While planning this adventure into cooking soaps and lip gloss in my kitchen, I let all the normal household cleaners run out. I purposefully wanted to be able to use these concoctions immediately. First up: the laundry.
I don’t think there is a “new” way to create laundry detergent. There are so many tutorials out there and recipes that I can’t really give you a new one.
After all the research and planning, I ended up going with a small (120 loads) batch of concentrate. Just 3 ingredients, and manageable in a day, I used this recipe for “mom’s super laundry sauce“. I added about 30 drops of Grapefruit essential oil. Mostly because I love the smell of citrus as it pertains to cleaning, and cooking up a Fels-Naptha bar is a little strong.
All I could smell all day was laundry detergent. The instructions are perfect in this tutorial, but here are my recommendations:
- use narrow mouthed mason jars. If you use wide mouth ’cause its your favorite, and then go to use the blender for the last step you will be sad because it doesn’t fit… and then make a giant mess doing it in a bowl with a hand mixer. I promise.
- get a good seal before you tip them upside down, more mess occurs if not.
- I used a hand grater and it went fast. The Fels-Naptha is soft, easy to grate. the grater was super clean after I washed the residue off too 😉
I’ve done many loads so far. I haven’t noticed a difference between these loads and the last 2 I did with my Ecos. That’s a good thing. The washer smells like fresh soap now. The clothes are clean, scentless, no residue. I am going to finish the laundry and see what our results are.
I also did dishwaser detergent.
this one is just a ratio of 1:1 of washing soda and borax. You can fancy and add lemshine, or a vinegar rinse. But I don’t have hard water, and have a habit of nearly prewashing my dishes. My recipe for this was :
3c washing soda
several drops of grapefruit essential oils
put all in the jar, cap it and shake it “like a polaroid picture”. Actually you need to really shake it more than that to get it all mixed up. I use 2 TBL per load. It seems to work great. I would prefer to do a liquid at some point, as I live on a septic system. But, as long as the ingrediants are simple and natural, it shouldn’t become a bother.
Not to be finished with my weekend, I also did some febreeze.
Even though we have a removable mattress cover, and I baking soda and vacuum the mattresses, I still like to febreeze the curtains and the mattresses in each room at least once a month. I don’t like the chemical smell of febreeze though. I stumbled upon a pinterest pin of 1/8 c fabric softener in a spray bottle of water as a fabric refresher.
I ended up using a standard spray bottle, and guessed at the amount by filling the bottom of the spray bottle with about 1/2″ unscented natural fabric softener, and then filling the bottle with water.
Scentless, it seems to work great. I think you could do this with any of your fav fabric softener or add a few drops essential oils to the bottle.
I did all this in a matter of an hour. The laundry sauce had to set up, but it didn’t require my attention until later, and then only a few minutes.
Happy making, happy cleaning!