In an effort to reduce the chemicals we are exposed to, I have decided to stop using commercial laundry products and instead start making my own (also cheaper and better for the environment).
In Part One of my Laundry Room Makeover, our laundry room got a new coat of paint and a cute French black & white toile motif.
This inspired me to take my 'makeover' one step further and start making my own natural laundry products.
In this post, I am going to share how to make your own DIY homemade detergent (powder and gel), stain remover, fabric softener and bleach alternative using common, natural household ingredients readily available in your grocery store or online.
(Note to self: pick up an old saucepan at Goodwill to use for this concoction!)
Pour 2 cups warm water into a large bowl. Add soap mixture and whisk. Slowly add another 10 cups warm water and the essential oil, stirring until mixed. The mixture will turn to a gel.
~makes 3-1/3 Cups~
Mix 1 Cup Water and 1 Cup White Vinegar and 6 drops Orange Essential Oil. Shake Borax or Arm & Hammer Washing Soda onto stain, spray with vinegar/water mixture, let sit 10-20 minutes then brush with an old toothbrush. Launder.
Lipstick or ink: soak in milk
Red wine: salt/water paste - let sit for 1-2 hours
I did two loads of laundry, using both the liquid and powder laundry detergents as well as the fabric softener. I also tried the bleach alternative and all-purpose stain remover. Our clothes are clean! Everything smells so fresh and natural. I am hooked!
I didn't price the ingredients and figure cost per load, but you can see from the prices below that everything I bought barely cost what one jug of each commercial detergent, bleach and fabric softener costs and I only used a fraction to mix up a batch of each product. I still have enough to make many, many more batches, so the savings will be substantial.
Where to purchase the ingredients:
|~essential oils donated by Mountain Rose Herbs~|
If you have a favorite homemade laundry product please feel free to share it in the comment section. I would love to try some other 'recipes'.
Mountain Rose Herbs sent one lucky winner a .5oz bottle of each of the three essential oils I used in the recipes above.
|~organic Sweet Orange, Organic Lavender and Organic Lemon essential oils~|
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