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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Make your own natural household products

If you have other natural household recipes and/or thoughts, PLEASE share in the comments.


Dishwasher detergent:
1/2 C. Castile Soap (i.e Dr Bronners) (varies between machines, may only need 1/4 c)
1/2 C water
3 Drops Tea Tree Oil
Salt (hard water areas 1Tbsp regular 1tsp)
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/4 C white vinegar

1. Mix Together all ingredients except lemon juice & vinegar in a easy squeezable bottle & use 1 TBSP per load (This does vary between machines)
2. In separate container mix lemon Juice & vinegar & use small amount each load in your rinse aid for sparkly dishes!

Hand washing dishes:


Laundry Detergent:
3 Gallons hot tap water
3/5 C Borax
5 drops a gallon Essential oils (Optional)
Large 3 gallon bucket & Paint stick or long spatula. (Ask your local bakery for an empty 3 gallon glazing bucket with lid, should be free & just the right size!You'll want to wash it out prior to using for recipe)

1. Grate bar of soap
2. In Large pan heat 4-6 cups water till hot & SLOWLY stir in bar of soap till dissolved.
2. Add Soda & Borax, stir till dissolved and incorporated.
3. Combine into 3 Gallons of water add oils if desired, cover & let sit overnight
4. The next morning, the detergent will have thickened. Using spatula or paint stick break it up & stir together.

* Use at least 1- 1 1/2 C per load.*

NOTE: This should work on newer machines & front loaders,
I would still recommend doing your research if your un-sure.

Fabric Softener:
6 C water
3 C vinegar

1. Mix ingredients together. Put tsp on WET washcloth & wash/dry with load.


Shower Cleaner:
3 C. hot water
1/2 c Vinegar
1 TBSP dish detergent (recipe above)
1 TBSP Borax

Combine ingredients and spray or use in automatic shower cleaner.


Furniture Polish:
2 parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Parts Lemon Juice
Essential oils for fragrance & preserving.

Please share your recipes below & I'll add them to this post!


mark said...

thanks for posting these recipes. It is amazing how simple and how well these can work.

I have collected over 100 recipes that can replace common household products. You can visit and search for "money saving product recipes" to see the ebook.

Angel said...

What do put and dispense the furniture polish out of? The mixture clogged my glass spray bottle. I thought it may be due to the oil. Thoughts or suggestions?

naturesknockout said...

Angel: I would recommend soaking a nickel size onto a cloth & applying the mixture by hand in circular motions, opposed to trying to spray it onto your furniture...