it mixed and will use it, but just wondering what went wrong with the texture this time.
      it has done a fine job of cleaning our clothes. have been using it since jan. thanks for any help.

    102. how do i add the sauce to a front load washer? the door locks while water is running… can i just dump a scoop right on the clothes??

    103. i love this detergent! it saves so much money, and gets my family’s clothes super clean. it comes out perfect every time i make it.

      i have a top loading he washer. the first time i made this, it wouldn’t completely dissolve. so i split the detergent among four quart mason jars, added water to the shoulders, attached blade, and put back on the blender.

      so i use 2 tbsp of detergent per load. The clothes smell so clean and don’t irritate your skin. I have two little kids with sensitive skin and a husband that works in construction.

      I recently ran out of this detergent, didn’t have time to make a new batch, and used my old major name brand detergent that I had left on hand instead. I was disappointed. I will make sure I never run out of this again!!!

    104. how do i add this to my front loading washer? once the water is running, the door is locked for obvious reasons… can i just drop it in there with the clothes?

      • How do I add this to my front loading washer? Once the water is running, the door is locked for obvious reasons… Can I just drop it in there with the clothes?

        We have a front loader and we just scoop out a tablespoon and plop it in there, kind of wiping it on the clothes and then run like normal.

        Works great.

    105. hello, i tried making this laundry sauce and i’ve followed all of the directions as given but my laundry sauce came out really runny. did i add too much water when filling the jars to the shoulders? how do i fix it or do i just make another batch completely?

      can i try to add more of the dry mix of borax and washing soda to try to thicken it?

    106. i made this last week and have finally gotten to use it and i love it!!!
      it took far too (in my opinion) to melt the soap, so i think i’ll try the other version of this recipe next time… also, i couldn’t whip it with my blender because my blender is too wide, so i used my hand mixer and it worked out great! over-all this is a great laundry detergent.

      🙂 it was a tad grainy, but not too much that it made a difference.

    107. made this today for the first time. i cloth diapered with my boys, and i used charlie’s soap. i was searching to find out what is safe for cloth diapers.

      i read a bunch of comments on here about hard water. it says washing soda is great for softening hard water. i wonder if you are having hard water issues if you added a little bit more washing soda to the mix of it would work.

      i’m still hesitant about using fels on cloth diapers (i used pockets).

    108. i’ve had this page bookmarked for months. can’t wait to try this formula. i’ve always got plenty of jars on hand, but learned here that i can put them on my blender.

      can’t tell you how much i’ve used that tip since finding this page. i have grip issues when it comes to opening jar lids, so i’ve saved the lid off a kraft grated parmesan cheese container & it fits the regular mouth jar perfectly. that is set aside along with a plastic cookie scoop.

      it’ll be easy to dip into by just flipping one half of the lid instead of unscrewing the cap each time. as soon as the bucket of duggars is gone & i’ve used up my store bought detergent stash (sales & coupon combos) i plan to switch elusively to this. the only thing i’ve still got to buy is the fels naptha & that is very easy to find here.

      🙂 thanks for sharing!

    109. i made this today, and everything came out fine except for one small thing….i used the mon jar in the blender like it said, but….it won’t whip. i’m not sure if the recipe is too thick, or if my blender is not powerful enough. the latter might be true…it is over 30 years old.

      But I’ve never had an issue mixing anything with it before. Does anyone have a solution??

      • I made this today, and everything came out fine except for one small thing….I used the mon jar in the blender like it said, but….it won’t whip. I’m not sure if the recipe is too thick, or if my blender is not powerful enough. The latter might be true…it is over 30 years old. But I’ve never had an issue mixing anything with it before. Does anyone have a solution??

        It sounds like 2 things, 1. it was too thick- not enough water and 2. the water wasn’t hot enough.

        Have you seen this simplified version?

        https://www.budget101.com/myo-household-items/5-minute-no-cook-laundry-detergent-recipe-4075.html

        Can’t tell you how much I’ve used that tip since finding this page. I have grip issues when it comes to opening jar lids, so I’ve saved the lid off a Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese container & it fits the regular mouth jar perfectly.

