Monday, April 15, 2013

You Can Make it Yourself!
You can at least make it a little cheaper to do...
 I've been enjoying making my own household cleaners and some laundry items too.  You can find most of the items at the dollar store or they are very inexpensive at your local Crazy-Mart.
(* optional)

(recipe from an anonymous comment on a blog)
 Half White Vinegar
Half Water
1 tsp Dawn

2 tsp Olive Oil (I used a bit more)
2 cups water
1/4 cup white vinegar
*Citrus fragrance

1/8 c fabric softener (I use the fabric softener I made)
2 tbs baking soda
Fill the spray bottle with water
*Lavendar fragrance

Bathroom Cleaner
1/2 c vinegar
1/4 c baking soda
2 liters water
*Citrus fragrance

All Purpose Cleaner
1/2 gallon pickle jar
Spray bottle
Pack tight with orange peels
Fill with white vinegar
The longer you let it sit the more concentrated it becomes
you just dilute it to the desired strength
Powdered Laundry Detergent
2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated – you can freeze it and then use a cheese grater)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup BoraxMix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Liquid Laundry Detergent
1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
  • Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until melted.
  • Pour the soapy water mixture into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
  • Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
  • Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).
Homemade fabric softener:
What you will need:
2 cups of your favorite scented conditioner (I use Suave)
3 cups of white vinegar
6 cups of water hot
A container to mix the ingredients and hold the softener
Mix all ingredients together. You can use a pitcher to mix them all together and then just pour it into an empty container.
It takes a minute of stirring, but do it until no more conditioner clumps. Don't shake it.
Use 1/4 cup per load and it works great!

Re-useable plastic or glass container
5-by-7-inch fabric squares
Measuring cup
Large glass bowl
Metal whisk
1/2 cup white vinegar
6 - 8 drops of grapefruit seed or tea tree oil
Several drops of your favorite fragrant essential oil

They're hazardous-free to use, easy to make 
(took 15 minutes start to finish) and will save a ton over time.

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