Make Your Own: Cleaning Supplies and Laundry Detergent

A while back I talked about green cleaning. I mentioned a few quick recipes for making your own cleaning supplies, but now I’d like to elaborate on that.
First of all, I found a great way to make your own laundry detergent. Here’s the how to:

For 1 Liter you’ll need:
A little less than a liter of water.
(Part of) a bar of soap
16 grams of soda
A bowl
A grater

First boil the water. While it’s boiling, but the bowl on a kitchen scale and grate the bar of soap until you have 16 grams of grated soap. Add 200 ml of hot water and stir until all the soap has dissolved. Then, add 16 grams of soda and stir until it’s dissolved. Now add the rest of the hot water. Stir the whole mixture firmly and let it sit until cooled down. When it’s fully cooled, you’ll find it has become very thick. Stir it again, pour it into an old detergent container, and you’re done. I find it works best if you shake it before trying to poor it in the washing machine, otherwise it’ll all stick together.
Different bars of soap will give you different smells of laundry detergent, so try experimenting with that. You can use special soaps if your household has someone with allergies or maybe even for baby clothes.
As for fabric softener? Just use plain vinegar. Really, that’s all you need!

You may remember last time I posted a link to a page on Cleanmyspace.com. The owner of the website, Melissa Maker has her own youtube channel, and just this week she made a new video about home made cleaners vs storebought cleaners. You can watch it below.

Personally, I mostly use a spraybottle filled with water and a little bit of dish-liquid as an all purpose cleaner. I use the homemade laundry detergent and fabric softener to do my laundry, and a mixture of vinegar and water to battle limescale. I do use a storebought disinfectant, and toilet-cleaner. For my kitchen drain I use soda and vinegar.

If you have any other recipes for home made cleaning products, please share them in the comments below, or on our brand new Facebookpage! Don’t forget to like the page when you’re there!

Gree(n)tings,
Cyndi

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