May 052014
 

Spring Cleaning

I have multiple season allergies that usually land me in bed on a daily basis because of the medications, Benadryl and Claritin help with the allergies but they help with making me sleepy too.

It doesn’t help that I also am allergic to strong fragrances and many cleaners. I can’t even walk down the cleaning supply isle in the store without my lips beginning to tingle so I have had to find alternative methods to clean and sanitize without needing a hazmat suit!

To get information on my current cleaning supplies you can email me directly, I love them and they are definitely a life-saver for me and my pets. However, before I found these cleaners I made my own and since I am on a very limited budget that also means I made them frugally.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

  • 1 box of Borax (4lbs)
  • 1 box of Baking Soda (4lbs)
  • 3 bars of Ivory soap (many people use Fels- Naptha) grated into a fine powder
    **hint the pokey side that you probably don’t ever use on your cheese grater works great for this!**
  • White vinegar

Mix the Borax, baking soda and grated soap and keep it in an airtight container, Rubbermaid containers work great for this or you can use canisters to store smaller portions in your laundry room.

Use 1-2 tablespoons of the dry ingredients per load and about a half ounce of the vinegar in the fabric softener reservoir.

It is important to use vinegar even if you don’t have the reservoir, you can add it straight to the wash when you add the detergent, because the baking soda will swing the pH balance in your clothing when used alone you need the vinegar to bring the pH back into a healthy neutral balance and it happens to be a fabric softener as well so win-win!

laundry soap

Tomorrow learn my frugal trick to glass cleaner and air freshening spray!

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