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    Post by Susan on Fri May 01, 2009 10:47 pm

    I absolutely love this woman for creating and maintaining this website:

    The Christian HomeKeeper™

    She has a few recipes listed for natural cleaners, that you can make. Talk about being frugal...well, here is the link, for anyone who wants to try some of these out.

    Homemade Shampoo Recipes - LINK BROKEN
    http://christianhomekeeper.org/sylvia/2009/03/17/homemade-shampoo-recipes/

    Homemade Scouring Powder - LINK BROKEN
    http://christianhomekeeper.org/sylvia/2008/03/02/homemade-scouring-powder/

    Natural Cleaners and Polishers - LINK BROKEN
    http://christianhomekeeper.org/sylvia/2009/03/17/natural-cleaners-and-polishers/

    Natural Laundry Detergents and Fabric Softeners - LINK BROKEN
    http://christianhomekeeper.org/sylvia/2009/03/17/natural-laundry-detergents-and-fabric-softeners/


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    Re: Recipes for natural cleaners!

    Post by Susan on Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:21 pm

    Making Homemade Laundry Detergent



    Homemade Laundry Detergent After It is Set



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    Post by Susan on Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:53 pm

    How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent


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    Post by Susan on Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:58 pm

    How to make your own homemade laundry detergent


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    Re: Recipes for natural cleaners!

    Post by Susan on Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:49 pm

    Ok, I made the laundry detergent. I used 2 bars of Ivory Soap, (that I have allowed to dry, by removing the paper, and letting them air dry. This method actually makes your bar soap last longer) 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, and followed the instructions, for making the detergent. I divided the mixture into two, 4 gallon buckets, and used enough water to fill the buckets. The buckets sat for 24 hours, and I tried the laundry detergent on whites, first. My hubby had cut the grass, and had ground grass stains in his socks. I thought what a perfect thing, to try this soap on! Well, the socks came clean. I am now a believer in this homemade laundry soap!

    What was my cost in making this?

    Ivory Soap, was purchased at Dollar Tree, 3 bars for $1. I used 2 bars.
    The Borax, was about $4. Purchased at WallMart.
    The Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, was $3.69, purchased at Schnucks Grocery.

    (The Fals Naptha soap, was $1.89 per bar)

    I can easily see, that I can make a year's worth of this laundry detergent, for around $10.00 a year! What a great savings. I usually spend about $15, for one 180 load box of brand name detergent, that lasts about 1 month.

    My math on savings:

    12 months X $15.00 = $180.00

    Our savings, will be about $170.00 per year.

    I also boiled a handful, of lavender, from my herb garden, then strained the liquid off, to add some fragrance to the laundry soap. It has a mild lavender fragrance. Not to mention, making my whole house smell good. The pot I used to make the soap in, also came out very shiny! An added bonus!

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    Post by Susan on Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:07 pm

    I also used the old knuckle buster, to grate the soap, with. It has a finer grate, on it, and the soap seems to dissolve faster. Yo can also use the food processor, for quicker grating and a finer powder mixture.


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    Re: Recipes for natural cleaners!

    Post by Susan on Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:35 pm

    Here are a couple more websites with some great recipes for homemade natural cleaners! I've got them bookmarked for references.

    http://www.naturalcleaningrecipes.com/index.php - LINK BROKEN

    http://www.soapforgoodnesssake.com/22.html


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    Re: Recipes for natural cleaners!

    Post by Susan on Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:47 pm

    New link in case the old one doesn't work for the first few cleaners in this post:

    http://christianhomekeeper.org

    You will have to do a search for: homekeeping 101


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    Re: Recipes for natural cleaners!

    Post by Susan on Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:53 pm

    There are a lot of good recipes found below. I was looking for a color safe stain remover. This is the one, I am trying out.

    Stain Remover II
    1/4 cup borax
    2 cups cold water

    Soak clothing in mixture or apply with sponge. Baking soda or washing soda can be added to this mixture for additional power to remove odors, mold and grease.

