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Homemade cleaning products: The good, bad, and ugly?

January 14th, 2014 at 01:06 pm


In an effort to move towards simplicity and intentional living and more natural/less processed life, I am hoping to purge the chemicals I'm bringing into the home through cleaning products and pre-packaged/processed food. I am a tabula rasa for this new experience and am looking for practical advice and true and tried recipes (to aid in my success!).

Anything that anyone can share?!

5 Responses to “Homemade cleaning products: The good, bad, and ugly?”

  1. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Karen Logan's Clean House, Clean Planet and Annie Berthold-Bond's Better Basics For The Home have great recipes for DIY. Even simpler than those two is Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds, a product where one or two tablespoons goes a long, long way. And don't discount the magic power combination of baking soda and vinegar.

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    For the garden: weed kill with vinegar. two or three applications for hardy weeds.

  3. snafu Says:

    I watched several You Tube presentations and picked the one that used ingredients I had at hand. [grated soap, Borax, washing soda] that was recommended for front load machines. I like being able to put a dab on a stain and that it keeps whites bright.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Here is the laundry soap recipe I used in the past with pretty good results.
    Homemade Laundry Soap
    1/3 bar Fels Naptha or other type of soap
    1/2 cup washing soda
    1/2 cup borax powder

    ~You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size~

    Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use 1/2 cup per load.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    I use the same laundry detergent recipe as credit carefree...works great!

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