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Homemade solutions..

Posted by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 1:03 AM
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So I been wanting to make my own homemade cleaning solutions to save a little money an not use such harsh chemicals. At this point I need any help possible!!! Or even post links to pages that have homemade ideas. For example... Laundry detergent, dish soap, cleaning of kitchen, bathrooms, carpet cleaner for a shampooer.. I just ran out of laundry detergent so I would love any advice/ ingredients. I also cloth diaper so would love something safe to clean those also.

Thanks so much!!!!

by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 1:03 AM
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by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 6:17 AM
I'm sorry..I'm really no help. Here's a Bump!
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by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 6:42 AM

bumping up

by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 8:11 AM
by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 8:18 AM

 Me too Tracy!  LOL  I have all the stuff, but I still haven't done it. 

by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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I have a homemade laundry detergent recipe, and just bought the last ingredient last night and have not tried it yet but here it is!

1-4lb. 12 oz. box of Borax

1-4lb. box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (this is NOT Arm and Hammer laundry detergent, you will find it by the Borax and other odd and ends in the laundry aisle)

3-bars of Fels-Naptha soap (or pink Zote soap)

2-small containers of Oxyclean (3.5 lbs. containers)

All the ingredients are found in the laundry aisle. 

Shave the 3 bars of soap down using a cheese grater or similar.  Mix all products together in a trash bag lined 5 gallon bucket.  Use 1-2 TBSP. per load.  All the ingredients cost under $20 and this should last you quite a long time only using 1-2 TBSP.  I can't wait to try mine and see how long it lasts.   I am mixing it tonight! 

sorry if this is one listed in the links, I did not read them.

by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM
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Easy Shampoo and Conditioner

This is so simple, no chemicals and leaves your hair clean, soft and shiny!!

You can adjust for long , short, thick or thin hair, mine is about shoulder length, about medium thickness and this was just right for me

1 cup warm water
2 TB baking soda
Mix well until the baking soda is dissolved

Pour over dampened hair and rub in scalp to tips, like regular shampoo

Rinse well.

Again adjust to your length

1 cup warm water
2 TB apple cider vinegar

Combine well and pour over shampooed hair(careful to not get it in your eyes) rub in well and let it sit 1 minute.

Rinse very well

dry and style as usual

This is a nice chemical free(and cheap!) way to get clean, soft and shiny hair! My hair is color treated and I have had no issue with color running or fading at all.

you can mix up bigger batches if you like to store it in an old bottle!
by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM
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Fabric Refresher

My own concoction for homemade Febreeze. You can find a wide variety of scented room sprays in the candle department at Walmart or Target or you can use essential oils.
REMEMBER TO TEST YOUR FABRIC FIRST!!! I have not had any spotting or staining issues on anything I have sprayed it on but its best to be cautious when using any type of spray.

1/2 cup white vinegar(kills odors)
1/2 cup clear rubbing alcohol(helps it dry faster)
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide(kills bacteria)
2 cups water
1/4 cup (or more for heavier scent) scented room spray
** or 20-40 drops essential oils(more or less for your scent preference)

Combine all in a large spray bottle, shake gently before each use.

by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM
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Homemade Laundry Detergent--

Ok not a tasty treat but I thought I would give the Duggar Laundry Detergent a try!
I think it turned out quite well and my first loads of laundry are clean and fresh!

the first batch lasted me a good 3 months with 3 little boys having a very dirty summer!!!

Second Batch I modified a bit!!! Look for Edits in RED
Overall I think the second batch came out better, feels a little more "commercial" thickness
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine
4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*(second batch I used 1.5 cups)
½ Cup Borax(second batch I used 3/4 cup)
- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water.
Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved.

edit for 2nd batch. I added the melted soap, borax and washing soda to the bucket FIRST and dissolved the powder before adding any water, then added 1/2 bucket of water, mixed well, then filled it. It seemed to distribute MUCH easier and started thickening IMMEDIATELY! And i felt there was less clumping of the borax...which I found to be an issues as I neared the end of the first batch
Fill bucket to top with more hot water.
Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap(EDIT AUG 2010--I fill it about 2/3-full and fill it with water from there)
and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
EDIT AUG 2010--- I used about 50 drops to up the scent!!!
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda" - in some stores or may be purchased at
Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must besodium carbonate!!
by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 4:38 PM
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fabric freshener I use is 

2 tbsp baking soda

1/8 cup fabric softener

hot water in a spray bottle shake before each use

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