        LOVE LOVE LOVE this tip, what a fabulous idea! We often reuse parmesan tops (even get them from friends that save them since we usually purchase whole parm cheese instead of the grated kind). This would prevent the kids from leaving the lid off all the time, a real pet peeve of mine! Thank you 🙂

        Budget101.com – – Repurposing: Parmesean Cheese Covers | Household Tips and Tricks from Budget101.com

    110. so i just wanted to share. i have been using the duggar recipe for quite some time. i recently ran out and came across this recipe so decided to try it.

      i found it very easy to make, came out great. i was dying my hair yesterday and got hot pink dye on them, happy that i had used my old towels because i figured they were ruined. on a lark i threw all towels, including my dye covered towels in the wash and hoped it wouldn’t bleed all over the rest of them…..not only did it not bleed onto the other towels it came out completely.

      there is no sign that it was ever there. the only thing i did was add 2 tablespoons because I don’t have a high efficiency washer. Can’t tell you how happy I am thatI came across this post. I found you on Pinterest. Thanks again!!

    111. i made 2 batches of this today. The first batch took longer dissolving the fels naphtha soap so the second time I used a whisk which helped a lot! No problems dissolving!

      Also, the first batch I used the smaller burner and the second I used the larger burner which def made a difference! I’m just waiting to whip it up then I can’t wait it try it!!! Thanks for sharing!

    112. i have a question about using the soap in an he washer… i don’t think i can open the door after the water starts filling (which is when i’m supposed to add it)… if i unlock the door, the water drains.

      can i put the soap in on top of the clothes and then start the water?

      thank you!

      • I have a question about using the soap in an he washer… i don’t think i can open the door after the water starts filling (which is when i’m supposed to add it)… if i unlock the door, the water drains.

        can i put the soap in on top of the clothes and then start the water?

        front-loader machine directions:

      • Fill the machine with dirty clothes
      • Measure out 1 Tablespoon (literally) of super laundry sauce On Top of the dirty Clothes
      • Close the washer, start it, go away and do something else while the machine runs.
    113. i was given the directions and ingredients list for this by a facebook friend. however, nothing was said about whipping it so i have a gallon container with fully seperated mix. nice gold liquid on the bottom and at least a 1 inch thick layer of white on the top.

      Am I able to still whip it? Should I reheat it all together. I plan on making another batch following your directions but wondered if there was anything I could do to save what I already have.

      • I was given the directions and ingredients list for this by a Facebook friend. However, nothing was said about whipping it so I have a gallon container with fully seperated mix. Nice gold liquid on the bottom and at least a 1 inch thick layer of white on the top. Am I able to still whip it? Should I reheat it all together. I plan on making another batch following your directions but wondered if there was anything I could do to save what I already have.

        You have a GALLON of this?? How much of each ingredient and how much water did you use??

        • You have a gallon of this?? how much of each ingredient and how much water did you use??

          yep..i was told to use 1 bar of Fels Naptha, 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda and 1 gallon plus 1 quart of water I swear..lol. I had grated the soap and mixed it with the washing soda and Borax intending to use it as a dry mix because that was the directions I had gotten from ehow.com.

          I contacted my friend and was then told about the water so..i decided to put it all together in one pot and heat it up..oops. she tells me that she dissolves the soap in the quart of water, mixes the borax and washing soda in the gallon of water in another bucket, then dumps in the soap mix and lets it set over night and in the morning it has all gelled. got any suggestions?

          used 1 bar soap, 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of washing soda. Was told to use 1 gallon plus 1 quart of water. Obviously BIG goof somewhere.

          Any thing I can do to save it? Can I possibly re-heat the entire mixture and pour it into the canning jars? Will it then re-seperate so that I can whip each jar?

          I figure I got nothing to loose by trying it.

          • Yep..I was told to use 1 bar of Fels Naptha, 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda and 1 gallon plus 1 quart of water I swear..lol. I had grated the soap and mixed it with the washing soda and Borax intending to use it as a dry mix because that was the directions I had gotten from ehow.com. I contacted my friend and was then told about the water SO..I decided to put it all together in one pot and heat it up..OOPS. She tells me that she dissolves the soap in the quart of water, mixes the Borax and washing soda in the gallon of water in another bucket, then dumps in the soap mix and lets it set over night and in the morning it has all gelled. Got any suggestions?

            Used 1 bar soap, 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of washing soda. Was told to use 1 gallon plus 1 quart of water. Obviously BIG goof somewhere. Any thing I can do to save it? Can I possibly re-heat the entire mixture and pour it into the canning jars? Will it then re-seperate so that I can whip each jar? I figure I got nothing to loose by trying it.

            Nope, Nope, there isn’t anything you can do, it’s too watered down to attempt to whip it. The Super Laundry Sauce is Highly Concentrated.

            Right now you’ve just made your first batch of regular liquid detergent. You’ll need to stir it really really well before you use it and you’ll need 1/3-1/2 cup of detergent per load for it to be effective.

