Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Homemade Laundry cleaner.

Itchy, scratchy and poor?

Look no further, homemade laundry cleaners that help eliminate a lot of the extra chemicals that cause many allergies and also saves the mean green as well:). Borax has chemicals in it, so if you wanted to eliminate all chemicals, maybe dont put the borax in.

These recipes were found in a great little book by Rhonda Hetzel- Down to Earth (a guide to simple living). She also has a cool little blog found here.

The most cost effect version of the laundry cleaner in the laundry liquid. You will need:

1 1/2 litres water
1 cup grated yellow laundry soap or homemade soap or soap flakes
1/2 cup washing soda (lectric soda, not baking soda)
1/2 cup borax

Into a medium sized saucepan add the water and the soap. Over a medium heat, stir until the soap is completely dissolved.
Add the washing soda and borax. If you use the grey water from your laundry on your garden, leave out the borax because it can build up in the soil and affect your plants. Its safe to use if you have a sceptic tank. Stir until thickened and remove from heat.
Pour this mixture into a bucket and then fill the bucket with water from the tap. Stir to combine- it will thicken up as it cools and often separates, the more you stir, the smoother the liquid will be.
Poor the liquid into the container that you fill almost to the top. Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per load and see what works for your level of dirtiness:) You can rub some of the liquid into a stain before you wash too.

Powder version (Easier but not as cost effective)
4 cups of grated laundry soap or soap flakes
2 cups borax
2 cups of washing soda.

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in a container with a lid. Use 2 tablespoons per wash.

I have a few sickies in the house. I'm hoping the sun comes out to play so I can catch a bit of vitamin D.

:) x

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