I have been making my own cleaning products for about a year now. Some have been wonderful; some have been a total flop. Here are some that work for me.
First laundry soap. I originally used a recipe similar to what the Duggar family uses, but it was a lot of trouble to make. I also had a lot of mess because I had to keep mine in 1 gallon jugs to save on space. I tried a powdered recipe and a can't say how much I love it. It does an amazing job. Example? The hand towel in the kids' bathroom is white. Ethan came in and "washed" his hands. He dried them on the white towel leaving red clay all over the towel. Oh, you've never heard of red clay? Well, consider yourself blessed because it simply does NOT come out of clothes. I tossed in the towel with the whites, a double scoop of the laundry soap and 1 scoop of Oxiclean. No elbow grease, no pretreating. It came out looking brand-new. It's a snap to make.
- 2c real soap, grated (I use Kirk's Castile because it smells better than Fels Naptha or Ivory imo)
- 2c baking soda
- 2c washing soda
- 3c Borax
- 1c water
- 1c rubbing alcohol
- 1tbsp white vinegar
All purpose cleaner
- 1 part white vinegar
- 2 parts water
- 1 part white vinegar
- 3 parts oil
Magic Eraser was my go-to for the shower. One day I couldn't find one in the house and had to make do. Here's what I came up with: Wet the shower. Spray it over with the all purpose cleaner above, wait 10 minutes, then rinse. Sprinkle in baking soda (1/2 c to start with) and scrub with a handheld scrub brush. Dirt melts off and the vinegar is a natural mold killer!
1/2c white vinegar in the bowl, scrub, and let rest for 15 minutes. (or as long as you can since one of the kids will probably need to go before that amount of time. haha) Spray the outside with the all purpose cleaner and (if you want) double sanitize by spraying hydrogen peroxide after the vinegar has dried.
I can't say how much I wish I would have known about this 8 years ago! My kids sometimes get very bad diaper rash. When I'd wipe them with store wipes, they'd scream so loudly. They never, ever scream with these.
- 1 roll high quality paper towels, halved so that each half has an intact brown core. (I use Kleenex Viva and they do pretty well)
- 1 1/2 c water
- 1 tbsp natural baby wash (I use Avalon organics from iHerb. The nearest Publix carries it also)
- 5 drops tea tree oil
Boil the water, lid on, for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add baby wash. Gently stir it in since you don't want to create a bubbly mess. Lastly add the essential oil. Pour this into the core of the paper towels. The glue will loosen and you can easily lift out the core. Viola! Centerpull baby wipes.
Notice one very important thing. There are not a lot of different ingredients. I clean everything with the same stuff. It just makes sense and saves the $$... or the €€€€. :-)
A random picture, because everyone likes pictures.
Someone's getting closer to the terrific twos!