We’ve been making almost all of our cleaning products for many years now. It’s inexpensive, easy and most importantly, safe; safe for us and safe for the environment. Usually I just make things as I need them, but lately I’ve been making a point of setting aside a bit of time some Sunday afternoon to make up a whole bunch of things to have on hand. It’s ever so pleasant to have whatever I need within easy reach.
I thought I would share a few family favorites with you, and maybe you will share a few favorites too. Between us we could make a wonderful resource for others. My recipes come from several different sources. Some are just things that I’ve came up with over the years. Some come from the lovely book that my friend gifted me a few years back (there are a few other recipes in that post as well).
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
2 teaspoons borax
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap (I like dish soap because it cuts grease and I often use this spray in the kitchen)
2 cups hot water
15 drops each lavender and tea tree essential oils (I’ve been using all lavender lately or a combo of lavender and rosemary)
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake.
1/2 cup baking soda
enough liquid soap or detergent to achieve a frosting like consistency
5 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
Stir all ingredients in a bowl, store in a sealed jar.
Laundry Stain Remover
(home-made ‘Oxy Clean’)
2 cups water
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
1 cup baking soda
Mix all ingredients together. Soak laundry in stain remover for at least 20 minutes before washing.
My Favorite Laundry Soap
4 cups hot water
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
~Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
~Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight.
~Stir and fill a jar or other container half-way with soap and the fill the rest of the way with water. Shake before each use.
~Use 5/8 cup per load for top load machines and 1/4 cup per load for front loaders.
This recipe makes 10 gallons of liquid laundry soap, but it’s stored in a concentrated form in a 5 gallon bucket with a lid. We keep ours in the basement. Whenever we need more, I go down, stir it and ladle some out. I use a half-gallon mason jar to store soap in our laundry room. I keep the measuring cup with it. After measuring out the proper amount for each load, I rinse it under the water filling the washer, then dry it and put it back for next time.