She’s had this on the TODO list for quite some time, but it never really bubbled up to the top until now.
Today I’m going to share the recipes that she used. Feel free to try them if you want, and if you already make your own cleaners, leave a comment with your recipes and experiences!
Liquid Laundry Soap
This is a recipe she got from the Duggar Family website, which I’ll reprint here in part. Make sure you check out their page for more information, as well as a recipe for powdered laundry soap.
4 Cups – hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
1/2 Cup Borax
Grate the soap and add to a saucepan with the hot water. Stir until melted.
Fill a bucket (we used our four gallon square buckets, but 5 gallon buckets work too.) with about two and a half gallons of hot water (make sure it’s hot!)
Add the soap you melted earlier, the borax and washing soda, then stir like mad until everything is dissolved.
Fill the bucket completely with hot water, stir, then cover it and let it sit overnight.
For use, dilute in half. 5/8 cup for top loaders and 1/4 cup for front loaders.
If you feel like it, you can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons, once everything has cooled.
This will make about 10 gallons of laundry soap.
Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner
This is a cleanser just like Soft Scrub, so it doesn’t scratch but works great. Pretty simple to make too.
Take 1/4 cup baking soda, 2 Tablespoons of vinegar, and 2 Tablespoonds of liquid dish washing detergent. Mix them well.
Put it in a container or squeeze bottle. Mix well.
You can adjust the amount of vinegar you use to tweak the consistency of the end result.
Homemade Multi Purpose Cleaner
This is something you use like 409 or some similar cleaner. Don’t use it on marble or anything like that because it’ll damage the surface though!
Just take half water, half vinegar and dump it into a spray bottle. Shake well, and you’re done!
Note: The vinegar can smell pretty strong. My wife says adding a few drops of tea tree oil makes the smell go away almost completely!
Homemade Glass Cleaner
A good windex substitute, and ridiculously simple to make.
Take a spray bottle, and add two cups of water. Put in three tablespoons of vinegar and a few drops of liquid dish soap.
Mix, and use.
So like I asked above, what are your favorite homemade cleaners?