          • Used 1 bar soap, 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of washing soda. Was told to use 1 gallon plus 1 quart of water. Obviously big goof somewhere.

            any thing i can do to save it? can i possibly re-heat the entire mixture and pour it into the canning jars? will it then re-seperate so that i can whip each jar?

            i figure i got nothing to loose by trying it.

            you used a different recipe is all, it cleans the same. you can use 1/3 of a cup in each load, just mix it first. I have heard of people using a paint stirrer attachment on a drill to mix full batches like yours. I have never tried it, but I have heard it works well.

            If you have a power drill and can put a stirring attachment on it, I belt you could at least blend your soap well and turn it into something closer to commercial detergent consistentancy.

            • You used a different recipe is all, it cleans the same. You can use 1/3 of a cup in each load, just mix it first. I have heard of people using a paint stirrer attachment on a drill to mix full batches like yours. I have never tried it, but I have heard it works well.

              If you have a power drill and can put a stirring attachment on it, I belt you could at least blend your soap well and turn it into something closer to commercial detergent consistentancy.

              Actually found time to work on it today. Have it divided into 4 jars at the moment but plan on re-mixing it just as you suggested. I actually own a power drill and stir attachment.

              And have access to a better bucket also. Ended up chewing up the gasket on the blender so gotta replace that too.

    114. ok, so i followed the directions exactly, but my laundry concentrate was super thick. alot thicker than mayo. is there something i missed or didn’t add or did i blend to long?

      i only blended about a min. or so. also, my blender broke in the midst of making this so i had to go to my stick blender.

      now my question is can i use my stick blender in food now, if i wash it with regular dishwashing soap? i am now concerned that everything i used on this project is ruined to use with regular food now. please help, cause i love the compact idea of this soap, but i am about to just ditch this idea of it ever working for me.

    115. a lot of the newer washing machines will not physically let you open the lid while the water is running. the lid “locks” & you cannot open it unless you push “pause/cancel”, which shuts off the water. so how do you dispense the soap for these newer machines??

    116. i am going to try this, but i have a quick question. lots of my whites come out with gray spots all over and nothing i have used has gotten them out. i have cleaned my washer by running a cycle with vinegar and still i get them.

      is there something i can do to get these out? i am not sure what i am doing to cause this, but it sucks when you have nice clothes for the kids and they get these gray stains from nowhere on them… :dontknow: please help!!!

      • I am going to try this, but I have a quick question. Lots of my whites come out with gray spots all over and nothing I have used has gotten them out. I have cleaned my washer by running a cycle with vinegar and still I get them.

        Is there something I can do to get these out? I am not sure what I am doing to cause this, but it sucks when you have nice clothes for the kids and they get these gray stains from nowhere on them… :dontknow: please help!!!

        i had the same problem. it turns out that my washer was leaking oil on the inside. didn’t realize until it was too late and started leaking a ton and ruined a load of clothes.

        you should have someone take a look at your washer and take the inside spinner apart to check it out.

    117. could i know what the composition of the fels naptha is? i live in the czech republic, and i am afraid i cannot get it here so i might try to find something similar. thank you.

    118. this is the recipe that brought me to this wonderful site. i love, love this idea and am going to make a batch as soon as i find the ingredients. i will let everyone know how it works out for me.

    119. i was wondering how well this got smells out of clothes? my husband works in a hot welding shop so his shirts are always very heavily sweat smelling. i have tried other detergents and i was the shirts and they smell fine but the moment they get the least bit damp again when at work (or even swimming in the pool) they smell horrible again.

      i hate to have to buy him new shirts every month but i don’t know what will get the smell out, anyone have any experience with smells and this detergent.

    120. question, how does this do with taking out smells. my husband works in a weld shot and his shirts smell like sweat. i have tried other detergents and they smell good out of the dryer but as soon as they are even lightly damp (even by running through a rain shower) they smell horrible!

      i have not found anything that will get the smell out, would be great if this would.

    121. hi liss,
      i have an aerobic septic system, and i’m wondering if this mixture will harm (or kill) the bacteria in the tanks?

      thank you for all you do. :rodeo::brew:

    122. if i had to reheat this, do i need to wait until it cools down to put it back in the jars. it seems like there is twice as much now in the pot.

    123. not sure if my question got posted, but i had to reheat mine, it was to grainy. now there seems to be twice as much in the pot, do i wait until it cools off to put it back in the jars ?

