Baking Soda is a versatile product that is used in many homemade cleaners. My homemade cleaning products posts have been going over really well, so I thought I’d keep going with it, Especially since my readers keep giving me great ideas!
So far I’ve done posts on basic homemade cleaning products and homemade laundry detergent. I’m happy to report that I made a second batch of laundry detergent, using only half a bar of Fels Naptha soap, and it’s working just fine. The true test was when I washed my towels yesterday. My son had put his Easter-chocolaty hands all over my white towels, and I’m pleased to report the chocolate came right out with the homemade detergent! So make it and use with confidence.
For those who are interested in taking the homemade cleaning products out of the house and into the car, Gibble posted a bunch of homemade cleaning recipes for your car yesterday, so make sure you check it out!
Now on to the new stuff! Shirley, a Being Frugal reader, posted a comment with this recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent. I don’t have a dishwasher, so I can’t vouch for how well it works, but Shirley has been using it for years and says it works better than most commercial detergents.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
Use one tablespoon Borax and one tablespoon baking soda as you would use your normal dishwasher detergent. Easy, eh?
Shirley also reminded me of a stain remover recipe from the Tightwad Gazette. I have used this recipe many, many times, and I can tell you it works miracles!
Last-Ditch Effort Stain Remover
- 1 cup Cascade dishwasher detergent
- 1 cup Clorox II
- Hot water.
Add the Cascade and the Clorox II to about 5 gallons of really hot tap water. (I use my washing machine). Soak the clothes in the water overnight. The next day, wash as usual.
Now I must warn you, this stain removal trick may fade clothes, so only use it if the clothes won’t come clean any other way. When my daughter was a toddler, I used to use this all the time to get spaghetti stains out of her little rompers. It worked every single time. And I think I only faded one outfit, but it REALLY faded.
Non-Toxic Oven Cleaner
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 cup water
Mix ingredients to make a thick paste. Dampen the inside of your oven, then spread the paste throughout the inside. Leave overnight, and wipe clean in the morning.
I’ve used the oven formula before, and it is effective, if your oven isn’t super dirty. It does get a little messy when you’re wiping the oven out, but it sure smells a lot better than the commercial oven cleaner. I feel better baking food in my oven after using a natural cleaner, too.
Now you have three more natural cleaners to add to your homemade cleaner arsenal! If you all keep sending me tips, I may never buy another commercial cleaner again!
Do you have a favorite homemade cleaner recipe? Feel free to leave it in the comments. I’d love to do more posts on homemade cleaners, and I’d love to include your ideas!
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