Homemade Laundry Soap

I am now on my second batch of laundry detergent.  I have never thought powdered detergent would be effective.  But this stuff IS.   I found the recipe here.  I have a very messy husband who stains every shirt he wears daily, so I require something powerful.   Honestly, I don’t know why he owns anything but black t-shirts.

The hardest part of this recipe is shredding the Fels Naptha soap.  You need 1 bar of Fels Naptha.  You may actually get carpal tunnel shredding this thing.  I shred mine very fine; almost like a dust consistency.

Homemade Laundry Soap

Then you stir in 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda.    Stir it really well.  And that’s it!  Easy Peasey!  I store mine in a glass jar with a clamp locking lid.  I shake it a bit every once in a while to ensure it is mixed thoroughly.  When it’s laundry day, all you need is one tablespoon per load.  This stuff works amazingly!

DIY Household Cleaners

I went to the library Saturday to a presentation on green cleaning.  The gal presenting said she is a professional cleaner for homes and offices.  I was interested in hearing about the brands she uses for cleaning.  For the most part she buys brands like 7th Generation and Citra-Solv.  I will be trying out some of these brands next time I am due for new cleaners, but I was more interested in the homemade recipes she handed out at the end.  I will be buying some spray bottles and making these next time I go to Walmart.

All Purpose Cleaner

1 quart warm water

1 tsp liquid soap (like Dr. Bonner’s Castile Soap)

1 tsp borax

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

Glass Cleaner

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 quart water

Stainless Steel Polish

Pour about 1/2 to 1 tsp olive oil (any grade) on a microfiber cloth and rub over stainless steel appliances, garbage cans, sinks, etc.  Unbelievable shine!  Even causes rust spots to seemingly disappear!

Scouring Powder

3 parts baking soda

1 part borax

Use as you would any scouring powder, being sure to rinse thoroughly.  For lighter jobs use baking soda alone.  Note that baking soda is an alkaline substance that can damage vulnerable surfaces if not rinsed.

Oven Cleaner

1 quart warm water

2 tsp borax

2 Tbsp liquid soap

Mix ingredients.  Spray on, wait 20 minutes, then clean.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1/4 to 1/2 cup borax

Pour into toilet bowl and let sit for half an hour to overnight.  Then scrub with toilet brush.  *source information.

Baby or All-Purpose Wipes

1 roll of heavy duty paper towels or cloth so they are reusable

1 container with lid. (Old wipes container, ice cream pail or old plastic coffee container)

1 3/4 cups boiled water (or distilled) cooled but still warm

1 Tbsp of pure aloe vera – check the ingredients

1 Tbsp of pure Witch Hazel Extract

2 Tbsp of liquid Castille Soup (Dr. Bonner’s)

10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract or 2 capsules of Vitamin E

2 Tbsp of Olive or Almond Oil

Essentials Oils of choice (optional – 6 drops each of orange and lavender)

*source information

DIY Homemade Cleaners

I went shopping this weekend for some toilet bowl cleaner.  I wanted to find it in bulk so I didn’t have to repurchase the small cleaner with the curved neck.  I figured if I could buy it in bulk I could reduce what is thrown away.  Well, it wasn’t an option so I didn’t buy anything.  I decided that I would research homemade cleaners.  I already make my own laundry soap, why not make the rest of my cleaners.

The basic ingredients that we all probably have in our cupboards that can make a number of different cleaners are: Baking Soda, Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Borax and Rubbing Alcohol.

Soap Scum/Stove Top:  I am going to use: Baking Soda, a wet sponge and water to rinse.

Window Cleaner: Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 quart warm water.  Use crumpled newspaper to clean.  Mix accurately because too much vinegar can etch the glass.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:  Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into basin and let it sit for a few minutes.  Scrub with brush and rinse.  A mixture of borax (2 parts) and lemon juice (one part) will also work.

I found these recipes on http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm.  There are a list of other good recipes; check out that website.  Not only are these recipes green, but they will also save you lots of money.