Homemade/Natural Cleaners and the like (OT)

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Homemade/Natural Cleaners and the like (OT)

Hi ladies,

Not sure where else to ask this, but hoping some of you use homemade cleaners? If so can you share details? I want to be more natural and save money at the same time!


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My name is Jasmine, and I haven't shampooed my hair since 2010. ;)I clean my scalp with baking soda 3 times weekly and do an every-so-often rinse with lemon juice. I'm moving towards using baking soda for lots of other things, too - washing my body and cleaning my stove. I do the floors with white vinegar.

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We use baking soda and white vinegar too. We have a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and equal parts water. We use that in place of any other household cleaner. Spray it on, wait a bit and wipe off -- we don't rinse but some people do. The baking soda we use in place of abrasive cleaners -- so in place of cleanser. That we rinse off.

I use baking soda and apple cider vinegar on my hair in place of shampoo and conditioner.

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I haven't yet given up on shampoo, but I use some combination of baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and/or salt for pretty much everything else. Except the dishwasher, I still get Trader Joe's dishwasher powder. I've tried a couple of homemade recipes & don't really like the results.

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Soap Nuts. Seriously, look no further: http://www.laundrytree.com/about-soapnuts.html
(There are tons of different companies selling them, with different prices, so shop around, but there's some info)

Also, we do the white vinegar thing.

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i make my own laundry soap!!!! I don't know how "natural" it is, but it saves a TON of money.

4 Cups - hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (dont substitute with regular baking soda)
½ Cup Borax

Grate soap into the 4 cups of water over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water so you have 5 gallons total. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-fill your soap containers half way with water and half way with soap mixture

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 1/2 cup per load, plus 1 tsp of TSP

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load, plus 1 tsp of TSP

Adding TSP was my own addition. The clothes are much cleaner now Smile You can get the TSP at Lowe's or Home Depot, and the rest of the ingredients I found at Walmart.