Homemade Cleaning Supplies: Recipes
Homemade Laundry Soap
Here's what you'll need:
1 ice cream pail
4 cups washing soda (found in detergent aisle--it's different from baking soda)
6 cups borax (Twenty Mule Team Borax is the brand; this is a 'natural' washing aid, also in detergent aisle)
4 cups of baking soda
3 1/2 cups of grated laundry bar soap (Sunlight is most common brand, but there are others which are softer and produce soft curls, rather than powder -if you get curls, increase amount to 4 cups) (takes about 2 bars)
What to do:
Cover your nose & mouth with a tea towel or something to prevent your breathing in the soap 'dust'. Grate the Sunlight bar soap, using a very fine cheese grater, into a large bowl. You should get about 3 1/2 cups of grated soap out of two bars.
Stir to mix, and store in covered ice cream pail. Put a measuring tablespoon in the pail, and you're set!
Use 2 Tb. for small/lightly-soiled loads, and 3 Tb. for large or heavily-soiled loads. Wash using warm water setting (helps to dissolve the soap mixture), but I've also used cold, and it seems to dissolve just fine.
1. This detergent does not produce any soapsuds! So you won't see any bubbles at all. But it does make the water super soft, and lifts the dirt out of the clothing nonetheless.
2. You will still have to 'pretreat' grease stains and heavily soiled parts (shirt collars, dirt streaks on socks, etc.) just as you would with regular detergent..
Bathroom Spray Cleaner
Into a 1-litre spray bottle (Dollar store!) pour:
1/4 cup dishwasher rinse-aid (the generic blue or clear stuff)
1/3 cup isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol from the drugstore)
1/8 tsp. liquid dish detergent
Fill bottle with water, and you're set. Use a microcloth. Spray onto shower walls/tub/sink, and wipe away scum and grunge.