I’ve preferred more natural products for some time now, but since becoming a mom, I’ve become completely obsessed with making sure all the products we use in our home, from personal hygiene products to cleaning products, are as safe and natural as possible. Recently, my husband and I stumbled across the documentary Chemerical (which you can watch for free here) which is all about the toxicity of conventional housecleaners and how they affect our health. We learned so much and were so inspired by it that we began making our own all-natural household products! Here are some recipes that we’ve used to make our home a safer and cleaner place for the whole family!
All it takes to make an array of household cleaning items is a few simple ingredients!
L A U N D R Y D E T E R G E N T
What’s great about this laundry detergent recipe is that it cost about as much to make a six months supply as we spend on one week of laundry detergent. It was also a really fun project for us to do as a couple. Here’s the recipe we used:
- 1 bar Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (we used the almond scented one)
- 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax (found in the laundry aisle at the grocery store)
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (also found in the laundry aisle)
Grate the bar of soap. In a large pan, pour in two quarts of water and the grated soap. Gradually heat and stir constantly until the soap has totally dissolved. In a five gallon bucket, pour in four and a half gallons of super hot tap water. Pour in borax, washing soda, and soap mixture. Stir thoroughly and let sit overnight. The next day, stir again until smooth.Use one half to one cup per load depending on size. (via Wellness Mama)