I've been making my own personal and household cleaning products for a while now. I've shared some of the personal care items (the famous salty toothpaste, vinegar hair rinse, shampoo and body wash), and thought I would share these household cleaners with the Dollar Stretcher Community.
1 cup grated castille soap (I buy it in bulk at www.soapsaloon.com)
1 cup borax (laundry aisle of grocery store)
1 cup washing powder (laundry aisle of grocery store, Arm & Hammer brand)
Mix it all together and use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per load. Easy, eh?
A few drops of bluing (found in the laundry aisle of my grocery store) added to water brightens your laundry without bleach. Adding a few drops of bluing to a mix of 1/2 cup bleach and 1/2 cup water super-brightens your whites.
Dishwashing detergent for dishwasher
1 cup borax
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup washing soda
Use straight white vinegar (distilled) instead of that expensive Jet Dry stuff.
I really like making my own products for many reasons -- I know they aren't tested on animals, I'm not using tons of plastic (I put everything into re-usable glass containers), they're really really inexpensive, and they're not using tons of caustic chemicals.
If you don't like these recipes, there are lots of others out there! Happy washing!