Last year I started making my own cleaning products. It is really easy to do and very economical. I like the fact that I know exactly what is in them and I don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals because we have a a well and septic system. This year I thought I would start the New Year by restocking my cleaning supplies so that I don’t have to deal with it later and that would free up some time so I can concentrate on other tasks.
With four men living in this house you can just imagine the amount of laundry that gets done on a weekly basis. I found that making my own laundry detergent is much cheaper and you can get everything you need right at the grocery store. Plus I really hated having to lug that big heavy jug of laundry detergent home from the store every other week. It took up too much space in my grocery cart and it is expensive! Although I haven’t done the math to figure out what it actually cost per load I do know that I use less, 1-2 Tablespoons per load and it lasts much longer, about 6 months in my house.
To make your own laundry detergent you will need:
- 1- 4lb 12 oz box Borax
- 1- 4lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- 1-3lb 7oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 3.5 lbs of Oxy Clean (2 small containers)
- 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap
Mix first 4 ingredients together in large container and then grate your soap into it. Give everything a stir and your done. Simple as that. Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. It is safe for all washers and no worries if you have a septic system.
If you are like me you probably use fabric softener so I’ve got a great recipe to share with you for that too.
Homemade Fabric Softener:
- 6 cups of water
- 3 cups of white vinegar
- 2 cups of Suave Conditioner, any scent will work although my personal favorite is the rosemary and mint.
Mix all ingredients together and use as you would any fabric softener in the rinse cycle or spray on a wash cloth and add to the dryer.
Don’t stop there! You might as well make up a batch of dishwasher detergent while you are at it!
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent:
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Baking Soda
Mix together. Use 2 Tablespoons per load along with a splash of white vinegar in the rinse chamber of your dishwasher to prevent spots or residue. May be scented with a few drops of essential oil if desired.
- 2 cups of vegetable based soap (such as Vermont Soap Organics of Dr. Bronner’s)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
- 3 drops of essential oil
Mix all ingredients together and shake well before using. Use 2 Tablespoons per load. I have never tried the liquid, I like to use powder in my dishwasher but if you try it let me know what you think!
You are on a roll now so go ahead and make yourself up some Shower Scrubbies. These little babies work great and they make the job of cleaning your shower so much easier!
- Dish Wand
- Dawn dish liquid
- White Vinegar
*Fill dish wand with half white vinegar and half Dawn dish liquid. Run water into shower, scrub it with the dish wand, rinse well and then shower as usual.
*When filling dish wand make sure the scrubby part is securely attached to the handle. Otherwise you will be washing your floor and counter and pants and feet! Just sayin’.
How about some Lemon dust cloths?
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 lemon rind
- 2 dust rags
- 1 container with lid
Mix the vinegar, water and olive oil together. Soak the rags in the mixture, ring out until damp dry and store in covered container with the lemon rind. These cloths are great, infused with vinegar to kill any germs and the olive oil and lemon bring a soft polish to your furniture.
All of these cleaning product ideas were taken from Pinterest. The homemade laundry soap came from “beingcreativetokeepmysanityblogspot.com” The homemade fabric softener is by “onegoodthingbyjillee.com” dust cloths are from “growinghomeblog.com” shower scrubbies by “joyfulhomemaking.com” and the dishwasher detergent is from “motherearthnews.com” I love Pinterest!!
Now get cleaning!!