Making your own cleaning supplies is easier than you think—and a whole lot cheaper and safer for you and your family. Last week in Common Household Chemicals Exposed, we shared some not-so-clean chemicals likely lurking under your sink. It’s scary to think about what’s in the products we use on a daily basis in our homes and what possible adverse effects these nasty chemicals could have on our beloved families and pets.
It can be daunting and a bit intimidating to make the switch to homemade cleaning products, so start in one area at a time. In the upcoming weeks we’ll be sharing quick, go-to recipes for homemade, all-natural cleaning products. Save each list of simple homemade cleaning recipes and commit to swapping out one chemical-laden product for an all-natural substitute once every two weeks.
Today we’re featuring homemade cleaning products for your laundry room:
Fabric Softener: For those of you who love fabric softener or have hard water and must use it, this recipe is simple and will keep your garments nice and soft. Pour 6 cups of white vinegar into 1 cup of baking soda and mix. Store in two glass jars and shake before each use. Add ½ to 1 cup to your laundry during the rinse cycle. Even simpler still, you can add a ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Laundry Detergent (Powder): Grate a 5-oz. bar of soap. Mix the grated soap with ½ cup of washing soda (look for this product from companies like Arm & Hammer), ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of sea salt. Mix the 4 ingredients well and store in a glass jar. Bonus: you only need 1 tablespoon per load of laundry!
Laundry Detergent (Liquid): This recipe is a bit more laborious than the powder detergent above. Grate a 5-oz. bar of soap (be sure to choose an all-natural soap like Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap.) Boil 4 cups of water in a large pot and gradually add the grated soap, allowing it to melt. Slowly stir in ½ cup of washing soda, ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of sea salt. Before the liquid cools, pour it carefully into a bucket or container. Slowly stir in 12 cups of water, stirring after you add each cup. Allow the soap to sit for 3 days so it can solidify. Stir each time before use and use ½ cup per load.
Laundry Stain Remover: Did you know that you can use plain, old white vinegar on your soiled clothes? Many stains, even the stubborn ones, can be removed by simply soaking them in vinegar. Check out this tip sheet for removing certain stains.
Note: Many of these cleaning products use the same ingredients! Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll see over and over: Baking Soda, Castile Bar Soap, Vinegar, Washing Soda.
Get some more homemade cleaning product ideas and learn about some common chemicals used in commercial products: