Tired of buying and using chemical-laden commercial cleaning products or paying out extra for more natural ones? Then here are some formulas for you that can easily be made at home and, as well as helping to cause less damage to your environment, they save you money too.
1. Washing machine laundry soap
– use just 1 tablespoon per light load or 2 tbs for an extra heavy load and, for the average family, this amount will last approximately 9 months and can be used in HE washers too. It will have a mild scent but you can add a few drops of essential oil if you want something more fragrant but please avoid artificial fragrances.
1 x 4lb 12oz box Borax
1 x 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
1 x 3lb 7oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz
3 x bars of Fels-naptha soap (or you can use Ivory soap or Zote soap)
Optional 2 x small containers of oxyclean or store brand oxyclean (total 3.5lbs)
- grate all the soap – you can even use a food processor and put with the rest of the ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag. Mix it all up and store in a large container along with a tablespoon size scoop to make it easier to use when adding to your washer's dispenser. In the case of a HE washer, add to the barrel instead of the dispenser.
2. Natural fabric softener
- use 1/3 cup of white vinegar which you can pop into the softener dispenser of your washer. Once the clothes are dry, there is absolutely no smell of vinegar.
3. Dishwasher detergent
1 x 4lbs 12oz box Borax
1 x 3lbs 7oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
24 small packets of unsweetened lemonade drink mix, like kool-aid - (the lemonade will stain soap dispenser yellow so an alternative option is to use ½ to ¾ cup of citric acid instead which you can usually find along with canning supplies at your local store)
3 x cups Epsom salts
1 x Lemi Shine rinse aid – sprinkle a tablespoon in the bottom of the dishwasher
Mix Borax, washing soda, salt and lemonade together in a very large bowl and put into a container large enough to hold whole batch if required. A pouring spout will make life easier and you just need 1 tablespoon per wash cycle.
These three recipes come from here
while Shayla Groves of www.designfinch.com
has the following suggestions;
4. All-purpose Cleaner
¼ cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons baking soda
¼ gallon hot water
a few drops of essential oil (optional)
- combine ingredients in a bucket, stir and let the mixture cool before pouring into a suitable spray bottle.
5. Glass Cleaner
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/4 gallon water
Few drops of lemon essential oil (optional)
- combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake. Wipe the glass surfaces with crumpled newspaper.
6. Furniture Polish
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
- combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before use. Remember to store extra in the refrigerator to prevent lemon juice from souring.
Safer for the environment but also easier for sensitive skins, eyes and noses.