Monday, June 6, 2011

{homemade cleaning products}

I've been on a real binge lately - a money saving one! We recently ran out of both laundry and dishwashing detergent, and as always, I grit my teeth when I have to dole out cash to replace these products. I've made my own laundry soap before ... back when Molly was a bebe and I washed her diaper covers in a more natural/gentle manner :) Well, I've reverted once again! I'm sick of paying for something I can make perfectly well here at home


Laundry liquid soap:
2/3 bar of goat's milk/essential oil grated
1 cup of washing soda (made by baking sodium bicarbonate)
1 gallon hot water
Add the grated soap and hot water together till well mixed. Add washing soda and mix well. Let cool in open container. Pour into the container you wish to dispense from and store covered. Shake well prior to use as the mixture will become a bit gel-like and separate.  I have a front loading HE washer and use a little less than half a lid for regular washing.


Dishwashing liquid:
juice from half a lemon
1/2 cup Dr Bronner's castille soap (I used peppermint - its what I had)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp sea salt
Mixture will become a little lumpy. Shake well prior to use. 1TBSP of liquid for regular dish cycle - 2TBSP is dishes are a bit more dirty. Store closed in proper container.