It’s Raining Coffee!!!

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!)

16 Responses to “It’s Raining Coffee!!!”

  1. Star Says:

    I tried the homemade laundry detergent and it was pretty easy and cheap. However, because we have a septic system, I had to be careful what I used and the best recipe I found meant I was remaking the batch about twice a week. I found that the time making it so often (we wash A LOT with a family of 6) wasn’t really worth it.

    I do love vinegar! Not only does it work as a fabric softener, but it will take the mildew smell out of clothes, you know, like towels that sit to long, ahem! It is also great for whitening clothes up which is a great bleach alternative because you are not supposed to run bleach through a septic system.

    Can’t wait to hear how your other things turn out!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Angela Says:

    Oh I will have to to go over to tip nut and look over the recipes. I love using vinegar for daily household cleaning, that along with baking soda. Have a great weekend!!

  3. Jade @ No Longer 25 Says:

    That’s great that you are making your own washing liquid and trying these new DIY versions, I’ve tried a few of these myself occasionally but never been completley satisfied – I’ll have to give your links a try. How does the vinegar work – do you just put a few drops in the softener bit of the drawer or do you water it down etc – sound like a great idea for towels and sheets.

  4. joyceandnorm Says:

    Good tip on Dawn. Thanks!

  5. Dawn Says:

    Hope I’m one of your “favorite” Dawns. 🙂 Question about the vinegar…doesn’t it make your clothes smell…like vinegar? When do you put it in the wash? Can you use it in a front loading wash machine? I’m INTRIGUED!!!

  6. meatlessmama Says:

    I have made my own laundry soap for a few years, the recipe I use is pretty much like the no. 1 you linked to. I add a few drops of lavendar essential oil and it smells lovely!

  7. Jhona Says:

    Thanks for the tips!!! I have been wanting to try my hand at making my own laundry detergant. I am encouraged by your post!!!

    Have a beautiful day,

  8. TheQueenMommy Says:

    I found that using about 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar in my laundry – I poured it into the fabric softener dispenser – did a great job at softening clothes. It repels lint, too! I use about 1/2 cup for a large load of towels or blankets – and they come out SO soft.

    It does NOT leave our clothes smelling like vinegar – and it DOES keep my washer smelling fresh. I’m famous for leaving a load of wash in the washer overnight (or longer) and finding it smelling awful the next time I open the washer. Vinegar will not only remove the smell from the clothes, but from the washer, too.


    (And Yes, Dawn, you are one of my FIRST favorite Dawns!)

  9. LaDonna Says:

    I have such a craving for coffee these days, I would love it to rain coffee, but it would be a little warm standing out there.

  10. Kim Says:

    What great info thanks for sharing!

  11. Rachel Anne Says:

    Debbie, great tips…I have NEVER tried making laundry soap, but you’ve inspired me. I’ve used vinegar sparingly, but worried about the smell. Now I’m anxious to try it on my towels that I’m about to throw into the wash.

  12. Shawna R. B. Atteberry Says:

    I just de-gunked and freshened our drains with baking soda and vinegar. Absolutely wonderful stuff. I make some of my own cleaning products, but I’m a big believer of bleach as a germ killer, so a couple of my recipes are not eco-friendly (I just cannot give up my bleach, especially in the kitchen and bathroom). It is amazing how much money you save making your own mixes–especially for a good general cleaner.

    I want to know how the lotion bars turn out. I would make those, especially when we travel over the holidays. I can throw one in my suitcase without worrying about how many ounces it is.

  13. Melissa Says:

    Dawn, huh? I would love it if it worked on some of my favorite shirts that have gotten stained! How much do you use?

    I have been meaning to try making my own laundry soap. It’s one of those things that I hate spending money on, but it’s necessary! (Especially with five kids!)

    Thanks for the tips. Have a great weekend!

  14. TheQueenMommy Says:

    I will definitely let you all know how the lotion bars turn out and what I used when I make them.

    For stains, I literally just spot on the Dawn and rub it in and try to allow it to sit for about an hour. I did NOT use Dawn with bleach alternative, so I am not sure how that would affect colors. I would recommend using the Dawn Pure Essentials or your basic Dawn dishsoap for clothes as it is what I have used.

  15. LydiaCate Says:

    Great tips thanks! I’ve thought a time or two about making my own laundry detergent and soap. It just seems hard to me. You make it sound, not so bad.
    I’m definately trying dawn on my laundry.
    Hope you have a great weekend!

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