Woohoo! Company Girls – Happy Friday!
Wouldn’t it be GREAT if it was raining Coffee??? Or Tea??? Sure our clothes might change colors, but think about how the caffeine would affect our, ahem, cellulite! When I’m brave enough to make my own soap, I think I’ll use coffee grounds as an exfoliant!
Speaking of dirty clothes – I was brave enough to make my own laundry detergent last week – and so far so REALLY good! It’s very inexpensive and made about 3 gallons and has done a bangup job on the piles of laundry I accomplished this week (no applause necessary!) I plan to keep using it – although I need to find an essential oil to add a little bit of fragrance. I DO love the fresh, clean scent of good laundry detergent.
I found my laundry detergent at Tip Nut’s 10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes. I used Recipe #1. It is IMPORTANT to allow the soap to fully melt or you’ll get a gritty mess. I also plan to use 2 gallons of WARM water next time, because I think it will help everything incorporate. My first batch was better after I used my stick blender to stir it up really well.
Vinegar really is a CHEAP, effective fabric softener. I love the way vinegar works as a fabric softener – it really makes everything soft and doesn’t leave a lingering scent. I can get 2 gallon jugs of vinegar at Sam’s club for about $4, and vinegar is useful for other cleaning in the house, too!
About 18 months ago we started using more eco-friendly products for home and cleaning – and making our own detergent and cleaners is not only something I enjoy, it’s very cost effective and I’m finding GREAT sources for recipes online!
My other favorite thing for laundry is Dawn dish detergent. I saw several posts on my Homemaker Mentor Society group this week about using Dawn for greasy stains. I had a little bit of some Dawn Pure Essentials left and used it on a STAINED shirt that I haven’t worn for months but couldn’t bear to get rid of. The stain is GONE! Hello, my Little Friend, Dawn!!! (Now I have 3 favorite Dawns in my life!)
I have another recipe I hope to try soon – for Lotion Bars. Do you like lotion bars? With winter and dry skin coming – I hope to find a more natural and inexpensive way to keep our skin softer… Once I’ve tried it, I’ll let you know and share the recipe. =)
Do you have any favorite homemade cleaners or skin care products you use?
(P.S. – check out 1001 Uses for White Distilled Vinegar for more info about how awesome it is to use in laundry, for cleaning, and more!)