Natural Laundry Cleaning Product Recipes

Natural Laundry Cleaning Product Recipes Expensive chemical laden laundry products can not only damage our environment, but also the clothes we are trying to clean and protect. With these easy recipes, you can make your own laundry detergent both cheaper and safer.

 

Laundry Booster and Softener

Add a cup of white vinegar to your washer’s rinse cycle for a frugal laundry booster. This will whiten your whites, brighten your colors, eliminate static cling, remove lint, prevent the dye in new clothing from running, kill bacteria, remove soap residue from fabric and your washing machine, soften your laundry and neutralize any odors.

 

Laundry Detergent Recipes

(Laundry recipes courtesy of Soaps Gone Buy – Ingredients can also be purchased from them)

Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe 1:

3 Pints Water
1/3 bar grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
2 Gallon bucket to mix it in
1 Quart hot water Hot Water

Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket completely with additional hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. You may add additional HOT water if the mixture becomes too thick. Mix Well before each use. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load. Makes 64 loads. Cost per load .03.

 

Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe 2:

Water
1 bar grated Fels Naptha Soap
5 gallon bucket
1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
4 1/2 gallons water

Put grated Fels Naptha in saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water and add soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup borax and mix well. As it cools, it will thicken. If mixture becomes too thick, add hot water to thin it to desired consistency. May be used immediately. Mix well before each use. Use 1/2 (normal) to 1 cup per load (heavy). Cost per load .04.

 

Powdered Laundry Detergent Recipe:

1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For light or small loads, use 1 tablespoon. For normal loads, use 2 tablespoons. For heavy loads, use 3 tablespoons. Cost per load .15.

To make a large batch – grate 6 bars of Fels Naptha Soap and then add 3 cups of Washing Soda and 3 cups of 20 Mule Team Borax. Mix well and store in covered container.

 

TIP: The above recipes will NOT make suds in your washer so don’t be alarmed. Fels Naptha Soap is a pure soap and typically makes little or no suds in the water. This makes it perfect for use in the new HE washers as well as traditional washers. You will also notice the need to either reduce your laundry softener or in most cases you can even eliminate the use of softener completely.

 

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Natural Laundry Stain Remover Recipes

Natural Laundry Stain Removers Vinegar makes natural laundry stain removal a snap. Learn how to treat your toughest laundry stains with white vinegar and a bit of elbow grease.

 

Blood Stain Remover:

Fast action is the cure for bloodstains. Pour vinegar over the stain, and allow it to soak for fifteen minutes. Then, rinse with cool water, and repeat if necessary. Wash immediately after.

Coffee & Tea Stain Remover:

Flush the area with vinegar to remove the stain. Rinse and repeat as needed. Then, wash as usual.

Crayon Remover:

Rub vinegar into the crayon stain with a brush (an old toothbrush works great). Then, toss in the wash.

Deodorant Stain Remover:

Rub vinegar into the stain until it disappears. Then, launder as usual.

Grass Stain Remover:

Apply vinegar to the stain with a sponge, and lightly dab to lift. If the stain persists, make a paste of vinegar and baking soda, and brush it into the stain with an old toothbrush. Then, wash as usual.

Grease Remover:

Soak the stain in undiluted white vinegar. Then, wash as usual.

Ink Stain Remover:

Apply vinegar to the stain. Then, rub with a paste made of vinegar and baking soda. Let dry. Then, wash.

Iron Scorch Mark Remover:

Soak a rag in vinegar, and use it to dab at the scorched area. Then, blot the stain with a clean rag, and it should lift the stain. Note: It may take more than one application to fully remove the scorch mark.

Mustard Stain Remover:

Apply vinegar to the stain, and allow it to soak in. Then, spot treat with a bit of laundry detergent, and wash.

Rust Remover:

Pour vinegar over the rust stain. Then rub coarse salt into the stain (table salt will work if it’s all you have). Place the garment out in the sun to dry. Then, wash.

Set-In Stain Remover:

Saturate the stain in vinegar. Then, rub with a paste made of vinegar and baking soda. If the stain persists, add a couple tablespoons each of vinegar and laundry detergent to a bucket of water, and soak overnight. Rinse and wash as usual.

Sweat Stain Remover:

Pour vinegar over the sweat stain. Then rub coarse salt into the stain (table salt will work if it’s all you have). Place the garment out in the sun to dry. Then, wash.

Sugar-Based Stain Remover:

Saturate the stain with vinegar. Allow it to soak in. Then, wash.

Tomato Stain Remover:

Saturate the stain with vinegar. Allow it to soak in. Then, wash.

Vomit Stain Remover:

Rinse the garment in cool water to remove as much of the vomit as possible. Then, soak the stain in vinegar, and wash. If stain or odor persists, repeat the process.

Wine Stain Remover:

Saturate the stain in vinegar, and allow to it stand for several minutes. Then, rinse with water, and repeat the process, if needed. Wash immediately after process.

 

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Natural Carpet Cleaner and Deodorizer Recipes

Natural Carpet Cleaners Natural carpet cleaners and deodorizers can easily be made out of household products you may already have in your home. There is no reason to introduce expensive and toxic chemicals into your home, when these homemade and natural alternatives are available.

Carpet Spot Remover

  • Recipe 1: Mix white vinegar and baking soda into a paste. Work the paste into the stain with an old tooth brush. When dry, vacuum up baking soda. Depending on the stain, this process may need to done twice.
  • Recipe 2: Soak spot immediately in club soda and blot until spot is gone.
  • Recipe 3: To remove grease spots, blot up as much liquid as possible then rub a liberal amount of baking soda or corn starch on the spot. Let sit overnight then vacuum in the morning.

