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Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

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One of the best ways I have found to save money is to make your own everything! Really!  And not everything is time intensive.  Believe it or not just about everything can be made at home.  Homemade powdered laundry detergent is easy, earth friendly, and inexpensive. It only takes minutes and with a 2T serving per load a small amount goes a long way.  Store bought green and eco-friendly products can be expensive, making your own takes all the expense out of it.  Not only that, but you know exactly what the ingredients are.

All you need is 3 ingredients, 1 bar of soap (I used Kirk’s Castile Soap*), Washing Soda and Borax. You can find Washing Soda and Borax right next to the big sized box of baking soda in the cleaning supplies section at your local store. Both products are great for using in homemade cleaners to make your house sparkle.

Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

1 bar of soap grated
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda

Mix all ingredients well.

Add just 2 Tablespoons per load.

Feel free to include a few drops of essential oil to your washing water in order to kill dust mites, or viruses. The best essential oils to add would be lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and rosemary.

*One of the best and most inexpensive places I have found to purchase Kirk’s is Vitacost.com.  Click the referral link here and get $10 off your first order!

Kickin’ Homemade All Natural Tub Cleaner

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I am my mother’s daughter when it comes to keeping a clean house and this all natural tub cleaner paste leaves no exception. My home hasn’t been quite as clean as I would have liked ever since my third was born last spring, but I am hoping to get back to my clean, tidy home very soon. Cleanliness and organization gives me a sense of peace. I feel as though I can relax more easily and get more work done when my home is clean and picked up.

Over the past several years I have made the change from traditional household chemical based cleaners to making my own. For the last few years I have made my cleaners mostly with vinegar, water, and baking soda. These methods have worked fairly well, I feel like my home has been getting clean, but I sometimes I desire a deeper clean, something much more powerful than the easy vinegar and water cleansers.

For the past year and a half I have been taking a program for the Family Herbalist certification from Vintage Remedies School of Natural Health. I am so excited to announce that I am about to take my final tests during the next couple of days in order to finish up the course. Yay for the completion of this certification, I have learned so much from it! One of the last lessons in the course was about creating your own natural cleaners and beauty products (including an all natural tub cleaner). There are also some really great recipes to try for natural cleaners as well as encouragement to craft your own.

There are two main reasons I create my own natural cleaners:

1. To Eliminate Toxins in my Home: Chemical cleaners have many toxins that include hormone disrupters and pesticides. Riding your home of these cleaners can be important for improving your health since many of these toxic chemicals have been proven to cause cancers and other health disruptions.

2. To Save Money: I was formally an avid couponer until I realized how much processed foods contained sugar and other toxic additives that can be detrimental to your health. You can find many coupons for home cleaning products found in stores, but they can still be expensive. Purchasing green cleaning products can be even more expensive not to mention that you have to label read intensively since some green cleaners still contain toxic chemicals. However, making your own can be fun and easy. Vinegar, water, baking soda and other natural agents are easy on the pocket book and go a long way.

The recipe that I found for the most amazing tub cleaner ever was found in my Vintage Remedies School of Natural Health classes. I adapted the recipe a little bit in order to use products that I already had in the home. My tub really is cleaner than it has ever been and I will be using this kickin’ cleaner from now on. This cleaner really is better than anything that I ever used store bought. I love it because it is completely non-toxic, all-natural, super powered and basically costs pennies to make. My tub honestly sparkles after using this cleaner.

Without further ado here is the recipe!

Super All Natural Tub Cleaner

1 1/4 cup baking soda
3T BioKleen All Purpose Cleaner (You can also sub vegetable soap)
1T distilled water
1T vinegar
10 drops sweet orange essential oil and 10 drops lemon essential oil

Place all the ingredients except the vinegar in a clean jar and mix well. Add the vinegar a small amount at a time, it will foam a little bit. Store with a lid on and a label. If you have a tub brush put paste as need on the brush and scrub.

I love this stuff!

Do you make your household cleaners homemade? What do you make?