What, you might ask, is THIS??? Yes, you might think I'm nuts, but I tried making my own laundry detergent! It all started, because I'm sensitive to cleaning items. I just have a hard time breathing them. I've tried the Seventh Generation stuff, but it's expensive. So I've been looking into ways of using simple ingredients I have on hand to clean with and also found a recipe for laundry detergent, which comes out to about 1 to 2 cents a load! I just had to try it and it was very easy to make. It uses the items in the first picture, all found in the laundry section. It cost less than $7.00 and I used one bar of the Fels Naptha, and had tons of the other left for more. The Fels bars are $1.19. IF you want to try it, here's the recipe:
1 Fels Naptha bar 3/4 C washing soda (NOT baking soda) 3/4 C borax You can hand grate the bar, but I thought that was too much work, so I ground it up in my food processor. It looked like shredded cheese, so I kept running it with the blade in the bottom and it kept getting finer. It took only a few minutes to do the whole thing. You use 2 T per load. I put it in and fill the washer before I add the clothes. I've washed several loads, they get very clean. It also takes up VERY little space. You can also make this into a liquid, but to me it seemed like it would take up more space and you have to stir it every time you use it. Plus it seemed like it would be slimy??
For fabric softener, you can just add some white vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Here are a couple more cleaning ideas...
Pure dish soap cleans about anything.
Warm water with some white vinegar in it is a great disinfectant for counter tops.
All purpose cleaner: 1 t borax 1/2 T washing soda 2 T lemon juice Combine ingredients in spray bottle with 1 C hot water and shake.
Drain cleaner: Pour 1 C white vinegar and 1 C baking soda in drain. Let stand a few minutes. It bubbles. Flush with several cups of hot water. This freshens the drain or garbage disposal.
Sink cleaner: Combine equal amounts of baking soda and salt to scrub sinks, tubs and stainless steel. Rinse well.
Windows: Warm water, a couple T of white vinegar and a little dish soap. This doesn't streak!
Toilet bowl: Sprinkle some baking soda and lemon juice in toilet and wait awhile. Later scrub with toilet brush.
Ink stain remover: 1 T white vinegar 1 T milk 1 t borax 1 t lemon juice Mix together, then apply to ink stain. Let on for 10 minutes. Dampen sponge with cool water and dab till gone.
Furniture polish: Mix 1 C olive oil 1/2 C lemon juice Shake well and apply small amount to cloth.
There you have it...cheap basic stuff and easier to breathe it!