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More and more, families are looking for ways to DIY in their homes. From taking on weekend projects to choosing sustainable resources, there are tips and tricks you can use to be in control of what’s happening in your home.
If you’ve ever thought about creating your own laundry supplies, now’s the time to get to work. It can be a great money-saver and help you get to know the exact ingredients you’re using on your clothing and placing on your skin. If you’re ready to get started on creating a more sustainable home, start stocking your laundry room with these natural cleaners.
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Why Choose To DIY Cleaning Supplies?
While creating your own cleaning supplies may be time-consuming, you’re actually saving the money and taking steps towards a greener home. Many who DIY their own cleaning supplies don’t want to use the chemicals found in commercial brands that can be potentially harmful to their bodies. Others see the significant value in the money you will save.
When it comes to laundry soap, skeptics wonder if it will really clean clothes just as well as store bought. After using this method on my laundry for over a year myself, I can say that it cleans and removes stains just as well as brand name products. I choose to make a bulk amount so it will last longer, but you can certainly decrease the amount to conserve storage or transfer to smaller containers as well.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
When it comes to making your own laundry soap, you want to keep things as natural as possible. It’s time to take control of what you're washing your clothes with. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 5-Gallon Bucket
- Washing Soda
- Liquid Castile Soap
- Essential Oil
- Large Spoon
- Storage Containers
Make sure you're starting with a clean, unused bucket for this project. Fill your 5-gallon bucket with 4 gallons of hot water.
Add one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda and one cup of liquid castile soap to the bucket. Add 15 drops of your favorite essential oil and stir to mix the ingredients thoroughly. Let the mixture sit for 12 to 24 hours before washing or storing into smaller containers. The laundry soap will be colorless and not thick like traditional washing solutions. If your mixture has any color in it, the bucket may not have been cleaned thoroughly. It’s advised to start over.
Use a funnel to pour the mixture into smaller containers you’ll be using to store the soap. These can be decorative jugs and bottles to give your laundry room a little extra flair. Or, you can use old laundry soap containers if they are available.
For washing, stir or mix the handmade laundry soap. Use ¼ cup of detergent per load. Wash your clothes as normal.
Homemade Fabric Softener
If you’re making your own laundry soap, you might also want to try making your own laundry softener as well! There are many DIY methods available such as wool dryer balls, but since liquid softeners are more popular, that will be the version we’re looking at. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oil
- Large Bowl or Bucket
- Storage Container
In a large bowl or bucket, pour 6 cups of vinegar and 2 cups of baking soda. Pour the baking soda slowly, though it still will fizz. Wait for the bubbles to settle and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil scent. Mix thoroughly and let sit for 8 to 12 hours.
Pour Into your storage container of choice. When it’s time to use, add a half cup of this fabric softener to your washing machine as you would normally. Enjoy your soft and freshly-scented laundry!
Natural Stain Remover
Let’s not forget about those pesky stains that can settle on shirts, tablecloths and more. While DIY laundry soap can get some stains out, you may want a bit more power. Often the type of stain determines what you’ll want to use to combat it. Here’s a list of commons stains and what works to get them out:
- Red Wine: Use salt generously to cover the stain before it sets.
- Coffee: Pour boiling water over the stain.
- Grass: Use liquid dish soap and a toothbrush to scrub the stain.
- Grease Stain: Spread and blot baking soda into the stain and let it sit.
- Yellowing Whites: Soak the garment in vinegar.
- Pen Ink: Blot the spot with rubbing alcohol
By knowing what’s on your clothes and linens, you can feel more confident about what you and your family is wearing. Try a few of these natural laundry methods and see if they work for you. Essential oils can go a long way here to keep your laundry smelling fresh. Keep a few of your favorites on hand for when you need to make more.
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