Carpet Deodorizer/Freshener

  • Recipe 1: Sprinkle baking soda on carpet, leave on 15 minutes or longer, then vacuum as usual. This will naturally remove pet and other odors from your carpet.
  • Recipe 2: For a fragrant carpet freshener, combine 4 cups baking soda, 35 drops Eucalyptus essential oil, 30 drops Lavender essential oil, and 25 drops Rosewood essential oil (or any combination of essential oils), mix in a bowl breaking up any clumps to disperse the essential oils. Sprinkle mixture on carpet and let sit for at least 15 minutes before vacuuming.

Carpet Steam Cleaner Solution

Fill the carpet cleaner with a mixture containing equal parts of white vinegar and warm water, then clean according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Carpet Cleaner for Pet Accidents

First blot area, then add a solution of white vinegar and water. Blot again until almost dry. Sprinkle baking soda over the area then let dry completely. Vacuum up the baking soda residue the next day.

Indoor / Outdoor Carpet Cleaner

Mix a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar in 1 bucket of warm water. Scrub carpet with a brush or broom then hose off.

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Natural Car Care Recipes

Car Wash Have you ever wanted that collection of different car care products to make your car look show room perfect? That wide variety of car products are not only expensive, but can also be very toxic. Here is a collection of natural car care product recipes you can make yourself, save money and reduce the dangerous chemicals in our environment.

 

Car Wash Solution

Add a couple drops of liquid castile soup (found in health food stores) to a bucket of water and wash with a sponge or soft cloth.

Window Cleaner

Fill clean spray bottle with full strength white vinegar. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then, wipe dry with a piece of newspaper.

Chrome Cleaner

Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Then, spray it on your wheels; and work it in with a sponge or cleaning rag. Note: Vinegar should not be used on aluminum alloys.

Tire Cleaner

Mix baking soda and water together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into the tires with a scrub brush. Let it sit for several minutes. Then, rinse off.

Carpet and Upholstery Stain Remover

Mix white vinegar and baking soda together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into any carpet and upholstery stains with an old toothbrush or something similar. Allow the paste to dry. Then, vacuum up the baking soda, and the stains should be gone. Note: Some stains may need to be treated more than once.

Interior Cleaner

Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, spray it on any vinyl, plastic, wood, or leather surfaces in your car that need cleaning. Allow it to soak in. Then, wipe dry with a clean rag. Note: As with any leather cleaner, you should test on a small area before applying to the entire surface.

Interior Protectant / Dressing

Combine 1 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice in a spray bottle or bowl. Then, use a clean cloth to wipe a small amount of the dressing into the dashboard and any other plastic or vinyl surfaces. Finish by wiping off the excess with another cleaning rag. Note: Do not use on the steering wheel, pedals or any other controls where slipperiness could pose a hazard.

Windshield Washer Fluid

Mix half white vinegar with half water and fill your windshield washer fluid reservoir. The acetic acid in the vinegar dissolves grime, bugs, and sap. It also helps keep windows frost free in the winter.

Car Wax

Combine 1 cup linseed oil, 4 tablespoons carnauba wax (available in automotive stores), 2 tablespoons beeswax, and 1/2 cup vinegar. Put in double boiler or saucepan and heat slowly until wax has melted. Stir and pour into a heat resistant container. After was is solid, rub it on the car with a lint free cloth. Saturate a corner of a cotton rag wiht vinegar and polish the wax to a deep shine.

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Natural Cleaning Recipes

  • Air Freshener / Deodorizer
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Auto Cleaner Recipes (Car Wash Solution, Window Cleaner, Chrome Cleaner, Tire Cleaner, Carpet and Upholstery Stain Remover, Interior Cleaner, Interior Protectant / Dressing, Windshield Washer Fluid, Car Wax)
  • Bleach Alternatives
  • Brass or copper cleaner
  • Can Opener Cleaner
  • Candle Wax Remover
  • Carpet Cleaners & Deodorizer (Carpet Spot Remover, Carpet Deodorizer/Freshener, Carpet Steam Cleaner Solution, Carpet Cleaner for Pet Accidents, Indoor / Outdoor Carpet Cleaner)
  • Coffee Maker Cleaner
  • Coffee and Teacups Stain Remover
  • Chrome Cleaner
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Dishwasher Rinse Agent
  • Dishwasher Cleaner
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain cleaner
  • Fireplace Cleaner
  • Floor Cleaner (For No-wax vinyl, Linoleum or Tile Floors)
  • Furniture polish
  • Fruit and Vegetable Wash
  • Garbage Disposal Cleaner and Deodorizer
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Grease Remover
  • Grout Cleaner
  • Laundry Recipes (Laundry Booster, Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener)
  • Laundry Stain Removers (Blood Stain Remover, Coffee & Tea Stain, Remover, Crayon Remover, Deodorant Stain Remover, Grass Stain Remover, Grease Remover, Ink Stain Remover, Iron Scorch Mark Remover, Mustard Stain Remover, Rust Remover, Set-In Stain Remover, Sweat Stain Remover, Sugar-Based Stain Remover, Tomato Stain Remover, Vomit Stain Remover, Wine Stain Remover)
  • Label Remover
  • Litter Box Deodorizer
  • Metal Cleanser
  • Marble Cleaner
  • Microwave Oven Cleaner
  • Mineral Deposit Remover (Showerheads and Faucets)
  • Mold & Mildew Remover
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Porcelain Cleaner
  • Rust Remover
  • Scouring Cleanser
  • Scouring Powder
  • Shoe / Athletic Shoe Deodorizer
  • Shower and Tub Cleaner
  • Silver Cleaner
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Wallpaper Remover