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How To Make Homemade Cleaners and Laundry Soap

I’m sure this is old hat to some of you, but my wife has recently decided to make and test some of her own cleaners.

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?

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2 Responses to How To Make Homemade Cleaners and Laundry Soap

  1. We’ve been making the powdered version of this laundry detergent recipe for a couple of years. In all earnestness, it works as well as anything on the market and costs only a fraction. Best of all, it takes just minutes to make. (The secret is to freeze the Fels Naptha bar and then grind it by tossing it in a blender. Works great every time and leaves no residue or smell behind.)

    Thank you for reminding us of a few of the things we can do to save money AND become more self sufficient.

    • Frugality is always a double edged sword because I value time very highly. And lots of the ‘Frugal’ tips you read about are good for saving money but you lose a ton of time. And while I can always make more money, I can NEVER make more time.

      In this case, though, making these things takes hardly any time at all, so it’s a great example of wise frugality.