Tuesday Tip: Homemade Cleaners

Here’s what I love: things that are easy and save me money. Added bonus: they are good for the environment and/or my family’s health. Enter homemade cleaners! These are my favorite go-to cleaners. I make them regularly and it is inexpensive, especially since many of the ingredients cross over. The laundry detergent lasts my family of five about a month. The dishwasher detergent lasts closer to two months. While the “must be prepared” side of me has store-bought dishwasher and laundry detergent available as a backup in case I don’t make my version in time, I rarely use them. Try them out and see for yourself!

~ Theresa

Dishwasher Detergent:

Mix in a large bowl:

  • 1 c. washing soda
  • 1 c. baking soda
  • 1 c. kosher salt
  • 3 packages unsweetened lemonade mix OR 1 1/2 T. citric acid

Store in a tightly sealed jar. Add 1 T. per load.

Multipurpose Cleaner:

Boil 2 c. water. Meanwhile in a glass jar or large heat-proof bowl, mix:

  • 1 t. Borax
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 2 t. vinegar
  • 1/4 t. Dawn dish soap

Carefully add hot water. The mixture will foam. Once cooled, add to a spray bottle. A double batch fills a Windex bottle.

Laundry Detergent:

  • 1 bar Fels Naptha soap
  • 1 c. washing soda
  • 1 c. Borax

Cut the Fels Naptha bar in half. Set the food processor with the slicing attachment, running both halves of the bar through. Empty the bowl and fit the food processor with the metal blade. Run the food processor until soap is granulated, about 5-10 minutes. Mix with the washing soda and Borax. Store in a tightly sealed container. Use 1 T. per load. In front-loading high efficiency washers, load soap directly into basin rather than into the liquid soap dispenser. Safe for septic systems.

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