    124. can you substitute ammonia for the borax and use less water? borax makes my husband breakout. ammonia is only slightly stronger alkaline than the borax.

      has anyone tried this?

    125. i do very large loads of laundry- do i still use the same teaspoon amt in the washer? or what if i did a very small load-should i use less?

    126. hello thanks for posting this recipe. i was wondering if this detergent is good for those with sensitive skin? i have eczema and my husband has been wanting me to make our own laundry detergent for awhile now.

      i currently use soap nuts or all free and clear. thank you 🙂

    127. hello thanks for posting this recipe. i was wondering if this detergent is good for those with sensitive skin? i have eczema and my husband has been wanting me to make our own laundry detergent for awhile now.

      i currently use soap nuts or all free and clear. thanks 🙂

    128. i have used sunlight laundry bars for this. did not make my clothes dingy and left a nice lemon scent… thanks for sharing this.

      i was using a more watery version and this is much better!!!

      • Ok, so it says to use 1 T per load, but what size load, small, medium, large?

        I tried speed recipe #2. it came out just like the picture. My question is (as was a few others) do you adjust amount depending on size of load?

        Seems to me you would have to, as a medium load uses only half the water as a large load.Referring to the statement “more is not better” it only makes sense to decrease the amount of laundry sauce used.

        I can’t understand why anyone would take the time to cook on a stove when the microwave, speedy version gives you the same result! 48 hours, but less than 30 minutes of my actual time spent making it.

        Love the smell, hoping it works as well as every says….

        Just finished my first load, and I must say I am slightly disappointed. I thought my white socks would be brighter,with more of the dirt stains removed. Oh well, maybe it takes a few washings for set/dried stains to lighten/disappear.

    129. okay, so i finally found all of the ingredients and made this today. yeah, it’s a bit time consuming but you cannot beat this kind of savings, so it’s worth the time. i followed the recipe to the letter and it turned out just the way it’s supposed to.(yay me!) i’ve done one load of laundry(whites) with it so far and the difference is amazing.

      i held back one towel and compared it to the newly washed ones. it looked old and dingy compared to the freshly laundered ones. i may never buy regular laundry detergent again.

      next time i need to make a batch i think i’ll try the scented one and cut out the fabric softner as well. thank you so much for this great recipe and for all the money i’ll be saving by using it. :loveshower:

    130. ok, either i missed it or it hasn’t been addressed yet. what about using homemade soap that was made with olive and coconut oils for the base, no animal fats? any ideas how well (or even if) this might work?

    131. either i missed the comment or it hasn’t been addressed yet. what about using homemade soap that was made using only olive and coconut oil as the base? any ideas how well (or if) this would work?

    132. i was wondering if i could use zote in place of fels naptha? i did a little research and found that zote is pretty much the same thing but better for the environment…the water that drains from my washer spills out into the grass in my backyard. my husband and i are excited to try this since i usually wash 3-4 loads a week, and we purchased some of the ingredients needed but we were curious about using Zote instead :dunno: .

      If you could help me out I would greatly appreciate it.

    133. ok so i tried this and not sure if i did it right, it didn’t separate like yours but i tried it anyway and whipped it in a bowl (my blender doesn’t fit like that) whipped and whipped finish product was more like a light fluffy cool whip not mayo :dontknow: so i’m trying it anyway! also i used quart sized jars from ball, i couldn’t find mason brand and i needed like 4 jars just to fit it all. So let me know if I’m going to be ok with it this way or should I start over.

    134. so i made this soap today, and it worked great. rather than my blender, i used my stick mixer because my jars are wide-mouth canning jars.
      also, you asked if anyone used scents, and i did. i used the liquid oil scents from walmart (little brown bottles near the candles and potpourri) which i have used for duggar style laundry soap in the past. the scents worked just fine, though i did add quite a bit because i like it to be strong smelling detergent and also because this detergent is super concentrated.

      i added about 1/3 of a bottle of the scent just before mixing and the only thing I would change is maybe adding an ounce or so less water before allowing it to set since the scent is a liquid. The scent is an oil, but I haven’t had problems with it in my laundry before. My husband is a mechanic and this style of homemade soap cleans his clothing just as well as store brand.
      This is also far easier for storage and was far easier to mix that the huge gallons of it I was making before.

      Thanks so much budget101!

    135. this is very similar to the recipe i’ve been using, but it makes a 5 gal bucket that needs stirred before every use. I made this one tonight and I’ll mix it up in a bit and see how it works. Much easier to use out of a jar.

      Thanks!