:: Laundry Sauce – Easy Five Minute Laundry Soap Tutorial ::
I have been making my own laundry detergent for quite some time and I’m very happy with the cleaning power and the savings we enjoy from making it! We do have a recipe posted … Homemade Laundry Detergent but the recipe I have always used does NOT call for any Purex crystals, Oxyclean, or Baking Soda. I have always used a streamlined version of that recipe which I’ll outline below. The only ingredients are Fels-Naptha soap, Super Washing Soda, Borax, Water, and optionally – essential oil for fragrance. (You can get amazing oils at DoTerra! <shameless plug for my wonderful friend, Elizabeth of Balm of the Earth who’s a DoTerra distributer)
Well then Budget101.com came along and completely blew my mind!!! Basically they use a very easy and FAST method for the same recipe I’ve been cooking! Here, I’m going to give you a step by step tutorial for this amazing “Laundry Sauce”! I get to enjoy my tried and true recipe with the added + of it being even easier and faster to prepare! I’m a happy woman. 🙂
The amount you’ll use of this concentrated soap in each load is ONE HEAPING TABLESPOON. That’s right! And the recipe I’m going to outline yields one quart jar – I wanted to see how I liked it, so I didn’t double it. But I definitely will next time!
Ingredients in your Laundry Sauce:
1/2 bar Fels-Naptha Soap
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Super Washing Soda
YAY!: You can also buy a kit of those three ingredients: Here
20-30 drops essential oil (optional)
Enough boiling water to fill the jar almost the rest of the way
What you’ll need:
Quart Mason Jar
I already had 1/2 a bar of soap so I decided to only make one jar of Sauce. You’ll cut your 1/2 bar into small chunks like so…
Then you’ll scoop them up and put them in your mason jar.
You’ll put 1 1/2 cups boiling water into the jar and put the lid on. I cannot begin to describe how EXCITING this part was!!! NO GRATING THE SOAP AND MELTING IT DOWN – STIRRING ON THE STOVETOP!!! At this stage of the game I was feeling really hopeful – yet leery. How could this really work and be so easy? I just left it til the next day!
The next step is to take a butter knife and cut through the coagulated soap. Lots. You’ll see below when I first inverted my jar and put it on my blender, the soap didn’t release. I realized I had cut through the soap but I needed to ‘encourage’ it to loosen a bit from the bottom as well. So I just back tracked and went in and did that and put my lid back on. Good to go!
Add your 1/2 cup Borax and 1/2 cup Super Washing Soda. I also add my essential oils at this point. I use grapefruit and it doesn’t make the laundry actually smell like grapefruit but it’s a beautiful, fresh, crisp clean scent and I love it!
You’ll add enough boiling water to bring your Sauce mixture up to the point at which the jar just begins to narrow at the shoulder. (meaning the highest point on the jar that is still the widest width) I did blend and see there was more room than I thought in the jar so I added just a little more boiling water and blended again, but you don’t want to overload your jar by any means. Head space is important so you don’t end up with a mess on your hands.
Make sure when fitting your gasket and blade from your blender on the top of your jar that you line them up perfectly and that all pieces including your jar are clean and dry. You don’t want anything interfering with your seal.
Place the cover over your blender attachments and invert your mason jar onto your blender.
This is where I had to take my lid back off and use my butter knife to loosen the soap from the bottom of the jar. The blending takes about 20 seconds on high! That’s it!
So easy and fast – I’m so excited to have an even more concentrated version of my original recipe. After a few days it does set up a bit. It’s still soft, but I just keep a Tablespoon in my laundry area and scoop a heaping Tbsp letting my washer water run it off the spoon. (and to save money, I wash in cold – always. I believe friction is the main cleaning agent and I’ve never been disappointed. I dry all of our laundry on the line which takes care of germs and bacteria, so I don’t need any type of “sani-rinse”! haha) The soap would probably dissolve just fine but that’s a pet peeve of mine – I like to see it worked into the water well before I add clothes but I don’t want to wait for it. I keep a DollarTree stainless steel whisk right by my Sauce and give the water a quick thrashing and I’m done! Pet peeve satisfied.
I have always been so pleased with this recipe but now even more-so! My laundry is clean and smells fresh and more importantly I save $ BIG TIME!
Do you make any of your own household cleaners or detergents?? We’d love to hear your thoughts!