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    DIY CLEANING PRODUCTS LAUNDRY RECIPES

    DIY Natural Laundry Detergent

    Traditional laundry detergent can be filled with toxic chemicals and artificial fragrances. But have no fear, making your own laundry soap is simple, cheap and empowering! Your clothes will come out clean, really clean. Not just soaked in chemicals and fragrances.

    This detergent recipe is simple and cheap. You can buy all the ingredients for about $12. That will give you enough supplies for 3 full batches (look for castile soap in 3-bar packs) and each batch will yield enough for about 48 large loads of laundry!!

    How to Make Natural Laundry Detergent

    • Combine 1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of grated Castile soap
    • Mix the ingredients throughly and store in a air tight container (non-metal)
    • Use approximately 1 tablespoon per load of laundry

    DIY Tip: Instead of grating the castile soap by hand, cut it into chunks and put it in a microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave for 30 second increments, watching closely. When it starts to “swell” and all the corners are rounded and melty looking, remove from microwave and let cool to room temperature. The texture changes and you can now just crumble it up. OR, throw it in your food processor!

    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup of Washing Soda
    • 1 Cup of Borax
    • 1 Bar of Castile Soap, grated

    Instructions

    1. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container (non-metal)
    2. Use approximately 1 tablespoon per load of laundry.
    3. Tips:
    4. Instead of grating the castile soap by hand, cut it into chunks and put it in a microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave for 30 second increments, watching closely. When it starts to “swell” and all the corners are rounded and melty looking, remove from microwave and let cool to room temperature. The texture changes and you can now just crumble it up. OR, throw it in your food processor!

    How to Remove Underarm Shirt Stains and Odors

    Don’t throw away your favorite shirt because of underarm shirt stains. Use the power of vinegar to extend the life of your shirts and remove odors.

    Removing underarm stains is a one simplest, yet effective DIY cleaning recipes.

    Remove Underarm Shirt Stains and Odors

    • Pour full strength vinegar into a spray bottle
    • Spray the affected area of the shirt to soak it
    • Let the shirt sit for 15-20 minutes before washing as usual

    Ingredients

    • Spray Bottle
    • Vinegar (Full Strength)

    Instructions

    1. Use full strength vinegar in a spray bottle to soak the stained areas.
    2. Let the shirt sit for 15-20 minutes before washing as usual and you should be rid of the underarm stains and any associated odor.

    Homemade Fabric Softener

    Fabric softener is a great way to keep clothes soft and smelling great. People with sensitive skin may have issues with commercial fabric. Fabric softener is also a luxury item that may not into everyone’s budget. If you enjoy the benefits of fabric softener but want to avoid cost or chemicals, try making your own fabric softener.

    A gallon of fabric softener can cost up to $10 but a gallon of homemade fabric softener can be made for only $2.50-$3. That’s a $7 savings per gallon!  Follow this simple recipe to make homemade fabric softener.

    Homemade Fabric Softener

    • Add 35-40 drops of your favorite essential oil to 1 gallon of white vinegar
    • Shake the container well before each use
    • Use 1/4 of the homemade fabric softener for HE washing machines and 1/2 cup for regular washing machines. 
    This DIY recipe is a great way to create low cost fabric softener that also cleans! Vinegar is a naturally antibacterial as well as many essential oils. The fabric softener leaves little to no scent on your clothes but helps remove bacteria, dirt and stains.

    Ingredients

    • 1 gallon white vinegar
    • 35-40 drops of essential oil (Choose your favorite essential oil such as lavender or lemongrass.)

    Instructions

    1. Shake the container well before each use
    2. Add ¼ cup for HE washing machines, ½ cup for regular washing machines

    DIY Wrinkle Release Spray

    If you are tight on time or just hate ironing clothes, then this natural wrinkle release spray is for you! Save time, money and know that you are using ingredients that gentle on your skin.

    Create a batch of wrinkle release spray and store it for the next time you need to touch up a wrinkled shirt.

    DIY Wrinkle Release Spray

    • Add 1 cup of distilled water, 1 cup of vinegar and 6-8 drops of essential oils (colorless oil to prevent staining) to a spray bottle.
    • Shake the bottle well to mix the ingredients
    • Spray the wrinkled fabric
    • Remove wrinkles from clothing by pulling and smoothing the fabric with your hands.
    • Hang up the clothes to dry

    DIY Tip: Place the wrinkle release spray in a travel sized bottle to remove wrinkles from clothes while traveling.

    This keep your clothes wrinkle free with this simple DIY recipe.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup distilled or filtered water
    • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
    • 6-8 drops essential oils (colorless oils to prevent staining)
    • Spray bottle

    Instructions

    1. Add ingredients to the spray
    2. Shake the bottle well to combine mixture
    3. Spray the wrinkled fabric
    4. Remove wrinkles from clothing by pulling and smoothing the fabric with your hands.
    5. Hang up the clothes to dry