    I adjusted the recipe above. I add 2 TBSP Dawn Dish detergent, and use a large dish detergent bottle, to store the liquid stain remover in. I made sure to label the bottle! Shake and put on stains. Let it sit a moment or two, and throw it in the wash. I've had very good results!

    http://lesstoxicguide.ca/index.asp?fetch=household#laun2

    I was also looking for a substitute to oxygen cleaner, and came across this recipe:

    1 cup hydrogen peroxide
    2 teaspoons Arm and Hammer Washing Soda

    The recipe called for this to be put in a dark colored plastic container. I used the peroxide bottle, but noticed that the bottle was expanding. I was also concerned about using this directly on colored clothing. I'm still not sure, I would use it straight, but I did mix 1 cup of water into the mixture, to dilute it a bit, and put it into the oxygen cleaner container that I already had. Since it is already labeled, I feel pretty safe about this one. I used it straight, on a peanut butter stain, and added a little dawn dish liquid, and scrubbed the spot until the stain disappeared. The stain was on a new white t-shirt, that I had. It came clean. Then I tried using this about 1/4 cup to a washer full of water. Then added my colored clothes. It did seem to help those colored clothes, look their best. I would not suggest using peroxide on colored clothing, because it act like bleach, and will remove the color from most clothing.

    Another cleaner, that I do buy, is lanolin hand cleaner. It is great to use on greasy clothes, and has save quite a few good clothes, over the years. Just rub into the stain, and wash. It really amazed me the first time, I use it. It took car grease, out of an overcoat! And, the best part, is I can get this at the local dollar stores, for a buck!

    All of these, are a lot less expensive to make, than buying the traditional brands, and safer for our environment!


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    Post by Susan on Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:59 am

    I found this website while looking for a particular stain remover. It is loaded with simple recipes for just about everything you could imagine! So, I thought I would add the link:

    http://www.smart-penny.com/5.html

    I hope there is something that will help you. Don't forget to bookmark this link for all the recipes that I have attached. Wink

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    Post by Susan on Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:27 am

    A list of my cleaning supplies and approx cost of each:

    Laundry Soap Items
    Borax $3 a box ( Kroger and Walmart)
    Arm and Hammer Washing Soda $3 a box (Kroger and Walmart)
    1 Bar Laundry Soap-Fels-Naptha $.97 a bar (Walmart)

    Use in Rinse cycle and also in scrub powder
    Baking Soda Large Bag $6 (Sam's Club)

    Use in Rinse cycle and also as general cleaner
    White distilled vinegar $2 gal (Walmart)

    Use in some recipes, and also on my lips, hands and feet as a moisturizer
    Glycerine $4 a bottle (Walmart)

    ( I ONLY use this in my fabric freshner)
    Sauvatel Small bottle $.87 (Walmart)

    About $20 for all the products to make my cleaning supplies, and some of these items lasts for several months.

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    Re: Recipes for natural cleaners!

    Post by Susan on Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:32 am

    My Fabric Freshner Recipe - costs pennies a batch!

    In a clean spray bottle, mix 1 cap of Suavatel Fabric Softner ( or you can use scented liquid frabric softner you prefer), 1/2 cup of vinegar and fill the remainder of bottle with water. Shake well before using, and make sure the sprayer is set on mist. This will refresh any clothing, and furniture fabrics. The vinegar kills germs, and the Suavatel will leave a fresh scent. The vinegar smell subsides as it dries.

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    Post by Susan on Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:41 am

    2 other items in my cleaning arsenal are hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol. Both costs about $ 1 each, and can be used in some of the cleaning recipes for laundry, besides being great antiseptics for injuries. I also use my dish liquid in some of the recipes. I also use the zested rind of lemons, lime and/oranges, for the scouring powder, made with baking soda, and cream of tarter. All these recipes cost pennies to make, compared to what you buy in the store. I hope you find all these recipes useful, and will visit all the links. I've collected the recipes in a folder, for handy access, when making any recipe. It has saved me searching the internet, when links become broken. Happy is the woman who keeps her home a safe and healthy environment! I love you

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