Laundry Sauce is by far my favorite all natural laundry solution to date. It's easy to make, affordable, and concentrated so I don't have to store gallons of liquid soap all the time. It doesn't separate or need to be shaken, and you only need 1.5 Tablespoons per load! Why store extra water when you are going to fill the washing machine with water anyhow? It just makes sense! :)
This is everything you'll need. Except the coffee cups. Unless you want a cup of coffee while you work. 100% optional.
Large Pot with Lid, Large Bowl, Whisk, Immersion Blender, Sifter, Measuring Cup, Storage Jars with Lids, Canning Funnel, Spatula, Dust Mask and Long Sleeved Shirt if you are extra sensitive.
6 Cups Water (softened or distilled), 2 Cups Each Washing Soda, Baking Soda, and Borax, 80 Drops or 4 ML Essential Oil(s) of choice, 2 Cups Liquid Castile Soap (unscented)
The first thing I do is put the water on to boil. Make sure you keep the lid on the pot so that you don't lose any water volume to evaporation.
Then I prepare my powdered ingredients. I like to sift them into the measuring cup to eliminate most of the clumps before I get started. Then I won't have to worry about clumping later on when I add them to the water. Whisk all three powdered ingredients (Borax, Washing Soda, and Baking Soda) together in the large mixing bowl.
Add powdered ingredients to boiling water. Whisk well. If you add it quickly, a large glob may form at the bottom. Make sure you whisk it all apart.
Bring the mix back to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes. Whisk regularly.
After it's done cooking, pour the mixture back into your large mixing bowl (wipe out any remaining dust first).
Measure out your soap and have it ready. After the mixture has cooled somewhat (about 10 minutes) slowly mix in the soap.
Stir gently until incorporated. A few bubbles will form, but try not to make too many suds.
Wait another 20 minutes or so and gently stir in your essential oils. These are the three I like to use in mine, but the sky is the limit here.
Cover the bowl with a lid (my stock pot lid happens to fit perfectly) and let sit overnight. In the morning, the mixture will have separated. Whisk it all back together, well. Make sure you get everything incorporated from the bottom too.
Now it's time for the immersion blender. Blend for about 2 minutes. Mixture will be creamy, but not gelled yet.
Pour mixture into your jars. I like to use my measuring cup and a canning funnel. Put lids on the jars. After a few hours your laundry sauce will fully gel (about the consistency of custard) and be ready to use! This size batch should make 5.5 Pints of Laundry Sauce.
Here is the scoop I use to measure mine out into the wash. It's a 1.5 Tbsp. coffee scoop. I use 1.5 Tbsp. for each regular size load. I add my sauce as the basin is filling, then add my clothes on top. Each pint will wash about 18 regular loads of laundry. You can also use the sauce to pre-treat stains!
Enjoy your new all-natural laundry solution!