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Homemade cleaning products -- laundry and dishes

 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.

  Laundry detergent

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?

Laundry whitener

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

Dishwasher rinse

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!



jbettin said:

I've SO wanted to love homemade laundry soap, but have discovered that over time, it seems to react with perspiration to leave light-colored clothing with yellow stains around the neck and under the arms. Anybody have a solution for that?

May 10, 2009 8:26 PM

Anne Cross said:

I'm a big sweat-producer and have always had that problem (sweat stains under the arms), regardless of what kind of detergent I've used. I usually scrub the stains with a little detergent and then bleach my whites -- the stains go away and then re-appear over time, so I just repeat the cycle for the life of the shirt. I think the stain has to do with us sweating, not with the detergent.

May 11, 2009 6:33 AM

missapril_piano said:

The stains do not come from the sweat itself, but from bacteria that thrives in the sweat. I would recommend using a anti-bacteria gel on the area after showering & drying, but before applying other grooming products like lotion or deoderant. This prevents the stain from getting there in the first place. They are hard to remove no matter what detergent you use. Something else I've learned--applying peroxide to the stain for it's mild bleach properties doesn't remove them, it makes them worse!

May 21, 2009 4:02 AM

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