Homemade Detergent & Cleaner Recipes

Our family has been using homemade laundry detergent for almost two years now and we love it.  It’s even safe for our HE front loader.

Laundry Detergent:

  • Grate 1 bar of Fels Naptha Bar Soap
  • 1 Cup of Borax
  • 1 Cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

Mix together thoroughly until it becomes a fine powder.  Use 1 Tbs. per load, 2 Tbs. for heavily soiled loads.

*Cost is about $2.98 for 64 loads vs. $19 for 64 loads. (and the commercial detergents never truly yield 64 loads!)

All Purpose Household Cleaner:

  • 1 Cup of white distilled vinegar
  • 1 Cup of water

Pour into a spray bottle and shake.  For a large spray bottle, double the recipe.

(Vinegar is an effective natural disinfectant and works nicely for most household cleaning tasks.)

Natural Furniture Dusting Spray:  (think Pledge)

  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon (or any desired) essential oil (about 8 to 10 drops)

Mix in a spray bottle and watch those dust bunnies run in terror!  🙂

…We tried using a homemade dishwasher detergent for about a year, but I finally gave up in frustration because it just wasn’t cleaning as well as we’d like.  I may revisit that at some point, but for now, we use the Cascade pods, which are super easy.

These recipes appeal to me, not only because of the cost savings (although that is a huge draw), but also because they are comprised of natural ingredients.  Have you noticed the cleaning and detergent aisles in the stores have widely expanded over the last few years?  Do we really need all those?  It’s a market that has clearly been identified as hugely popular.

Just because there are a bazillion advertisements or coupons for the latest new and improved cleaning product does not mean that I need to line the manufacturer’s pockets.  I refuse.  Somehow, I’d much rather save money and keep life simple.

I keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water, along with a roll of paper towels in each bathroom for easy cleaning.  If you wanted to be even more frugal, you could use a rag or sponge instead, of course.

Have you tried any of these homemade recipes?  Do you have others you like?


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