Do you have a recipe for a useful homemade cleaning product (detergent, soap, or other product)?
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One cup of White Vinegar + One Cup of Water and you have a non-toxic cleaner for your home.
Seriously. It is THAT simple. I have found that vinegar cleans laminate flooring very nicely too. Surprising, I know! Sometimes the simple things work the best.
I've also made cleaner with some rubbing alcohol added but would NOT recommend this for cleaning laminate flooring. My related post attached has the recipe with rubbing alcohol added.
Recipe for Non-Toxic Silver Cleaner
What you will need - aluminum foil, boiling water, baking soda and salt. Line your sink or a bucket with aluminum foil, and drop in tarnished silver. Pour in boiling water, a cup of baking soda and a dash of salt. Let sit for a few minutes. The tarnish will transfer from the silver to the foil. It's that simple! Here are some pictures of some silver pieces I cleaned using this method:
I am a little late, but it let me finish up the post that had been sitting in drafts for a while!
Making your own household cleaning products is great for several reasons: (1) you know exactly what ingredients you are using in your home, around your kids and pets, and putting into the water supply, (2) when you use safe ingredients, you can let the kids help out with all of those fun jobs, (3) it is less expensive!
Everything can be made from your choice of:
Optional Essential Oils
and maybe citric acid in the dishwasher and washing soda in the washing machine..
Mine is not exactly a recipe but an instruction sheet. I make dryer balls from felted wool sweaters and it eliminates the need for fabric softener or sheets. I originally had another author guest post about them and now have made them for myself as well as my family.
So the "recipe" is:
One washed, shrunken, and dried felted wool sweater (and you thought you'd never use them)
Cut into strips about 1/2 inch wide and rolled into balls about the size of a baseball, stitching as needed to hold the strips in place.
Once the ball is the size you desire, hand stitch all loose edges in place (I use wool yarn).
Wash once and then dry the balls and keep the balls in your dryer. About 10 balls keep the laundry separated and static free.
Not very creative but...Vinegar! Plain ol vinegar!
Home Made Vanilla Extract
Jar with Lid
2 Vanilla Beans cut in halve
Pour about 1/2 cup of Vodka in the Jar, add vanilla beans, seal and shake once a day for 2 weeks.
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Yes, here is a great recipe to home made laundry detergent!
A combination of borax and baking soda works great in the dishwasher.
I use baby wipes to clean up juice stains on the carpet. They work best when the stain is still new, so have some wipes handy! The best wipes to use? Pampers :)
I am absolutely addicted to homemade citrus cleaner (which is just a fancy name for citrus infused vinegar and water)! I have more detailed instructions on how to make it on my blog, Tried & True, but essentially, all you have to do is soak orange rinds in vinegar for a couple weeks until the vinegar has a great orange tint to it and smells very orange-y. To use, you just mix it 50/50 with water or use directly on really tough grime. I'm addicted to this stuff!
I use diluted vinegar and a good scrub brush for almost everything! For stains in the kitchen I use baking soda, a soft cloth and a little arm power and it cleans my stove and counters perfectly. I try to keep things as natural as possible!
Yes! I use Arm and Hammer Washing Soda, 20 Mule Team Borax, and a bar of Ivory soap. I have a front loader, and it hasn't messed my washing machine up at all. It's also very economical and the clothes are clean. I use softener, just to give them that good smell. I've heard of soaking a hand towel in your favorite softener, and throwing it in the dryer with your clothes. The link below also has a recipe for some homemade cleaners and dishwasher detergent.
I have been making my own Dishwasher Detergent at home!
I linked my post (it also has a "how-to" video), but it only needs very simple ingredients:
1 Cup Borax (Laundry Booster)
1 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Salt (Kosher or Regular)
Mix well in a container, and use about 1-2 Tablespoons in your Dishwasher every cycle.
You can also use Vinegar as a Natural Rinse agent in the rinse section of your Dishwasher.
One of my most popular posts is the recipe for my homemade fabric softener.
Hallee the Homemaker