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DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent – Cheap and Green {free printable} Making your own laundry detergent from home is surprisingly easy and cheap, and with this recipe, there is no soap grating necessary!

DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent – Cheap and Green {free printable}

It uses just three ingredients and works like a charm – I know because I’ve been using it for nearly a year and my clothes always come out clean and soft. I provide two versions here – one with and one without Borax. Now updated with a free printable label – it’s pretty and you never have to look up the recipe again Making your own detergent also just makes logical sense if you want to save money.

Why? So, once my gallon of Dr. According to their article, this homemade recipe costs a tenth of the cost of store-bought laundry detergent. Just 3 ingredients – Super Washing Soda, Borax & Castile Soap (optional use of an essential oil like Lavender for fragrance) How Cheap is this Homemade Detergent? 1 box of Super Washing Soda (where to buy) (55 oz.) = $2.69 (at Wegman’s) 1 box of 20 Mule Team Borax (where to buy) (76 oz.) = $3.99 (at Wegman’s) or 4 lb.

Dr. How To Make Laundry Detergent. Just as we take care in the food we put inside our bodies, I also feel that it’s very important to feel good about what we’re putting on our bodies.

How To Make Laundry Detergent

Of course this includes beauty products… but what about the detergent that you use to wash our clothes? Today I have a very simple recipe for a homemade laundry detergent that uses just three ingredients. Ingredients: 1 cup Borax 1 cup washing soda ½ cup grated bar soap (anything natural is great – like Dr. Bronner’s!) Washing soda and Borax can be found in the laundry section of most grocery stores.

Directions: You can grate your soap using either a hand grater or a food processor. Because of the varying sizes of the particles, be sure to shake or mix well before each use! DIY: Grease-Fighting Natural Homemade Dish Soap. Can I be totally honest for a second?

DIY: Grease-Fighting Natural Homemade Dish Soap

I have bought my fair share of natural dish soaps over the years, and I like them and I like knowing that I’m using a greener alternative. But here’s the thing … I really love that certain blue dish soap because it’s amazing at getting my dishes clean and fighting the grease. So I always have a bottle of both kinds under the kitchen sink. I pull out the blue one for a really greasy job. But I really don’t like to. When making homemade dish soap, which is incredibly easy, you get to be in control of what goes into it. There are tons of recipes online using the same basic set of ingredients – castile soap (liquid + grated bar), washing soda (really strong baking soda), glycerin and essential oils.

Castile I’ve been using castile soap for just about everything lately, so it made sense for me to start with that and see how it went. Super washing soda I came across a recipe that looked very promising and well-tested. Lavender. All-Natural Bleach Alternative. When we think of “bleach,” we normally think of chlorine bleach, but there are other kinds of bleach with different chemical makeups.

All-Natural Bleach Alternative

I prefer to use alternative bleaches instead of chlorine bleach. The reasons vary, from the alternatives being a little less toxic, to I’m tired of accidentally splashing it on my clothes when I’m cleaning. And then there are the nasty fumes. That’s where natural bleach alternatives come in. Lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide are high on the list of effective natural bleaches. This chlorine bleach alternative can be used for laundry, cleaning and disinfecting. All-Natural Bleach Alternative Author: Lindsey Johnson Serves: 1 gallon Ingredients 1½ cups 3% hydrogen peroxide ½ cup lemon juice 12 cups filtered water Instructions Combine the ingredients in a gallon-size bottle. DIY naturally antibacterial all-purpose cleaner. A few years ago I started swapping out my all-purpose counter cleaners for natural ones.

DIY naturally antibacterial all-purpose cleaner

Then I turned into the gal hauling gallons of distilled white vinegar home from the grocery store. Because it’s super inexpensive and works on almost anything! Chances are you already have everything you need to make this homemade grapefruit-infused all purpose cleaner. It does take about a week for the citrus to infuse, but after that you’ll be set to clean. Add grapefruit seed extract or tea tree oil for naturally antibacterial germ-fighting power. Supplies needed Peel of 1 extra large grapefruitGlass canning jarAbout 2 cups white vinegarGrapefruit seed extract or tea tree oilSmall spray bottle I have read before that soaking citrus peels in vinegar helps to extract a natural, powerful solvent found in citrus peels called limonene.

Instructions Peel the fruit and cut away what you can so you have only the pith and colored part of the peel. Place the peels in a glass canning jar and cover with vinegar.