Post # 1
So THIS thread got me thinking.
Do any of you make your own household “products”
I currently make my own laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent and I LOVE it! I feel it’s just about as natural as you get right? WAY cheaper than buying it. That $hit’s highway robbery I tell you!!!
Anyway, care to share your “recipe”?
Dishwasher detergent is equal parts baking soda and borax.
- 4 Cups Hot Tap Water
- 1 Ivory Soap Bar
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1/2 Cup Borax
Fill a 5-gallon bucket (home depot buckets work great) half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
Stir and fill a used, clean laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of the way with water. Shake before each use.
To use: On a top load machine, a 5/8 cup per load (approx 180 loads); on a front load machine, 1/4 cup per load (approx 640 loads)
Note: Check to make sure using a non-commercial or non HE-labeled laundry detergent won’t void the warranty on newer machines.
Post # 3
Stain remover (especially red wine): hydrogen peroxide with liquid dish soap (can dilute it with water depending on how bad the stains are).
Instead of windex on windows I use white vinegar – works like a charm without streaks (also use it on floors and countertops and as a boosting agent in dishwasher and laundry)
Sometimes in the bathroom I use baking soda and water instead of the vinegar, especially on grout.
Post # 4
Sometimes I use baking soda in the wash. If things are smelling bad like I forgot a load in the machine, I’ll add baking soda to the wash water.
Post # 5
I use a little distilled white vinegar & water (equal parts) to clean my windows & computer monitor!
Post # 6
I want to eventually make my own, but ATM we’re living with FIL’s and since Future Father-In-Law owns a local grocery store chain, we end up getting the “unsellable” food. Usually it’s just stuff that had a boxcutter go through it or stuff that’s a little past it’s expiration date.
Post # 7
For you ladies that use the vinegar. Do you find the smell lingers? I’ve always been afraid of that!!
Thinking about making dish detergent (not dishwasher. dish soap). Must google!
Post # 8
It does smell for like an hour or two if I clean all the floors but just cleaning the counters, it’s just a few minutes.
Post # 9
I love baking soda!
Just used it last night to clean my oven and it worked like a charm!
Just sprinkle baking soda on your oven about 1/4″ thick. Spritz with water. Let sit, walk away, watch a movie. Go back every so often and spritz with more water (not soak) when you notice the baking soda is drying up.
Yay for no toxic chemical smelling kitchen the next time we use the oven! Everyone loves turkey ala oven cleaner right?
Post # 10
I use baking soda and vinegar on the carpets when one of our pets has an accident. It is basically the same thing as oxyclean just DIY.
Post # 11
Somebody I know swears by Young Living 100% therapeutic oils–she drops them in a spray bottle with water and cleans with those. Also they have a Thieves brand she really loves. I haven’t used it (i just use the 409 in the bottle or some orange cleaner I have, not real exciting but no point throwing it all out yet and I’m not sure how I feel about the no-chemical hype for some places of the house–sometimes i feel like bleachy stuff is the only way to go, haha. Or Resolve, for kitty puke on our carpet. Yuck) but she swears by it. Says her house smells lemony and clean without harsh chemicals.
Post # 12
I hear you. Bleach allllll the way in the bathroom. Ew.
It took us a while to use up all the old cleaners as well. We started alternating, using our home made ones day to day and then when we did our intense weekly cleaning we’ll bust out the 409s, Lysols, etc to use it up.
The other thing too is that the typical Lysols etc gave me a wicked headache after cleaning even with windows opened. 🙁
Post # 13
I HATE lysol. It’s so nasty. I don’t like the antiseptic smell at all…all my cleaners are definitely ‘fresh scent’ style so i really like them. One of them was a special one i bought to kill fungus (when the cats had ringworm) and it smells sorta minty and fresh. I love it.
It takes SO long to use up a bottle of cleaner, though. Ugh. Maybe it’s cuz I don’t clean enough? =] Or cuz our kitchen is so icky with grease, haha.
I clean my linoleum with ammonia. It’s the WORST. Even lemon-scented is harsh. But i majored in chemistry so things that smell icky to most people don’t bother me as much. I’ve huffed too many things