Funny story, a couple years ago our women's group at church was having a Saturday meeting and I was asked to teach a class on making your own cleaning products. I'm not sure why I was asked as I had never done any of this before. My mother-in-law was in charge of the meeting and I'm not sure if she thought I made my own stuff or what. lol I had always wanted to make my own cleaners; I'd bookmarked (back in the days before Pinterest) several sites and recipes I wanted to try but had never gotten around to it. So I did a bunch of research, tested out a few things, and ended up with a several page handout of awesome cleaning recipes. :)
Anyway, today I'll share my laundry tips and recipes. Here is one of my very favorites:
- ½ c. vinegar
- ½ c. ammonia
- ½ c. Wisk
- ½ c. water
- 4 Cups - hot tap water
- 1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
- 1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
- ½ Cup Borax
-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. 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 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.
Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-For Top Load Machine - use 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-For Front Load Machines – use ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
* Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent
- 1 Sponge cut in quarters
- 1 Cup Downy or other liquid fabric softener
- 4 Cups Water
- Before washing a mustard, ketchup, spaghetti, or barbecue stain, dab with white distilled vinegar.
- Remove perspiration odor and stains on clothing, as well as those left by deodorants, by spraying full-strength white distilled vinegar on underarm and collar areas before tossing them into the washing machine.
- Get cleaner laundry! Add about 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to the last rinse. The acid in white distilled vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, yet strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents. Besides removing soap, white distilled vinegar prevents yellowing, acts as a fabric softener and static cling reducer, and attacks mold and mildew. It helps keep colors from running, and helps keep hair (pet or human) and lint from clinging to clothes.
- Keep the steam iron clean and in good working order by getting rid of mineral deposits in steam vents and spray nozzles. Fill the water chamber with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and distilled water. Set it in an upright position and let it steam for about 5 minutes. When the iron is cool, rinse the tank with water, refill and shake water through the vents onto an old cloth. Test before using.