Have you looked into making your own cleaning products but decided it was too much work, simply not for you. I’ve heard my friends say that before and to be honest, I’ve thought it myself a few times.
But I’m here to promise it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few recipes for the laundry room, along a free printable below.
Give it a try, it’s a task that will take you one afternoon at most and last you for months to come. I say that’s worth it for a natural cleaning product, with ingredients I know and trust.
Homemade Laundry Soap
Laundry soap is one of the most toxic cleaners we could use in our homes. The ingredients can cause serious health issues including skin irritation and others not so easily seen. So when I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted a natural detergent to use on my newborn baby’s clothes.
There are so many debates out there on whether or not we should use store bought detergent, borax, or just plain washing soda. So here’s my BALANCED view on this hot topic. I currently have a huge batch of homemade laundry detergent in my garage that HAS borax in it, and I plan to continue using it! Please do your own research on the topic and decide what’s best for your own family.
Now I understand that some of you have come to a different conclusion and have decided to not use borax, in which case I will leave another recipe without it included below. But for a liquid laundry soap that works wonders (even on dirty cloth diapers!!) and is safe for HE front loaders, this is the recipe you NEED:
1 Bar of Zote Soap (I prefer ZOTE over Fels Naptha because it will give your soap a pretty pink color as opposed to a milky white.)
Simply start by grating the Zote soap up, the entire bar. This might be the most difficult part of the chore which isn’t that difficult.
Put 4 cups of water in a medium pot on the stove and set the heat to medium/low. You don’t want a boil. Add your grated soap and while stirring constantly allow the soap to dissolve. Make sure no chunks or pieces of soap are found.
Grab a five gallon bucket and fill it half way with HOT water. Pour the soap mixture to the water. Add 1 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax.
Use a large dowel of some sort to mix everything up, getting down into the bottom of the bucket.
Fill the rest of the bucket up with water, another quick stir and you’re good to go! Let it sit overnight, stirring it the next day. Fill up small plastic containers using a funnel to make everyday use convenient. My mom loves to use old plastic coffee creamer jugs (see opening picture). You could use milk jugs or even the container that had store-bought laundry detergent in it.
I make up one batch and it lasts me for over 6 months! Before I had baby it lasted me for almost a year. So this one hour task is worth the time and effort!
For a NO BORAX option: (Quick Printable Recipe HERE)
Simply add the essential oils to the Epsom salts first and stir up in a bowl. Then add the baking soda, Arm & Hammer, Epsom salts and grated bars of soap into a glass container with lid and mix up. Use 1/4 cup per load and 1/2 for heavily soiled loads.
This option is still safe for HE front load washing machines but is a powdered soap as opposed to the liquid detergent recipe above. Just put in with the clothes as opposed to up in the liquid soap dispenser.
It looks so pretty with the pink Zote Soap sprinkled throughout and looks great in a clear glass container. Best yet, it also cleans great and possibly because there is no need to dissolve anything, you might find it to be an easier recipe.
Have you ever left your laundry in the washing machine for maybe just a little too long?? Something else got your attention and you never heard the ding that went off saying it was ready to be transferred into the dryer?? Well it happens, it’s normal. But what we don’t want to do is rewash everything every time this happens. Nor do we want to wear musty smelling clothes! Please… just DON’T. So what’s the solution?
Many families have turned to a fabric softener, which softens your clothes while leaving a “fresh linen” smell, you know the one, after it’s all said and done.
What if I told you there was a very simple way to solve the problem without using chemicals that can cause skin irritation and health issues when inhaled?
Homemade Laundry Freshener
Dollar Store (no scrub pad) sponges
Dollar Store Plastic or Glass container with lid
Distilled Water (I use lavender hydrosol from my in-laws lavender farm which is basically a scented water left over from distilling essential oil)
Grab a glass or plastic container, preferably one with a lid and add half water and half vinegar along with the drops of essential oil. Then line up your sponges in the liquid letting them soak it up.
Use one sponge for each load of laundry. Throw one right into the dryer, in with the wet clothes. Don’t squeeze out the liquid. Open to find dry, wonderfully fresh smelling laundry!
These recipes work wonders for my family. Quick, simple, natural, cheap and best of all, THEY WORK.
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