Monthly Archives: July 2013

Easy DIY Liquid Laundry Soap

Easy DIY Liquid Laundry Soap

After successfully creating many of my own beauty products, I decided it was time to try making my own laundry detergent. After all,  friends were raving about it and I knew I could save a lot of money. With a new baby on the way, every bit helps. I’m so glad I did it. Not only do I have detergent for the rest of the year, I only spent $24.49 and 20 minutes of my time, plus I had fun doing it.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • A bar of Castile Soap
  • Plus a five-gallon bucket for mixing
  • Water

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I found all of these ingredients at my local grocery store. If you’re like me, you’ve probably never seen them because you have never looked for them but they’re there. I was surprised too.

How to do it:

Step 1: Grate your bar of Castile soap. I just used my cheese grater.

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This is what it looks like after grating.

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Mine bit me but I’m pretty sure that was operator error. Be careful.

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Step 2: Put the grated soap in a pot with 4 cups of water and heat on low until the soap melts. Don’t let it boil. Once all the soap is completely melted, add the washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.

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Step 3: Fill the 5 gallon bucket half way with hot tap water. Add soap mixture and stir it up. Then continue to fill the bucket with hot tap water until it’s full. Leave a little room at the top. Stir, cover, and let sit overnight.

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This is what it will look like after it sits overnight. It will be liquidy and gel-like at the same time. Don’t worry, you did it right.

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Step 4: Stir and fill a used but clean laundry soap dispenser half full with your new soap and then fill the rest of the way with tap water. Shake before each use (will gel).

Optional: You can add essential oil for fragrance if you want after detergent has cooled. I think lavender or lemon would be nice but feel free to get creative.

How to use it:

Yield: 10 gallons (no kidding)

Top load machine – 5/8 cup per load (approximately 180 loads or 14 cents per load)

Front load machine – ¼ cup per load (approximately 640 loads or 4 cents per load)

In the end: 

Cost of supplies…………..$24.49

My time…………………….20 minutes

Loads of laundry …………640

Cost per load……………….4 cents

Knowing that I don’t have to buy detergent for more than a year or worry about the chemicals in them………..PRICELESS

I hope you have fun with this recipe. Let me know how it goes in the comments below. If you liked this blog and you want more, sign up for my free bi-monthly updates.

Why Cut the Crap? – True radiant health comes from a mixture of healthy diet and lifestyle choices. The cost of our fast-paced and convenient life is chemical toxins in and around us.  Ridding your home and family of chemical toxins that make you sick and drag you down doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. In this series, you’ll learn the most efficient and easy ways to “cut the crap” so you can just enjoy your life.

 

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Easy DIY Household Cleaners That Save You Money

Easy Do-It-Yourself Household Cleaners That Save You Money

DIY Cleaners

It’s hard enough to make dinner. Why on earth would you want to spend time making your own cleaning products, you ask? It’s a good question. Making your own anything (especially the first time) can seem daunting and like too much of a hassle. I hear you but I can tell you that it’s not only easier than you think but also incredibly worthwhile.

Benefits of DIY Cleaners…

  1. Money saving
  2. Fast and easy to make
  3. Peace of mind
  4. Essential oils actually boost your mood – making you happy while cleaning, imagine that.

Here’s what you need to know about commercial cleaners…

If you were to go to your cleaning cabinet right now and pull out a few of your regulars, you’re likely to find 3 things on the label: directions for use, vague ingredients, and hefty warnings.

Vague ingredients are common on commercial cleaning products because they are not required to be specific. Lack of disclosure makes it very hard for a consumer to decide whether the item is actually safe to bring home.

The warnings are pretty scary. Common ones include:  “harmful if swallowed” “wear gloves when handling this product” “can cause damage to skin and mucous membranes” “keep away from pets and children”.

The truth is that even though we’ve used these products our whole lives and probably watched our parents do the same, they contain dangerous chemicals that can be absorbed and breathed in by every member of the family with a whole slew of side effects that often are not felt immediately.

The good news is that we don’t have to endure such hardcore products to have a clean home because we can achieve the same results for less money.  Sounds good eh?

The alternative…

Using a few common household ingredients like baking soda and vinegar mixed with essential oils will yield the same clean results without the chemical aftermath. Essential oils like lemon, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, and thyme are antibacterial and antiviral. Now that’s harnessing the power of Mother Nature.

What you need to get started…

You will need the ingredients in the recipes you want to try plus something to put it in. I invested $10 and bought a variety of glass spray bottles and other glass containers. Aromatools.com is one resource you can use. The best bet is to use glass because the essential oils will eat at plastic incorporating the same toxins you’re trying to avoid.

You will also need some essential oils. Just like with everything, you get what you pay for with essential oils. There are a few high quality brands out there. My favorite is Doterra. I have friends who love Young Living Oils. Both of these brands can be bought through independent consultants.

The in-between step…

If making your own cleaners is a little too out there for you, there are still plenty of options that you can buy with safer ingredients. Be sure to visit www.EWG.org to see which ones are the safest.

Recipes…

All Purpose Cleaner

2 cups boiling water

2 Tbs white vinegar

½ tsp Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

1 tsp baking soda

5 drops lemon essential oil

Mix baking soda, water and soap together with essential oil in a container. Place container inside a bigger bowl and add vinegar. Mix and add to spray bottle.  

Floor Cleaner

1/8 cup Castile Soap

1/8 cup distilled vinegar

1 gallon water

10 drops essential oil (lemon, maleleuca, lavender)

Combine ingredients in bucket and use to mop any floor.  

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

½ cup baking soda

¼ cup white vinegar

10 drops melaleuca essential oil (tea tree)

Combine all ingredients in the bowl right before toilet wash. Add to toilet bowl. Brush. You’re done.

Glass Cleaner

2 cups water

3 Tbs vinegar

¼- ½ tsp liquid Castile Soap

3-4 drops of lemon essential oil

Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to blend.

Wood Cleaner

¼ cup vinegar

¼ water

½ tsp liquid Castille Soap

1/8 tsp olive oil

10 drops lemon/orange essential oil

Combine ingredients and use in a spray bottle. 

My hope is that you have fun with these recipes creating safe cleaning products. It could be a fun way to get the family involved. Please share your DIY cleaning experience. If you have a favorite DIY cleaning recipe not listed here, I’d love to hear that too.

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Why Cut the Crap? – True radiant health comes from a mixture of healthy diet and lifestyle choices. The cost of our fast-paced and convenient life is chemical toxins in and around us.  Ridding your home and family of chemical toxins that make you sick and drag you down doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. In this series, you’ll learn the most efficient and easy ways to “cut the crap” so you can just enjoy your life.

 

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