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- 1 c. Arm & Hammer All-Natural Baking Soda (or Washing Soda)
- 1 c. All-Natural Borax
- 1 Tbsp. dried orange peel (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS: Mix the above ingredients together until evenly distributed. You can do this in a gallon ziploc bag or your mixer. Store in a pint size jar.
TO USE: For wash cycle, use 3-4 tsp. of the above mixture in the same place you would put your liquid detergent. Fill the rinse cycle with white vinegar.
TIPS: 1) I use the dried orange peel because citric acid is also a natural cleanser and it helps me know if the mixture is evenly mixed. 2) Add lemon and/or lime juice to the pre-wash cycle, if desired. 3) White vinegar also works well to clean your dish washer. Just throw a cup in the bottom of the washer and run a short cycle. 4) As a final tip, it’s always best to rinse your dishes prior to loading your dishwasher.
For an all-natural anti-microbial spray and an all-natural disinfecting spray, check out Frugally Sustainable’s post here.
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I’ve been reading up on various recipes and tips for saving some money and making my own laundry detergent. Here’s what I came up with for my first attempt:
- 100% Natural Ingredients: 2 bars of Clearly Natural Honeysuckle Glycerin Soap (yield: 4 c. grated), 2 c. All Natural Borax and 2 c. All Natural Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (both found in your laundry detergent aisle at your local grocery store), 30 drops lavender essential oil. (Note: This is WAY cheaper than normal laundry detergent!)
- Grate the soap. I started with a box grater, but it took a while, so I used my food processor to start and finished with the box grater. Measure Borax and Washing Soda.
- I poured too much Borax. Hint: Use a flexible funnel if you do this.
- Mix all ingredients together (you can use your hands if you want). Add 30 drops of lavender essential oil. Optional: add 1-2 c. OxiClean at this point.
Seal in a labeled, air-tight container. Use 2 Tbsp. per load. (Optional: add up to 1/2 c. white vinegar in rinse cycle for natural fabric softener.)
Here are some more websites with other Homemade Laundry Detergent recipes:
What’s up next? Homemade Dishwasher Detergent:
Wash: Equal parts Borax and Baking Soda (NOT Washing Soda; 1-2 Tbsp. each)
Rinse: white vinegar (+ lemon juice), optional
Yep, it’s that simple.
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