DIY Eco Friendly Cleaners – Dishwashing Soap

Thinking of homemade laundry detergent, reminds me of creating my own dishwashing soap and general purpose household cleaner. I found a great recipe that’s also easy and inexpensive. Now I have a better use for those plastic dish soap and laundry detergent bottles!

Try this recipe from NaturalHomeMagazine.com (one of my most favorite magazines for finding DIY ideas and greening my daily routine).

This eco-friendly dishwashing soap can be used for dishes, handwashing, floors, stoves, refrigerators, and sinks. The eucalyptus and mint provide a disinfecting quality as well as a fresh scent.

5 cups grated castile soap
1/2 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon borax
6 cups hot peppermint tea
1 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil

Put grated soap into a three-quart stainless-steel saucepan and add hot mint tea. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Add baking soda, borax, and eucalyptus oil and remove from heat. Allow to cool, then store in a labeled plastic jug or squirt bottle. Shake before using.

Save Money with Homemade Laundry Detergent

Spend less with this homemade laundry detergent recipe.

Everyday I think of how I can make 1 change in my daily routine to be more green or substitute a commercial store bought product for something that is safer for the environment as well as for myself and family.

Today, I did a load of laundry using a phosphate free laundry detergent. I buy the largest bottle of the least expensive brand I can find every month. However, I still cringe that I have to buy my laundry detergent in a plastic bottle (I try to avoid buying products that are plastic). I have a friend who makes her own laundry detergent in bulk, which she says lasts her family of 5 about 2 months!

So I found this DIY laundry detergent recipe that is not only easy to make, but also eco-friendly and safe for your family to use too.

-1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Lavender, Citrus, Peppermint, Almond or Baby soap
– 1 dry cup of Borax
-1 dry cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
-optional a few drops of tea tree for disinfecting (esp. good for cloth diapering)

*grate soap into sauce pan- add 2 cups of water- stir, dissolve.
*into a five gallon bucket add Borax, washing soda and tea tree if using.
*dump melted soap liquid into bucket and stir quickly
*add water to about 3/4 of way to top- stir and put lid on.
*set overnight- measure out 1/2 cup of liquid for light loads and 1 cup for normal.

Source: Reply to DIY laundry detergent on DIYNatural.com

What recipe have you used for homemade laundry detergent? What is the cost comparison & effectiveness of using your own detergent vs. commercial brands? I’d love to hear your comments below!

Eco Friendly Household Cleaners

This weekend I’ve been moving out of one apartment and into another, and I’m committed to only using eco friendly household cleaners to do the necessary cleaning when one moves out of a place.

So far I’ve been using lemon juice and hot water and it’s been doing a great job on cleaning and disenfecting the refrigerator and it leaves a fresh lemon scent as well.

Other eco friendly household cleaners that really do a great job are:

  • Baking soda
  • Baking soda and lemon juice – for cleaning a stove’s interior.
  • Mule Team Borax soap
  • Table salt – great for getting the grime out of your tub.
  • Vinegar

Combinations of the above work well together too, but vinegar and baking soda do cause quite an adverse reaction, although this might work well on those stubborn food stains in your oven.

What eco friendly household cleaners work for you? I’d love to hear other ideas. Post your comments below.